Senior Software DevOps Engineer

Location US-MD-Columbia
Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(2/1/2024 3:51 PM)
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NFP UL Research Institutes

At UL, we know why we come to work.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Software DevOps Engineer at UL Research Institutes remote-base team a part of the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) based in our Columbia, MD office.


The Senior Software Engineer builds, tests, and maintains infrastructure and tools so that software can be developed and released for the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI).  The Senior Software Engineer is a key contributor on project teams to define specifications for complex software programming applications and modifies existing applications. Supports leadership in the analysis of software and hardware system needs, options, risks, costs and impact on processes and goals that advances the mission of the institute.


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At UL Research Institutes (UL), we wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!


Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI)


UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire safety knowledge to address the world’s unresolved fire safety risks and emerging dangers. As part of UL Research Institutes, we are committed to sharing our fire safety insights with everyone to advance UL’s public safety mission of providing safe living and working environments for people everywhere. Through advanced fire science, rigorous research, extensive outreach and education in collaboration with our international network of partners, we impart stakeholders with the information, tools and resources that enable them to make better, more fire-safe decisions that ultimately save lives and property. To learn more, visit

What you’ll learn & achieve:

As the Senior Software DevOps Engineer, you will play a key role in the rapid growth of UL as you:

  • Develop and modify complex information system programs integrating the latest research results.
  • Key contributor on project teams and defines specifications for complex software programming applications and modifies existing applications.
  • Improve software performance by investigating problems, developing specifications, identifying trends in technology, and recommending, integrating, and documenting solutions.
  • Identifies system requirements by interviewing users, interviewing, and selecting software engineers, analyzing applications, evaluating existing and proposed systems, and recommending solutions.
  • Moderate open-source software contributions to UL’s open-source software applications.
  • Independently analyzes and isolates application issues and performs problem resolution.
  • Monitors progress of larger software-based projects by tracking activity, resolving problems, publishing progress reports, and recommending solutions.
  • Works as part of a team.
  • Mentor colleagues in DevOps best practices.
  • Performs code reviews of junior software engineers and provides constructive feedback on findings, both verbal and in writing.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

While no one candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional competencies and personal attributes:

  • Advanced technical knowledge of software deployment solutions.
  • Advanced working knowledge in cloud-based, distributed systems.
  • Experience working with Terraform, AWS, Helm and Kubernetes.
  • Experience implementing and maintaining platform observability.
  • Excellent project management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Strong relationship management skills.
  • Strong management, initiative, and influence skills to create alignment with multiple stakeholders and deliver results in a matrix organization.
  • Positive and collaborative attitude and interpersonal skills to work effectively with leaders and colleagues across the organization.
  • Must be a self-starter and possess excellent leadership qualities.

 Professional education and experience requirements for the role include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in software development, with a focus on platform operations.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 128 years and is deeply ingrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at UL Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement are eligible for bonus compensation. We offer comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

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About UL Research Institutes 

UL Research Institutes are nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.

Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Solutions, advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Solutions, which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.

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