The NSA Story
The National Security Agency (NSA) exists to obtain insight into foreign adversaries' plans and intentions and protect our U.S. cybersecurity interests. We provide national security insights and threat warnings to government decision-makers and eradicate cybersecurity threats.
How You Can Contribute
Are you ready to use your technical expertise to analyze large data sets to inform decision-makers against foreign threats? Data scientists at NSA tackle high priority, often lifesaving, foreign intelligence and cybsersecurity challenges by leveraging big data, high-performance computing, machine learning, and a breadth of other methodologies.
We are looking for critical thinkers, problem solvers, and motivated individuals who are enthusiastic about data and use analysis skills to develop solutions to complex problems.
The Data Science Development Program (DSDP) is a three-year opportunity to develop and enhance your data science skills for an NSA career. Participants experience the breadth of data science at NSA through six- to nine-month tours in a variety of diverse organizations, and collaborate with NSA's experts in the field of data science. DSDP participants will have the opportunity to attend technical conferences with experts from industry and academia; explore and share NSA's challenges and successes at weekly technical roundtables; and study data science in NSA-taught classes.
NSA fosters an environment where participants will develop data science skills and contribute to NSA's highest priority mission challenges.
As a Data Scientist within the Development Program responsibilities include:
- Exploratory data analysis and exploratory model-fitting to reveal data features of interest
- Machine-learned predictive modeling
- Construct usable data sets from multiple sources to meet customer needs
- Identifying and analyzing anomalous data (including metadata)
- Developing conceptual design and models to address mission requirements
- Developing qualitative and quantitative methods for characterizing datasets in various states.
- Performing analytic modeling, scripting, and/or programming
- Working collaboratively and iteratively throughout the data-science lifecycle
- Designing and developing analytics and techniques for analysis
- Analyzing data using mathematical and statistical methods
- Evaluating, documenting, and communicating research processes, analyses, and results to customers, peers, and leadership
- Creating interpretable visualizations
The Ideal Candidate
We're looking for someone who:
- Practices strategic-thinking and reasoning to make analytic determinations
- Employs mathematical science, computer science, and quantitative analysis skills to develop solutions to complex problems
- Is enthusiastic about complicated data sets
- Doesn't mind taking time to get the details right
- Enjoys teamwork and collaboration
- Is curious to learn about unfamiliar topics
- Has completed a degree program in the fields of mathematics, statistics, computer science, computational sciences and has a passion for rigorous analysis of data
- Possesses strong communication skills
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 8 hr/day requirements between 0800 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.
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