NSA is in search of analysts with a computer science background to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions. We are looking for you to apply your computer science expertise to develop cryptanalytic capabilities and techniques to exploit cryptographic systems. Help protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science and cryptanalytic professionals!
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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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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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: Applicants should be aware that some of these jobs support 24/7 operations based on mission requirements and shift schedules may vary to include night shift.
Occasional travel may be required.
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 required:
- Programming (low level, high level, parallel)
- Computer systems research
- Software engineering
- Hardware engineering
- Computational science
- Algorithm analysis and design
- Reverse engineering
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 United States has experienced profound changes that impact the way the National Security Agency (NSA) conducts its mission. With ever-accelerating technological advances and the world's dependence on computer networks, the NSA must meet and overcome new and multifaceted challenges every day to accomplish its mission. To meet these needs, Exploitation Cryptanalysts employ cryptanalysis principles, methods, and applications of cryptanalysis such as codebook breaking, cribbing and scoring, substitution systems, and transposition systems.
Exploitation Cryptanalysts employ the hybrid skill-set of advanced computer science, engineering and mathematics to ensure solutions to the most difficult cryptanalytic problems and take full advantage of the NSA's software and hardware capabilities.
As an Exploitation Cryptanalyst you will:
- Monitor and detect problems in a data flow or collection to ensure collection quality
- Analyze garbled intercepts by using processing skills and techniques
- Conduct analysis of signals and/or cryptographic data
- Use knowledge of cryptanalysis to diagnose and exploit encrypted material
- Debugging and testing software programs