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 NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce. The CADP is a three-year development program. Participants participate in five (5) tours of duty in cryptanalytic offices, attend six (6) required courses, and choose at least three (3) elective courses.
Program participants complete the CADP and are then placed in a technical mission office to use their cryptanalytic skills.
Applicants are required to take an unproctored test which measures cognitive ability and motivation. Applicants will receive a link in a separate email with further instructions. Please be sure to complete the assessment promptly, as this information is used to make interview decisions. If you do not receive a link within three (3) business days after applying to this position, please contact 1-844-IC-HIRES (1-(see application details)).
Please Note: A copy of unofficial transcripts for all college courses must be submitted with the application in order for the application to be considered.
Description of Position
The NSA/CSS Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) is designed to produce professional cryptanalysts through an intensive, structured program of formal training courses and diverse work assignments.
Cryptanalysts at the NSA monitor and detect problems in data flow or collection to ensure collection quality. They analyze garbled intercepts by using processing skills and techniques, conduct analysis of signals and/or cryptographic data, and use that knowledge to diagnose and exploit encrypted material. They also debug and test software programs.
The selected individual will work in a dynamic environment with duties that can include the following:
- Analyzing data of various types
- Formulating questions and hypotheses about the data
- Testing hypotheses, usually via computer programs
- Drawing conclusions from test results
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills who is
- Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
- Able to collaborate with others
- Likes challenging puzzles
Specialized skills and experience in any of the following is beneficial:
- Programming (low level, high level, parallel)
- Software engineering
- Hardware engineering
- Computational science
- Algorithm analysis and design
- Reverse 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.
Work Schedule: 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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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.
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.