Employment Type:
Full time
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$65,572 - $84,611
Mathematical Statisticians (1076117)
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National Security Agency | Fort George G Meade, MD
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Job Description

The National Security Agency is actively seeking mathematical statisticians to join a vibrant community of statisticians, mathematicians, computer scientists, and other intelligence professionals to work on some of our hardest signals intelligence and information security problems.

In order to successfully perform its signals intelligence mission (to intercept, collect, and analyze foreign signals of relevance to military leaders and policy makers) and its information security mission (to protect all classified information that is stored in, or sent through, U. S. government equipment or networks) the NSA needs to solve a diverse set of problems.  These include, but are not limited to, problems in cryptography, data mining, predictive and explanatory modeling, temporal analysis and forecasting, signals analysis, speech and text processing, coding theory, data compression, analysis of communication networks, and computer security. NSA is unique in its ability to offer the opportunity to work in such diverse areas of applied statistics. To solve the problems generated by NSA's mission, statisticians draw from a wide body of statistical knowledge, ranging over regression, classification, hypothesis testing, estimation, probability, time series, non-parametric statistics, computational Bayesian analysis, and more. However, many times, the essential ingredient to the solution of a problem is not statistical knowledge per se, but the keen analytic ability that a statistician possesses through training and talent.

Computing is an essential component of statistics at NSA. NSA statisticians use a variety of computing platforms to test ideas and implement solutions to the problems described above. While there is no specific requirement for any previous programming or computing experience, a statistician at NSA must be willing to learn to use computers effectively. It is the combination of a statistician's ingenuity and the power of modern computers that has made the statistics community at NSA so successful.

At NSA, teamwork is a tool that contributes to problem solving.  Statisticians are welcome participants at NSA's many workshops and summer programs. Statisticians routinely share their results and ideas through peer-reviewed papers, seminars, and conferences. NSA's learned societies provide opportunities for both intellectual and social interaction among statisticians and mathematicians. While statisticians take pride in being part of a vibrant and cohesive community within NSA, ties to the wider statistics and mathematics communities outside NSA, particularly those at the National Labs and Academia, are also maintained.

Statistics at NSA is a growth area; more and more of the problems faced here are requiring a statistical mindset and the ability to effectively analyze data. Statisticians at NSA will have the opportunity to collaborate with engineers, intelligence and network analysts, and many other intelligence professionals and to learn and experiment in areas far from their original academic training. Moreover, the landscape is always changing. As new communication technologies emerge, so will new challenges for statisticians at NSA.

Newly hired NSA mathematical statisticians begin their careers in the Mathematics Development Program (MDP).  The MDP is a three-year program, the goal of which is to train mathematicians and mathematical statisticians to be broadly knowledgeable in the spectrum of mathematical and statistical sciences used at NSA.  To accomplish this goal, MDP members study cryptologic mathematics, statistics, and related subjects in NSA-taught classes and engage in 6-month tours in NSA offices throughout the enterprise.  Upon graduation, MDP members choose a permanent assignment that is well suited to their skills and interests.
    Salary Range:  $65,572 - $84,611 (Entry/Developmental)

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree.
* Degree in math, physics, engineering, or computer science is preferred.
* Degree must include at least two years of advanced math.

Salary Range:  $78,549 - $104,614 (Full Performance)

Entry with a Bachelor's degree and 1 year of experience, or a post-baccalaureate certificate and 1 year of experience or a Master's degree and 1 year of experience, or a Doctoral degree.
* Degree in math, physics, engineering, or computer science is preferred.
* Degree must include at least two years of advanced math.
* Experience as a cryptographic vulnerability analyst, cryptographic security designer, applied research math, or similar field.

Subject areas of Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science are preferred.
    Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
    Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

This Ad closes on September 30, 2016.

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.