Security Researcher
Coverity - San Francisco, CA

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Coverity is a 275+ person pre-IPO company that is healthy and growing rapidly. With record growth in 2012, we are part of the Deloitte Fast 500, the San Francisco Fast 100, and the 2012 CODiE award winner. Our experienced leadership team has "been there, done that" in enterprise software.

Our products find bugs and security vulnerabilities in source code before they can crash software in the key systems of such important things as pacemakers, cars, and cell phones -- and before they can be hacked by malicious attackers. We are considered to be the leader in the embedded software testing space -- and we are rapidly expanding into other industries and markets. Among our 1,100 customers are:

7 of the 10 top global brands

All 10 top aerospace and defense companies

All 10 top consumer electronics companies

8 of the 10 top telecommunications companies

7 of the 10 top software companies

You name a product in your daily life, and it is likely that we made it better by improving the software. We are proud that the software of the Mars Rover Curiosity is "Coverity-clean" and our products contributed to the success of the large Hadron Collider. In addition, Coverity provides free code analysis to open source projects through our SCAN initiative and most top universities use us as part of their Computer Science curriculum to demonstrate software testing at its best.

As a Security Researcher, you will work on advanced technologies in our CTO's office. You will be responsible for participating in the research of software defects in several types of applications (web, mobile, embedded, etc.), reviewing and applying the latest security research, and collaborating with universities and industry partners as needed. You will apply your experience and knowledge in solving complex problems related to new products and product enhancements. In this capacity, you must be intellectually intrigued by problem solving, a self-starter, and have a notable background in research that will allow to you attack new problems in computer security.

We are especially looking for people with very strong knowledge of applications security and analysis, who can think out of the box, and rapidly develop prototypes. Prior experience in performing code review, penetration testing, and using static analysis are huge positives. If you've got experience with any known static analysis and developer testing tools like Fortify, AppScan Source, or Klocwork, we'd love to talk to you! If you feel like there is a need to improve the current state of application analysis for security, we’d love to talk to you!

Job Requirements :

Proven expertise in a field of application security (web app, mobile, games, etc.)

Fluent in at least one mainstream programming language

A strong background in C++, ASP.NET, or Java code review or development is a must.

Familiarity with enterprise application architectures and frameworks

Strong oral and written communication skills

Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment of other researchers and engineers

Strong aptitude for learning new technologies

Must work effectively with R&D team on assigned projects

The ideal candidate will be a proactive contributor and subject matter expert on team projects

Must be self-directed and be able to work independently with high-level guidance

Education & Experience:
Demonstrated ability to have completed multiple, moderately complex technical tasks.

No specific degrees are required, however several years’ experience with consulting for large organizations OR an advanced degree from a top computer science school would be preferred.

Our San Francisco offices are newly renovated in an open concept and right next to AT&T Park and the southern freeway. CalTrain and Muni are one block away, and we provide free passes for CalTrain. We have an office shuttle to take you to the financial district and the ferry/BART/bus lines. We use the best computer equipment available and top-of-the-line office furniture. The view from our office is priceless!

We offer:
Competitive base salaries

Semi-annual bonuses based on company performance

Stock options

Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)

Matching 401k contribution program

Monthly commute allowance

Employee referral bonuses of $5,000 per hire

Insurance (travel, life, short/long-term disability)

All the snacks and drinks you want

Coverity is a meritocracy where people are rewarded based on merit — if you produce, you will earn more!


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