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Posted by: National Security Agency on May 24, 2023


Fort Meade , MD

Job Description:

The National Security Agency is home to the most esteemed, reputable, and established in-house research organization in the U.S. Intelligence Community, employing visionary scientists with backgrounds in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering. Our scientists push the boundaries of science and develop revolutionary ideas that provide our Nation with an overwhelming advantage over our adversaries, and we want you to be a part of our team.

The NSA collaborates with leading companies, universities, and national laboratories to leverage work in overlapping disciplines and identify areas for investment that are critical to the success of our mission. Working together, we develop new ideas that have significant impacts, and we have fun doing it.

We're looking for talented System and Software Architects who are technically skilled in framework design and implementation of complex software and hardware systems. Highly desired individuals will have fluency in C++ and Python, and specifically have a background in physics and/or mathematics.

As a System and Software Architect, you will:
- Guide the development of hardware and/or software of future computing technologies;
- Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to design and develop novel hardware and/or software system architectures (including early or exploratory technologies);
- Review and introduce changes based on project requirements and technological advances;
- Leverage emerging technologies and standards to evaluate and incorporate findings;
- Identify, manage, and actively reduce risks; measure progress across various efforts, maximize reuse of previous efforts, and manage highly dynamic architectures;
- Evaluate, test, and validate design, implementation, enhancement, and deployment of debugging tools; evaluate technical architectures;
- Support stakeholders in setting up problems, running systems, and analyzing results.

Required Skills

Excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills, and possess a range of knowledge and experience in at least two of the following areas:
- Demonstrate expertise in computer architecture and complex systems design; fluency in C++ and Python are desired;
- Operate with minimal oversight and be completely comfortable navigating various Systems Architecture and Engineering Protocols;
- Design and implement short- and long-term strategic goals for designing, developing, managing and maintaining systems hardware and/or software, ensuring performance, security, scalability, maintainability, and reliability;
- Create and maintain hardware and/or software system architecture designs using standard methodologies;
- Collaborate with technical leads and developers on component detailed plans and technical specifications to ensure alignment with overall solution designs;
- Advance systems, and system components, through technology maturity levels from basic research to fully functional;
- Ensure planned and in-place system hardware and/or software architectures align with mission goals;
- Offer technical expertise and architectural guidance and assistance to program personnel including Engineers and Scientists;
- Develop, create, and monitor the implementation of end-to-end integrated systems;
- Review new and existing system designs and make recommendations for improving or altering the systems;
- Balance and focus development of systems and maintenance as requirements change.

Desired Skills

- Computing (hardware and software), data infrastructures, and interconnect solutions;
- High performance computing (HPC) systems;
- Hardware and/or software architecture;
- Integration of novel technologies in real-time environments and workflows;
- Approach to designing and developing solution architectures that adhere to program and mission requirements;
- Technology management, testing, installation, and system maintenance;
- Consulting/tasking outside organizations to resolve system problems;
- Technical problem solving and design;
- Requirements analysis;
- C/C++, Python, High Performance Computing, both Linux-based as well as Windows systems, heterogeneous systems and co-processors (e.g. GPUs or FPGAs), systems programming.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule:
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.

Salary ranges vary by location and work level. This position is hiring for Maryland.

Salary Range: $89,931 - $183,500 (Full Performance, Senior, Expert).


Cross-organizational mentoring is highly encouraged and readily available for all employees. Training is available through: continuing education classes provided by our internal school, vendor training, and a variety of tuition assistance programs. You can also take advantage of work assignment or travel opportunities, both stateside and abroad, or direct engagements with other Intelligence Community agencies.

Work/Life Balance:

As Federal employees, job security is unmatched. In addition, our employees enjoy: relocation assistance, flexible work schedules, generous leave programs, free onsite fitness centers at many locations, available paid personal fitness time within your normal work schedule, flexible health and life insurance, Federal retirement pension, matching employee retirement contributions to the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for up to 5% of salary, and competitive pay.

The typical work schedule is Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 hrs (flexible).

How To Apply - External:
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. 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.

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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.

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

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