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Technical Researcher

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 1, 2023

As a Researcher within CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T), you will apply your deep technical expertise, innovative mindset, and adaptive imagination to enable CIA to excel in creating decision advantage for policymakers in a rapidly changing world of Emerging and Disruptive Technologies (EDTs).

DS&T Researchers identify opportunities to address intelligence gaps through highly innovative, next generation technology development and application. DS&T Researchers develop technical performance requirements, plan research work, and serve as principle research leads for revolutionary solutions developed by leading technology groups throughout the United States (e.g., U.S. industrial contractors, National and Federal Laboratories, and academic institutions, including University Affiliated Research Centers). Successful researchers work across the spectrum of technical readiness levels (technology maturity) to apply cutting-edge research to today's mission, while also keeping the Agency well positioned for the future. DS&T Researchers will identify and mitigate risks and threats from adversarial use of EDTs, while also developing ways to use EDTs to shape the future of technical collection of foreign intelligence.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be physically in the United States or one of its territories when you submit your resume via MyLINK.
  • You must be registered for the Selective Service, if applicable.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age (dual-national US citizens are eligible).
  • You must be willing to move to the Washington, DC area.
  • You must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and a comprehensive background investigation.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA , including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation
Desired Qualifications
  • Advanced degree or comparable work experience desired
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Additive manufacturing/rapid prototyping
    • AC power
    • Advanced digital data recovery
    • Analog design and circuits
    • Antenna
    • Analysis techniques
    • Artificial intelligence
    • CAD/CADD drafting and design technology
    • Circuit manufacturing
    • Computer networks knowledge
    • Data engineering
    • Data science
    • Digital signal processing design and programming
    • Embedded systems
    • Energy storage technologies
    • Engineering tools (soldering, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers)
    • Failure analysis concepts knowledge
    • Field Programmable Gate Analysis (FPGA)
    • Fiber optics and cable communications
    • High performance computing
    • Independent research and development experience
    • Linux
    • Machine learning
    • Network engineering
    • Network security
    • Programming
    • Project/program management
    • PMP certification
    • Quantum sensors
    • RF communications
    • RF engineering knowledge
    • RF waveform design
    • Satellite communications
    • Signal processing and analysis
    • Software reverse engineering
    • Software development
    • Systems engineering
    • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret technical data and solve complex problems
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise text
  • Interest in applying techniques to solve challenging problems
  • Insight into existing and emerging technology to deliver solutions to intelligence problems


  • A Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields or related studies (or comparable work experience)
    • Aerospace engineering
    • Computer engineering
    • Computer science
    • Electrical engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Nuclear engineering
    • Physical sciences
    • Physics
    • Space systems operations
    • Telecommunications
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale

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