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National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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There are many reasons why the NSA stands as the country's leading employer of mathematicians. The most important reason? Job satisfaction. Our mathematicians enjoy their work in a setting that offers some of today's most distinctive challenges and problems...and exceptional colleagues to work with. As an NSA mathematician, you may find yourself designing and analyzing complex algorithms, or expressing difficult cryptographic problems in mathematical terms, and then applying both your art and science to find a solution...or demonstrating that a solution cannot be found, given certain computational limitations and reasonable time limits.

Among our community of mathematicians, we count those who have chosen to apply their skills in closely aligned areas. Many of our most successful computer scientists and signals analysts hold advanced mathematical degrees, allowing seamless interface among many of our disciplines. In fact, we encourage participation in interdisciplinary assignments and training that provide additional professional breadth. Ongoing skill enhancement at the NSA takes on many forms. For example, both formal and informal seminars are routinely organized among groups of scholars to study specific, timely math-related topics (both theoretical and applied), while professional organizations sponsor regular discussions on issues of broader interest.

Though the results of our classified research cannot be disseminated, many of our mathematicians maintain close contact with the greater math community-continuing unclassified research collaboration, teaching courses at nearby universities, participating in the activities of professional societies, working with local school programs, and beyond.


Transcripts are required when applying for mathematics positions. All undergraduate and graduate level transcripts must spell out the full titles of courses taken. Unofficial transcripts may be accepted at this time; however, we do require official transcripts later during your processing. Please submit your transcripts at the time you submit your resume. To apply online, please visit www.nsa.gov and click on Careers. [To apply for this program, click on Apply Online and select View Job Posting/Apply for Job. Under Job Categories select Mathematics and click on the Search button. Add Mathematicians to Job Basket and click on Apply for Jobs in Basket. Follow directions as prompted.] U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. A security clearance must be granted prior to employment and you will be required to undergo extensive pre-employment processing. This includes: aptitude testing; an interview with a psychologist and a security interview conducted with the aid of a polygraph; and a personnel interview. The final stage of processing will be successful completion of a background investigation. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. The NSA is committed to cultural diversity in its workplace. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

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.