Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
9/18/2017
Job Category:
Engineering
Industry:
Government
Compensation:
$68,586 - $85,464
Computer Systems Researcher - Entry to Experienced Level - 30000639
(This job is no longer available)
National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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Job Description

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation.  The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense.  The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.  The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive  classified national security information.

The need to maintain our core Computer Science group is vital to provide the technical capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA's mission. The increased complexity of supporting NSA's mission requires world class researchers, programmers, and developers who operate in teams in areas such as software engineering, reverse engineering, information technology infrastructure, high performance computing, data science, architectures, computer security, and networking in order to design and develop advanced tools, techniques, and systems.

Description of Position

Computer Scientists design, develop, deliver, and/or operate solutions to hard computer science problems within a scientific framework. The solutions may arise in the forms of forensics and attack attribution, protection of critical networks, active systems warnings and indicators, active penetration into target systems, knowledge discovery of passive and active systems, or other computer science mission support.

Computer Scientists are hired into positions directly supporting a research office, technical mission office or the Computer Science Development Program (CDP). The CDP is a 3 year development program designed to produce professional level Computer Scientists through an intensive, structured program of formal training courses and diverse work assignments.

The purpose of the Computer Science Development Program (CDP) is to develop a network of computer science professionals prepared to discover, design, develop, deliver, and operate solutions to hard computer science problems throughout NSA. Highly qualified early career computer scientists are provided opportunities for career broadening assignments and systematic development of knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to excel in the computer science skill field at NSA. Successful graduates of the program are expected to be agents of change in the Agency's adaptation to rapidly emerging and evolving technology in its mission space and in its approach to information technology management.  

As a Computer Scientist, other responsibilities may include:

- using principles, techniques, procedures, and tools to architect and facilitate the development of hardware solutions
- applying software engineering principles to design and/or develop software applications
- developing methods and applications for tools to exploit and analyze computer systems and network vulnerabilities
- designing and optimizing algorithms, data structures, modeling, and analytics to solve real-world scientific problems
    
Skills
    
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is able to:

- work in a team environment
- communicate effectively
- handle multiple assignments
- synthesize information to solve complex problems-
- apply knowledge data structures and algorithms to software engineering problems
- develop, diagnose, and/or operate complex computer systems

Specialized skills and experience in one or more of the following is required:

- Programming (low level, high level, parallel)
- Computer systems research
- Simulation/model development and prototyping
- Software engineering
- Hardware engineering
- Computational science
- Algorithm analysis and design
- Reverse engineering
    
Qualifications
    
Salary Range: $68,586 - $85,464 (Entry/Developmental)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree must be in Computer Science (CS). Related fields (e.g., Engineering, Mathematics) may be considered relevant if the programs contain, at minimum, a concentration of courses in the following foundational CS areas: algorithms; computer architecture (not network architecture); programming methodologies and languages; data structures; logic and computation; and advanced mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Information Technology (IT) or Information Systems (IS) degrees may be considered relevant if the programs contain the amount and type of coursework equivalent to a CS major.

Relevant experience must be in computer systems research; simulation/model development and prototyping; software design; programming; computational science; algorithm analysis and design; reverse engineering; and/or designing/developing computer or information systems, including engineering hardware and/or software.


Salary Range: $79,334 - $105,663 (Full Performance)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree must be in Computer Science (CS). Related fields (e.g., Engineering, Mathematics) may be considered relevant if the programs contain, at minimum, a concentration of courses in the following foundational CS areas: algorithms; computer architecture (not network architecture); programming methodologies and languages; data structures; logic and computation; and advanced mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Information Technology (IT) or Information Systems (IS) degrees may be considered relevant if the programs contain the amount and type of coursework equivalent to a CS major.

Relevant experience must be in computer systems research; simulation/model development and prototyping; software design; programming; computational science; algorithm analysis and design; reverse engineering; and/or designing/developing computer or information systems, including engineering hardware and/or software.
    
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
    
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.