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Staff Application Security Engineer - Dropbox

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Job Title
Staff Application Security Engineer
Job Location
Remote - US: Arizona; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Massachusetts; Maryland; North Carolina; Oregon; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; Washington DC; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; Irvine, CA
Job Description

Role Description 

As part of the Application Security team, you’ll be working to reduce risk across Dropbox. We partner with engineering and product teams during each point of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) and help drive broader security initiatives across Dropbox.
Application Security Engineers provide security impact by developing secure-by-default libraries and frameworks that teams across Dropbox can frictionlessly integrate into their products. They also offer their expertise on security matters through cross-team consultations that cover design and threat modeling, as well as through documentation and educational initiatives.


  • Act as a subject matter expert on application security domains involving web, mobile, and desktop platforms
  • Conduct security consultations on new and existing products, and be able to communicate complicated issues to non-technical audiences
  • Improve upon and further integrate the Secure Development Lifecycle (SDLC) into product design and engineering efforts
  • Empower secure-by-default development by shipping libraries and frameworks that address classes of vulnerabilities at scale
  • Assist with code reviews to proactively identify potential vulnerabilities, and follow-up with tooling to prevent future vulnerabilities


  • 10+ years experience in application security engineering
  • BS degree in Computer Science or related technical field involving coding (e.g., cybersecurity), or equivalent technical experience
  • Strong communication skills and relationship building skills
  • Experience in architecting and building application security on modern tech stacks across multiple platforms (web, mobile, desktop)
  • Experience in building and scaling the Secure Development Lifecycle
  • Experience with threat modeling and handling vulnerability reports
  • Experience partnering with cross-functional engineering and product teams
  • Be able to demonstrate software development experience

Total Rewards

Our Engineering Career Framework is viewable by anyone outside the company and describes what’s expected for our engineers at each of our career levels. Check out our blog post on this topic and more here.

At Dropbox, we strive to be a great place for all Dropboxers to grow and be recognized for that growth. This job posting reflects broad requirements, and represents two potential levels of role. Through our assessment process, we will identify your level that ties to compensation based on your experience and technical expertise along with the scope of the role. 

For candidates hired in the following locations: Austin (TX) metro, Chicago metro, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Washington D.C. metro, California (outside SF metro), the expected salary/On-Target Earnings (OTE) range for the role is currently $195,800 - $230,400 - $265,000 if you are assessed at the IC4 level. If you are instead assessed at the IC5 level, the expected salary/On-Target Earnings (OTE) range for the role is currently $216,500 - $254,700 - $292,900. 

For candidates hired in the following locations: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (outside Chicago Metro), North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (outside Austin Metro), Virginia (outside D.C. Metro), the expected salary/On-Target Earnings (OTE) range for the role is currently $174,100 - $204,800 - $235,500 if you are assessed at the IC4 level. If you are instead assessed at the IC5 level, the expected salary/On-Target Earnings (OTE) range for the role is currently $192,400 - $226,400 - $260,400. 

Range(s) is subject to change. Dropbox takes a number of factors into account when determining individual starting pay, including job and level they are hired into, location/metropolitan area, skillset, and peer compensation. Dropbox uses the zip code of an employee’s remote work location to determine which metropolitan pay range we use. 

Salary/OTE is just one component of Dropbox’s total rewards package. All regular employees are also eligible for the corporate bonus program or a sales incentive (target included in OTE) as well as stock in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).

Dropbox Headquarters Location

San Francisco, CA

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Dropbox Company Size

Between 2,667 - 2,667 employees

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Dropbox Funding Rounds

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  • Debt Financing

    $600,000,000 USD

  • Debt Financing

    $500,000,000 USD

  • Series C

    $350,000,000 USD

  • Series B

    $250,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $6,000,000 USD

  • Seed

    $1,200,000 USD

  • Seed

    $15,000 USD