Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
12/27/2017
Job Category:
Analysis
Industry:
Government
Compensation:
$66,228 - $85,464
Scientific Linguist - Entry to Experienced Level - 30000652
(This job is no longer available)
National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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Job Description

    
NSA Overview

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 of classified national security information.

Scientific Linguists support the mission by designing, developing, evaluating, and/or integrating products to enhance the understanding of mission critical foreign languages or materials by applying linguistic knowledge (e.g. syntax, morphology, phonetics, semantics) to address operational problems.

Responsibilities

Applicants with limited or no cryptologic language analysis experience will be hired into the Language Analysis Development Program (LADP). The LADP, which lasts up to three years, is designed to provide an intensive, accelerated opportunity to acquire the unique technical skills and experience needed to successfully apply knowledge and analytic ability to the SIGINT mission and help Scientific Linguists achieve core analytic competencies. The program includes 4-5 operational tours in a variety of offices, interspersed with formal classroom and computer-based training. These on-the-job operational tours are designed to give Scientific Linguists the skills they need to emerge from the program as well-rounded analysts capable of working a variety of missions.  Applicants with cryptologic language analysis experience will be assessed to see whether they have the skills to be hired directly into a specific mission, if there are positions available.

Duties of a Scientific Linguist include:

- Transcribe, translate and/or gist foreign language material.
- Review foreign language material for purposes of language processing tool development.
- Create corpora or annotate language data to support the development of language processing systems.
- Create computer algorithms (e.g., pre- and post-processing of data, manipulating data, scripting) to support the development of language processing systems.
- Analyze output of various processing and analysis programs/systems/tools, including newly developed hardware and software (for example, beta testing).
- Conduct outreach to mission customers to define requirements and solicit feedback to optimize the development of language processing tools.
    
Skills
    
We are always looking for well-qualified applicants with exceptional language skills. We are currently looking for applicants with proficiency in the languages listed below. However, if you don't see your language in the list, you should still apply because our language requirements can change at any time.

- Arabic
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Korean
- Persian-Farsi
- Russian

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continuous learning and strong problem-solving, communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills who is:

- accountable
- detail-oriented
- customer and results-oriented
- able to adapt to changing requirements
- able to manage multiple tasks and assignments
- able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a professional and collaborative environment

Specialized knowledge and experience in any of the following is desired:

- application of the principles and methods of linguistics (e.g., extending algorithms, writing structured notation, identifying and exploiting language patterns).
- identification of technical issues associated with foreign languages (e.g., working with Unicode, transcription systems).
- evaluation of a language processing tool or system to test its features and/or identify its shortcomings (e.g., evaluating rules, models, components, or output).
- use of regular expressions and/or scripting languages (e.g., Python, Perl).
    
Qualifications
    
Salary Range:  $66,228 - $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.

Degree in Linguistics (e.g., Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, or Computational Linguistics) is preferred. However, a degree in Math, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering is also acceptable if accompanied by a minor, concentration, or demonstrated knowledge of linguistics or a foreign language. A degree in a foreign language is acceptable if accompanied by a minor or concentration in linguistics, math, or computer science.

Experience in programming, using scripting languages, applied linguistics, and/or conducting linguistic research to support development of language technology, processing systems, assessments, and/or pedagogy is desired. Applicant must have a minimum language proficiency of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 1+/1+ in reading and listening in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered.


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. An Associate's degree (or graduation from DLI in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered) plus 5 years of relevant experience may also be considered.

Degree in Linguistics (e.g., Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, or Computational Linguistics) is preferred. However, a degree in Math, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering is also acceptable if accompanied by a minor, concentration, or demonstrated knowledge of linguistics or a foreign language. A degree in a foreign language is acceptable if accompanied by a minor or concentration in linguistics, math, or computer science.

Experience in programming, using scripting languages, applied linguistics, and/or conducting linguistic research to support development of language technology, processing systems, assessments, and/or pedagogy is desired. Applicant must have a minimum language proficiency of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 2/2 in reading and listening in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered.

In special cases (e.g., hard to fill positions in critical or less-common languages/dialects) where no viable applicants are available with the minimum language proficiency level or years of experience required, applicants with less than the minimum will be considered. Applicants with less than the minimum language proficiency will require additional language training to reach ILR Level 2 in at least one mode (reading or listening) within 2-3 years.


Salary Range:  $94,796 - $145,629 (Senior)

*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 6 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree (or graduation from DLI in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered) plus 8 years of relevant experience may also be considered.

Degree in Linguistics (e.g., Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, or Computational Linguistics) is preferred. However, a degree in Math, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering is also acceptable if accompanied by a minor, concentration, or demonstrated knowledge of linguistics or a foreign language. A degree in a foreign language is acceptable if accompanied by a minor or concentration in linguistics, math, or computer science.

Relevant experience must be in programming, using scripting languages, applied linguistics, and/or conducting linguistic research to support development of language technology, processing systems, assessments, and/or pedagogy. Applicant must have a minimum language proficiency of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3/2 or 2/3 in reading and listening in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered.

In special cases (e.g., hard to fill positions in critical or less-common languages/dialects) where no viable applicants are available with the minimum language proficiency level required, applicants with less than the minimum will be considered. Applicants with less than the minimum language proficiency will require additional language training to reach ILR Level 3 in at least one mode (reading or listening) within 2-3 years.

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.