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Posted by: National Security Agency on Jun 22, 2011


Fort George G. Meade, MD

Job Description:

Computer/Electrical Engineers at the National Security Agency (NSA) push the limits of the most advanced technologies in pursuit of technological breakthroughs that help ensure the Nation's information superiority.

Computer/Electrical Engineering opportunities range from fundamental research through advanced development, small to large system design and prototype development, developmental test and evaluation, field installation, and operational support.

At NSA, you will be involved in different projects designed to enhance your professional growth. No matter what career path you follow, you will experience the demanding and exhilarating challenges unavailable to those in the private sector.

Computer Science/Electrical Engineering career paths include:
- Design of special-purpose computers and antenna systems
- Pattern recognition technologies
- Signals analysis
- Optics
- Design, development, and testing of electronic communications

You will be involved in multiple stages of projects, including requirements analysis, design, simulation, experimentation, benchwork, prototype development and testing, manufacturing, and possibly field work.

Technical Skills:
The following technical skills are needed throughout NSA:

Networking Engineering - Design/analysis of LANs/WANs, routers, switches, firewalls, protocol
Software Engineering - JAVA, C++, XML, HTML, Web applications, object oriented analysis and design, rapid prototyping, algorithm development
Communications - Digital and analog, fixed and mobile wireless, satellite, antenna design
Systems Engineering - End-to-end real-time operating systems, signals processing, VHDL/hardware development
Microelectronics - VHDL, FPGA, microelectronic manufacturing and testing (MCM, SOC), electronic packagaing, VLSI
Ideal candidates should possess the following:
- A Bachelor's degree in Computer/Electrical Engineering or related field
- A minimum GPA of 3.0
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Innovative thinking to solve complex problems
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Salary range: $42,209 to $97,333
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U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants.  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.
DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

Education Level:

Bachelors degree or higher

Pay Rate:

Commensurate with experience

HR. Website URL:

Security Clearance:

Secret or top secret

Travel Requirements:


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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. Learn more about our careers at Employment opportunities are available in the following areas: • Computer/Electrical Engineering • Computer Science • Cybersecurity • Data Science • Information Assurance • Mathematics • Foreign Language Analysis • Intelligence Analysis • Cryptanalysis • Signals Analysis • Security & Counterintelligence • Business • Finance & Accounting • Paid Internships, Scholarships & Co-op

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