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 of classified national security information.
Signals Analysis is a technical discipline that seeks to identify the purpose, content and user(s) of signals. Given today's rapidly evolving global communication, the NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of Signals Analysts who are a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to use the most sophisticated means to recover, understand, exploit and derive intelligence from all manner of foreign signals.
Depending on education and experience, the following opportunities will apply:
The NSA/CSS Signals Analysis Development Program (SADP) is a 3 year development program designed to produce professional level signals analysts through an intensive, structured program of formal training courses and diverse work assignments. The selected individual will be required to complete the SADP before being hired into a technical mission office at NSA. This position is based at NSA Fort George G Meade, MD.
Signals Analysts analyze signals from various sources, including foreign communications, radar and other electronic systems, and the selected individual will apply detailed math, computer engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering or physics knowledge to exploit state-of-the-art communication systems.
NOTE: A copy of your unofficial transcript is highly encouraged to be submitted with your application to expedite processing.
Signals and Telemetry Analysts are hired into positions directly supporting a technical mission office. The work done by our Analysts is of the utmost importance to National Security and the defense of our Nation. Only the most skilled and dedicated are able to join our team. If you have what it takes please apply and be part of the agency that is on the front line of Modern Warfare.
Telemetry use in the defense industry includes spacecraft monitoring, aircraft development, and weapons system testing. Telemetry is used by manned and unmanned spacecraft for various data transmissions including monitoring the health of astronauts as well as the health and status of the actual spacecraft. Telemetry for weapons testing includes monitoring temperatures, vibrations, accelerations, positions and status of various subsystems. Telemetry is also used for range safety related to flight testing to determine flight termination criteria.
The role of a telemetry analyst is to reverse engineer the data transmitted by various systems to determine the performance characteristics and capabilities of these systems.
Signals Analysts supporting a technical mission office analyze signals from various sources, including foreign communications, radar and other electronic systems in efforts to discover, analyze, and exploit advanced signals data to aid Department of Defense initiatives to protect U.S. forces around the globe.
The selected individual will work in a dynamic environment with duties that can include the following:
- Identify and analyze waveforms in different domains (e.g., weapon systems, communications systems)
- Identify and analyze bitstreams (e.g., multiplexers, error correction, voice and video compression, instrumentation systems)
- Identify and analyze protocols (e.g., link layer, network layer, application layer).
The following courses are relevant to this position: entry level military degree programs (or equivalent), OR who have completed relevant advanced military signals analysis training (for example, 3810 (Intermediate Technical ELINT) or 4810 (Advanced Technical ELINT)).
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is/can:
- communicate effectively
- collaborate with others
Specialized skills and experience in one or more of the following is desired:
- applying specialized tools and computer-based programs to process data for analytic problems
- assessing applicability of available tools to various situations
- combining analytics, tools, and visualization to support analysis
- interpreting output of specialized tools and computer-based programs
- programming / script development
- weapon system design or testing
- telemetry system design or implementation
- satellite or aerospace design and engineering
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 to 1800 (flexible).
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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(U) 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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