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.
Given the pace of technologies and myriad of adversaries in the cyber realm and foreign nation state actors, Software Engineers at the NSA develop the technologies and abilities to maintain our advantage in both national defense and information gathering. Software Engineers help collect data, extract value, route and manage at scale, build user interfaces, protect our systems, and identify and develop support infrastructure as a service provider to the Agency and Intelligence Community.
As a Software Engineer, your responsibilities can include:
- creating applications that scale across an entire data center
- identifying and retrieving the most important pieces of information out of 100s of petabytes of data
- leveraging open source software
- integrating off-the-shelf and government developed software
- leading new advances in computer science and riding the bleeding edge of computing technologies:
- microprocessor-based advances
- beyond the horizon supercomputers
- signals processing (including analog control)
- user interfaces
- deep learning
- information security
- the design and implementation of encryption
- advanced algorithms
The ideal candidate is someone with excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills who is able to:
- work in a team environment to build software
- handle multiple assignments
- synthesize information to solve complex problems
- apply knowledge data structures and algorithms to software engineering problems
- develop, diagnose, and operate complex computer systems
- identify customer needs and validate product design
- deliver software that others WANT to use
- deal with conflict within a team
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired:
- programming with a high-level language (e.g., C, C++, Java, python, ruby,)
- building user facing services, middleware, and backend systems
- Full-stack development
- operating systems administration and advanced user functions, site reliability engineering
- computer networking (e.g., communication protocols, distributed systems, , Internet of Things, real-time systems, routing and switching)
- data spaces, data modeling, data analysis, storage design, and administration
- information retrieval, machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics and analytics
- vulnerability analysis
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).
*Candidates hired for a position in Hawaii may be eligible to receive an annual recruitment incentive, not to exceed three years.
How To Apply - External
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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.
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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.