Senior Software Engineer (Threat research infrastructure)

Engineering Santa Clara, California


Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

The Security Research Team is responsible for innovating new security techniques. As a member of the Security Research Team, you will work with researchers on implementing different projects that detect and defense against various emerging threats in areas include Web security, Network security, etc. You will be a key person in transforming ideas into products which are part of the next generation security platform.

Your Impact

  • Develop and Build threat research systems for both internal tools and customer-facing products
  • Write design documents, SW development guidelines, and best practices
  • Work closely with team members and PMs to gather requirements, design, implement and release
  • Proven problem-solving and interpersonal communication skills

Your Experience

  • Enthusiasm for software development, strive to write clear, consistent and reusable code
  • Strong Computer Science fundamentals (data structures, operating systems, database, OOD)
  • Proficient in Python and experience with Go/Java/Javascript
  • Experience with backend development (Kubernetes, relational DB, NoSQL)
  • Experience with web application development (Django/React.js) is a plus
  • Experience with the Google Cloud platform is a plus
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • 2+ years’ experience preferred
  • Creative thinker and team player, with good communication skills and desire to make differences
  • Hands-on and can-do attitude
  • Have a sense of ownership over their work and the team
The Team

To stay ahead of the curve, it’s critical to know where the curve is, and how to anticipate the changes we’re facing. For the fastest growing cybersecurity company, the curve is the evolution of cyberattacks and the products and services that proactively address them. Our engineering team is at the core of our products – connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. They are constantly innovating – challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. These engineers aren’t shy about building products to solve problems no one has pursued before. They define the industry, instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment.

Our engineering team is provided with an unrivaled chance to create the products and practices that will support our company growth over the next decade, defining the cybersecurity industry as we know it. If you see the potential of how incredible people products can transform a business, this is the team for you. If you don’t wait for directions, instead, identifying new features and opportunities we have to just get better, this is your new career.

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together. To learn more about our dedication to inclusion and innovation, visit our Life at Palo Alto Networks page and our diversity website.

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

Additionally, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at