Sr Staff Software Engineer (NetSec R&D - NextGen)

Santa Clara, CA, United States

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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Company Description

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.

We’re changing the nature of work. Palo Alto Networks is evolving to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. From benefits to learning, location to leadership, we’ve rethought and recreated every aspect of the employee experience at Palo Alto Networks.  And because it FLEXes around each individual employee based on their individual choices, employees are empowered to push boundaries and help us all evolve, together.

Job Description

Your Career

As part of the Strata Network Security dataplane team, you are responsible for developing and innovating solutions for Palo Alto Networks next-generation Firewalls. Specifically in the areas of flow/session management, networking technologies, High availability and data plane architecture. You will also be responsible for innovation, developing proof of concept and productizing 'new' ideas by implementing them and collaborating with team members.

Your Impact

  • Responsible for development of NextGen Network Security Components and Protocols for state-of-the-art firewalls deployed at Enterprise, Data Center, Cloud, and Service Provider environments
  • Development of features and architecture for NextGen Security Hardware and Virtual platforms in areas of Network Security/Threats and stateful TCP/UDP inspection
  • Develop scalable flow architecture for packet processing pipeline using DPDK for multi-core platforms and interface with ASIC functions
  • Develop scalable software solutions for a distributed session architecture spanning across a cluster of firewalls
  • Work with multi-functional team members on feature requirements, including but not limited to Product Management, QA, Support, etc.
  • Product visionary, ideas on competitive edge, Effective decision maker, take ownership and independently drive, lead tasks and assignments


Your  Experience

  • Strong experience in C Programming  and large scale software development on Unix/Linux
  • Strong technical knowledge in computer architecture and systems engineering
  • Strong experience in packet processing, parsing, networking (L2-L4) protocols/architecture
  • Experience in High Availability is preferable
  • Experience in data plane forwarding and any network processor programming
  • Experience in DPDK packet processing and performance tuning is desired
  • Can-do attitude and ability to take initiative and drive open issues to completion
  • Strong communication skills to work effectively with multi-functional groups
  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent military experience required

Additional Information

The Team

Our engineering team is at the core of our products – connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. We are constantly innovating – challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. Our engineers don’t shy away from building products to solve problems no one has pursued before.

We define the industry, instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of a challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment.

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.

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

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.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Covid-19 Vaccination Information for Palo Alto Networks Jobs

  • Vaccine requirements and disclosure obligations vary by country.
  • Unless applicable law requires otherwise, you must be vaccinated for COVID or qualify for a reasonable accommodation if:
    • The job requires accessing a company worksite
    • The job requires in-person customer contact and the customer has implemented such requirements
    • You choose to access a Palo Alto Networks worksite
  • If you have questions about the vaccine requirements of this particular position based on your location or job requirements, please inquire with the recruiter.

Tags: C Cloud Computer Science Firewalls Linux Network security R&D UNIX

Perks/benefits: Career development Medical leave

Region: North America
Country: United States
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