Engineer/Developer - Software, Hardware, Research (Capabilities Development Specialist) - Entry to Expert Levels (MD, TX, CO)


On Site
USD 85,052.00 - 191,900.00 per year
Full Time


Embedded systems
Computer science
Electrical engineering
Hardware development
Development testing
Reverse engineering
Life insurance
Socket programming
Malware analysis
Assembly language
Systems design
Vulnerability assessment
Computer networking
Software development
Operating systems
Signals intelligence
Computer hardware
Apache Thrift
Certified Ethical Hacker
Digital signal processing

Job Details

Position Summary
Are you a computer science or computer/electrical engineering professional? Do you have strong software or hardware design, development, testing or reverse engineering skills? Do you want to be part of a team that develops ground breaking solutions? If so, click here to learn more and apply.
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Pay: 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.

Salary Range: $85,052 - $191,900 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior, Expert)
Salary range varies by location, work level, and relevant experience to the position.

On the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Benefits: NSA offers excellent benefits to include relocation assistance, flexible work schedules, generous leave programs, paid personal fitness time, training and continuing education classes, health and life insurance, Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and a Federal retirement plan.

Work Schedule: This is a full-time position, Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirement between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (flexible).
We're looking for someone with knowledge, skills, and experience in one or more of the following:

- Programming in languages such as C, C++, and Java, especially in kernel development and device driver development, network/socket programming, and embedded systems development
- Advanced malware analysis/reverse engineering skills for specialized malware/complex files. CISSP, CEH, GREM, GPEN certifications are a plus
- Scripting languages (e.g., Python, Perl, or Ruby)
- Assembly language(s)
- Hardware design (e.g., FPGA, VHDL, Verilog, PCB)
- Hardware Reverse Engineering
- RF system design (e.g., DSP, SDR)
- Embedded systems development
- Software reverse engineering/interactive debugging tools (e.g., Ghidra, OllyDbg, gdb)
- Hardware analysis tools (e.g., JTAG, Oscilloscopes)
- Software vulnerability analysis and exploitation
- Protocol and network analyzers (e.g., Wireshark, tcpdump)
- Computer networking (e.g., communication protocols, routing and switching)
Are you driven by a passion to work at the cutting edge of technology? Do you dream to make the impossible possible? The National Security Agency is seeking highly motivated Computer Science and Computer/Electrical Engineering professionals to drive its mission to develop new capabilities, design new approaches, help solve complex problems, and research new solutions to propel our mission.

As a Capabilities Development Specialist (CDS), your job will be to develop custom high-priority offensive and defensive capabilities targeting the hardest-to-reach adversarial networks in the world. In defense of our Nation, we conduct innovative research and produce hardware and software tools unlike anything in the world. By joining our team, you will apply and grow your expertise to create new ways to get critical information to our national decision makers. Whether it is in software, hardware, or cutting-edge research, if you are up for a challenge, have unbridled curiosity, and a drive to develop tomorrow's technologies and tools today, apply to join our team. Use your unique experiences and expertise to protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science and engineering professionals!

If you have interests, skills, or experience in one or more of the following areas, we'd like to hear from you:

- Software Specialties: Strong software development skills (C, C++, Assembly, ARM); Software RE/interactive debugging tools (e.g., Ghidra, OllyDbg, gdb); Software application vulnerability analysis and exploitation; Operating system internals; Mobile platform development and analysis; algorithmic analysis; prototyping.

- Malware Reverse Engineer: Perform advanced malware analysis/reverse engineering of specialized malware/complex files. CISSP, CEH, GREM, GPEN certifications are a plus.

- Hardware Specialties: - Hardware RE, design, development, or testing (Verilog, VHDL, FPGA, PCB); Testing and debugging tools (JTAG, Oscilloscopes, etc.);

Job roles may include:

- Developing exploitation capabilities and analytics to enable foreign target network collection
- Designing hardware components and systems to further signals intelligence missions
- Analyzing sophisticated malware

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