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Site Reliability Engineer



Software Engineering
Munich, Germany
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Who we are

Helsing is a defence AI company. Our mission is to protect our democracies. We aim to achieve technological leadership, so that open societies can continue to make sovereign decisions and control their ethical standards.

As democracies, we believe we have a special responsibility to be thoughtful about the development and deployment of powerful technologies like AI. We take this responsibility seriously.

We are an ambitious and committed team of engineers, AI specialists and customer-facing programme managers. We are looking for mission-driven people to join our European teams – and apply their skills to solve the most complex and impactful problems. We embrace an open and transparent culture that welcomes healthy debates on the use of technology in defence, its benefits, and its ethical implications.

The role

At Helsing we develop and deliver AI-based capabilities and the enabling infrastructure that allow semi-autonomous platforms to localize, navigate, and perceive the world in real time. We build software that is subject to significant and unorthodox technical constraints, must operate in a wide variety of constantly changing environments, and has to support an ever-growing list of challenging use-cases. What we build ultimately ends up in the hands of real people in high-risk, high-stress situations, so must be both reliable and frictionless.

Most of our work happens in classified environments. Your role will be to develop and implement concepts to operate a modern development stack within the rules of a classified environment and to support our project teams with all topics related to classified IT.

The day-to-day

  • Together with our software developers, you will analyze our products and solutions with respect to Geheimschutz requirements. Design and implement solutions for strong access controls, logging and monitoring, and domain transfers between red and black networks.
  • You will install, configure, operate, and maintain security tooling in classified environments, e.g. data diodes, SDoT gateways, firewalls, and VPN solutions.
  • You will be responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of product and solution related IT in classified environments. You will support the project teams with all topics related to classified IT.
  • As a part of the Geheimschutz team, you can decide to take over additional responsibility as a crypto custodian or an IT-VS registrar.
  • You will support the continuous effort to optimize and enhance Geheimschutz in Helsing.
  • You will collaborate closely with our Security and AppSec teams to maintain and evolve our tech-stack.

Key Skills

  • Scripting: experience in either Python, Go, Ruby or Bash/Shell for automation and tooling
  • System Administration: deep understanding of Linux/Unix system administration
  • Expert using Unix and command-line tools and working in remote environments (eg. via ssh)
  • Experience with containerization and orchestration tooling like Docker and Kubernetes
  • Networking: Expert understanding of networking concepts, protocols and security.
  • Working knowledge of monitoring tooling for different technical stacks, both hardware and virtualised.
  • Comfortable building out data and telemetry pipelines for debugging and future-proofing solutions.

You should apply if you

  • Already had a German SÜ2 or SÜ3 security clearance, not older than five years and you are willing to undergo security clearance
  • Have a high level of personal integrity, reliability, and attention to detail
  • Are willing to relocate to Munich
  • Are fluent in German and English

Note: The above bullet points describe the ideal candidate. None of us matched all of these at once when we first joined Helsing. We encourage you to apply even if you believe you meet only part of our wish list.

Nice to Have

  • Already have experience with planning and operating IT in a GEHEIM environment

Join Helsing and work with world-leading experts in their fields

  • Helsing’s work is important. You’ll be directly contributing to the protection of democratic countries while balancing both ethical and geopolitical concerns.

  • The work is unique. We operate in a domain that has highly unusual technical requirements and constraints, and where robustness, safety, and ethical considerations are vital. You will face unique Engineering and AI challenges that make a meaningful impact in the world.

  • Our work frequently takes us right up to the state of the art in technical innovation, be it reinforcement learning, distributed systems, generative AI, or deployment infrastructure. The defence industry is entering the most exciting phase of the technological development curve. Advances in our field of world are not incremental: Helsing is part of, and often leading, historic leaps forward.

  • In our domain, success is a matter of order-of-magnitude improvements and novel capabilities. This means we take bets, aim high, and focus on big opportunities. Despite being a relatively young company, Helsing has already been selected for multiple significant government contracts.

  • We actively encourage healthy, proactive, and diverse debate internally about what we do and how we choose to do it. Teams and individual engineers are trusted (and encouraged) to practise responsible autonomy and critical thinking, and to focus on outcomes, not conformity. At Helsing you will have a say in how we (and you!) work, the opportunity to engage on what does and doesn’t work, and to take ownership of aspects of our culture that you care deeply about.

What we offer

  • A focus on outcomes, not time-tracking

  • Competitive compensation and stock options

  • Relocation support

  • Social and education allowances

  • Regular company events and all-hands to bring together employees as one team across Europe

  • A hands-on onboarding program (affectionately labelled “Infraduction”), in which you will be building tooling and applications to be used across the company. This is your opportunity to learn our tech stack, explore the company, and learn how we get things done - all whilst working with other engineering teams from day one

Helsing is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or gender identity. Please do not submit personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, data concerning your health, or data concerning your sexual orientation.

Helsing's Candidate Privacy and Confidentiality Regime can be found here.