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Posted by: National Security Agency on Oct 13, 2021


Fort Meade , MD

Job Description:

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect the nation. Our mission requires a strong offense and steadfast defense. The offense collects and processes foreign signals, and disseminates vital information for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents and eradicates cyber threats to U.S. national security systems and critical infrastructure.

The tremendous complexity of NSA's mission requires world-class researchers, scientists, programmers and engineers who work in artificial intelligence, high performance computing, hardware and software reverse engineering, information technology infrastructure, data science, software engineering, architectures, computer security and networking, among others. NSA researchers invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology, ultimately providing technical capabilities necessary to execute the Agency's critical mission.

Description of Position

NSA Researcher Scientists are actively expanding the boundaries of what can be accomplished with artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-machine teaming, software reverse engineering, and high performance computing. Our experts generalize mission problems, advance the scientific state-of-the-art to solve the problem, and work with other NSA organizations to get solutions in front of mission users and decision-makers.

NSA research activities have saved lives, and they continue to make the U.S. and its allies safer and more secure. In addition to working closely with mission partners, our researchers also collaborate regularly with the scientific community, academia, industry, and other government laboratories; publish papers on unclassified aspects of our work in scientific journals and at conferences; transfer NSA technology to the marketplace through open source software releases and public-private partnerships; serve as faculty members at local universities; and participate in university and K-12 STEM outreach activities across the country. Unlike other research facilities, NSA laboratories are funded internally, which allows our researchers to spend their time conducting research rather than writing proposals.

Specifically NSA is interested in applicants conducting research in artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, human-machine teaming, novel architectures, cybersecurity, software reverse engineering, computer vision, and computational linguistics. Successful candidates should have demonstrated success in conducting Computer Science research and a proven track record of turning research ideas into running prototype-grade systems.

As a Research Scientist, other responsibilities may include:
-Conducting scientific experiments, documenting results, and communicating with colleagues, customers, and decision makers
-Training, testing, and deploying machine learning models
-Applying software engineering principles to design and/or develop software applications
-Designing and optimizing algorithms, data structures, modeling, and analytics to solve real-world scientific problems
-Using principles, techniques, procedures, and tools to architect and facilitate the development of hardware solutions
-Developing methods and applications for tools to exploit and analyze computer systems and network vulnerabilities

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)
-Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
-Simulation/model development and prototyping
-Software engineering
-Hardware engineering
-Architectures and Distributed Computing
-Algorithm analysis and design
-Reverse engineering
-Operating systems and/or device driver development (desktop/server/RTOS)

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).

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***PLEASE NOTE: 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.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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.

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About National Security Agency

As a member of the military, you understand the importance of a mission. Much like you, the workforce at the National Security Agency (NSA) is proud and patriotic, and knows the importance of keeping the nation safe. If you are dedicated and mission-oriented, NSA has exciting career opportunities that fit your military training: • Intelligence Analysis • Intelligence Collection • Foreign Language Analysis • Computer Science • Cyber • Engineering and Physical Sciences • Mathematical Sciences • Business, Accounting and Budget • Inspection, Investigation and Compliance • Law and Legal Services • Medical and Occupational Health • Security and Law Enforcement • Human Resources • Education and Training • General Administrative Support • Communication and Public Affairs • Infrastructure and Logistics • Paid Internships, Scholarships and Co-Op Apply today.

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