Director, Applications


North America Region

Job Functions


Corelight is an early-stage cybersecurity startup based in downtown San Francisco, with offices in Columbus, OH and Santa Clara, CA. We secure some of the most sensitive and mission-critical networks in the world, and our rapidly-growing customer base includes eight of the Fortune 50.  We help our customers know their networks better than anyone else, delivering insight that dramatically shifts the way that SOCs react to, and defend against, attacks. Corelight provides vital assistance at every phase, from alert to response and beyond, through rich, structured, pivotable data.

Our culture is open and accepting. We incorporate data, ideas, and evidence from anywhere, and use them to drive success. We take thoughtful risks and build on each other’s work to uncover the best ideas. We serve our customers, the open-source community, and each other. 


You will be leading our Application teams. These teams are responsible for developing and supporting the applications (Zeek and Suricata) that run on top of our Sensors and provide value to our customers. This role will require an experienced, hands-on, detail oriented, and low ego engineering leader. The right candidate will be self-driven, motivated and want to work with a level of autonomy in the organization.You will report to the Sr Director Sensor team.


  • Lead and mentor the engineering teams responsible for Corelight’s applications.
  • Be an engineering thought leader in the area of Zeek, Suricata, and Network Traffic Insights in general.
  • Lead collaboration between Research, Engineering, and the Open Source team.
  • Work to productize algorithms and content developed by the Corelight Labs team.
  • Lead the development process for the Applications teams including sprint planning and retrospectives, code-reviews, code style guidelines and mentoring team members.
  • Have regular one on one meetings with direct reports, grow their skillsets, and motivate them to excel in their careers.
  • Work with other engineering teams to coordinate work, identify dependencies, and track deliverables.
  • Implement and test new features using modern techniques and best practices.
  • Develop and cultivate a devops style of development, where engineers are expected to develop, test, and support their software (with assistance from Quality Engineering and Customer Support).
  • Collaborate with our product and design teams to develop and launch attractive solutions for novel functionality.
  • Partner with our platform and QA teams to improve architecture and ensure quality and responsiveness of applications. 


  • Strong appreciation and support for our core values: low ego results, tireless service, and applied curiosity.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of software development on Unix-style platforms
  • A demonstrated history of creating, leading, and scaling Engineering teams
  • Deep understanding of cyber-security and networking
  • Experience with IDS/IPS systems
  • Professional experience with Threat Hunting and/or Incident Response
  • Experience with Zeek, Suricata highly preferred
  • Deep and practical understanding of agile software development best practices.
  • Deep understanding of scalable configuration management architectures and practices.
  • Deep understanding for managing a production focussed, enterprise software engineering team and all that entails.
  • Experience programming in at least one popular systems-oriented programming language (such as Python, Go, C, or C++)
  • Strong desire to have fun and be part of a winning team!

A note on experience

We understand that no candidate is perfectly qualified for any job. Experience comes in different forms; many skills are transferable; and passion goes a long way. Even more important than your resume is a clear demonstration of dedication, impact, and the ability to thrive in a fluid and collaborative environment. We want you to learn new things in this role, and we encourage you to apply if your experience is close to what we’re looking for.

We also know that diversity of background and thought makes for better problem solving and more creative thinking, which is why we're dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team.

Working at Corelight

In addition to helping to make networks safer around the world, Corelight is a great place to work. We provide competitive salaries, equity and benefits, but those are just table stakes. No matter where you're based, we aspire to make working here one the best experiences of your career.

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