Wikimedia Foundation is hiring a

Software Engineer, Security

San Francisco, United States


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Software Engineer to join the Security team working to help protect Wikipedia and our other projects. You'll be working with other developers and security engineers to create and maintain security-centric features of our public sites, and to develop tools used by the Security team to aid in finding and fixing security bugs before they're exploited.

YOU ARE ...a smart software developer with experience building security features in large scale systems. You understand the importance of testing and documentation, and common pitfalls in developing secure web applications. You must have a passion for the WMF mission. We do (almost) everything publicly, and volunteers can add arbitrary JavaScript to our site. That should both frighten and thrill you.

You will be joining a team responsible for ensuring the security and integrity of applications written in PHP, Python, Ruby, Lua, Perl, JavaScript (Node.js) among others, using both relational and key-value data storage mechanisms. (Don't worry, you don't need to have had experience with all of those technologies.)

As a Software Engineer for the security team, we’d like you to do these things:

  • Collaborate with Foundation and community members on creation of software specifications
  • Implement and maintain security-centric features (authentication/authorization, encryption, hashing, and PKI management)
  • Create tools to automate Security team processes
  • Write and apply software patches to remediate reported security issues

We’d like you to have these skills:

The right person is better than the right set of experiences, these are the traits we’ve identified make great additions to our team so far.

  • Three years of software development experience, with a focus in web application development using one or more of PHP, Node.js, and Python
  • Thorough understanding of issues documented in the OWASP Top Ten and CWE Top 25
  • Sensitivity to the security challenges faced by participants in a large, international project
  • Experience working with a large, mature PHP codebase
  • Strong knowledge of the use of a scripting language for system administration and automation
  • Experience using Linux/Unix at the command line for tasks related to web application development and deployment ("DevOps")
  • Ability to maintain focus when working remotely

And it would be even more awesome if you have this:

In addition to the basic skills needed for being successful these skills could set you apart from the pack!

  • Experience as a contributor in the Wikipedia or Wikimedia project communities
  • Experience contributing to a consensus-based open source project
  • Experience developing, maintaining, or administering authentication systems
  • Experience with both relational and NoSQL/key-value data storage mechanisms

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 431 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property worldwide. Available in more than 287 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 32 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants. The Wikimedia Foundation was created in 2003 to manage the operation of Wikipedia and its sister projects. It currently employs over 208 staff members. Wikimedia is supported by local chapter organizations in 40 countries or regions.

The Wikimedia Foundation offers competitive benefits. Fully paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!). A Wellness Program which provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, massages, cooking classes and much more. 401(k) retirement plan with matched contributions of 4% of annual salary.

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