Cryptanalytic Computer Scientist at National Security Agency (Fort Meade, MD)

National Security Agency

Software Engineer Full Time

Responsibilities The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation.  The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense.  The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.  The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. 

The need to maintain our core Computer Science group is vital to provide the technical capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA's mission. The increased complexity of supporting NSA's mission requires world class researchers, programmers, and developers who operate in teams in areas such as software engineering, information technology infrastructure, high performance computing, data science, architectures, computer security, and networking in order to design and develop advanced tools, techniques, and systems.

Description of Position

Cryptanalytic Computer Scientists employ the hybrid skill-set of advanced computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics to ensure solutions to the most difficult cryptanalytic problems and take full advantage of the NSA's software and hardware capabilities.

Cryptanalytic Computer Scientists are hired into positions directly supporting a technical mission office or the Cryptanalytic Computer Network Operations Development Program (C2DP). The NSA/CSS Cryptanalytic Computer Network Operations Development Program is a 3 year development program designed to produce professional level Cryptanalytic Computer Scientists through an intensive, structured program of formal training courses and diverse work assignments.  

NSA's Computer Science field offers participation in a vast array of challenging projects, systems, networks and applications necessary to manipulate and analyze enormous volumes of data at staggering speeds. As a member of a technical mission office or the C2DP, Cryptanalytic Computer Scientists solve challenging cryptanalytic, high-performance computing, and computer network operations problems of critical importance to protecting the nation's interests in cyberspace. Other responsibilities may include:

- using principles, techniques, procedures, and tools to architect and facilitate the development of hardware solutions
- applying software engineering principles to design and/or develop software applications
- developing methods and applications for tools to exploit and analyze computer systems and network vulnerabilities
- designing and optimizing algorithms, data structures, modeling, and analytics to solve real-world scientific problems Skills The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is/can:

- flexible
- communicate effectively 
- collaborate with others 

Specialized skills and experience in one or more of the following is required: 

- Programming (low level, high level, parallel)
- Computer systems research
- Simulation/model development and prototyping
- Software engineering 
- Hardware engineering
- Computational science
- Algorithm analysis and design
- Reverse engineering Qualifications Salary Range: $68,586 - $85,464 (Entry/Developmental)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. 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. 

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree must be in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics (including Applied Math); or a related field (i.e., other Engineering or Math) with at least one programming and at least four upper-level math classes (Calculus and above).

Relevant experience must be in a computer science area (i.e. theoretical or applied), designing/developing/using/evaluating mathematic models, methods, and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development) to study issues and solve problems, engineering (electrical or computer), and/or high performance computing.

Salary Range: $79,334 - $105,663 (Full Performance)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. 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. 

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree must be in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics (including Applied Math); or a related field (i.e., other Engineering or Math) with at least one programming and at least four upper-level math classes (Calculus and above).

Relevant experience must be in a computer science area (i.e. theoretical or applied), designing/developing/using/evaluating mathematic models, methods, and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development) to study issues and solve problems, engineering (electrical or computer), and/or high performance computing. 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.