Software Engineer - Entry/Mid-Level

Employer
National Security Agency
Location
Fort Meade, MD
Posted
Sep 11, 2017
Closes
Sep 18, 2017
Industry
Engineering, Other
Hours
Full Time
Responsibilities 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 need to maintain our core Computer Science group is vital to provide the technical capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA's mission. The increased complexity of supporting NSA's mission requires world class researchers, programmers, and developers who operate in teams in areas such as software engineering, information technology infrastructure, high performance computing, data science, architectures, computer security, and networking in order to design and develop advanced tools, techniques, and systems. Given the pace of technologies and myriad of adversaries in the cyber realm and foreign nation state actors, Software Engineers at the NSA develop the technologies and abilities to maintain our advantage in both national defense and information gathering. Software Engineers help collect data, extract value, route and manage at scale, build user interfaces, protect our systems, and identify and develop support infrastructure as a service provider to the Agency and Intelligence Community. As a Software Engineer, your responsibilities can include: -creating applications that scale across an entire data center -identifying and retrieving the most important pieces of information out of 100s of petabytes of data -leveraging open source software -integrating off-the-shelf and government developed software -leading new advances in computer science and riding the bleeding edge of computing technologies: -microprocessor-based advances -beyond the horizon supercomputers -signals processing (including analog control) -user interfaces -deep learning -information security -the design and implementation of encryption -advanced algorithms Skills The ideal candidate is someone with excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills who is able to: -work in a team environment to build software -handle multiple assignments -synthesize information to solve complex problems -apply knowledge data structures and algorithms to software engineering problems -develop, diagnose, and operate complex computer systems -identify customer needs and validate product design -deliver software that others WANT to use -deal with conflict within a team Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired: -programming with a high-level language (eg, C, C++, Java, python, ruby,) -building user facing services, middleware, and backend systems -Full-stack development -operating systems administration and advanced user functions, site reliability engineering -computer networking (eg, communication protocols, distributed systems, , Internet of Things, real-time systems, routing and switching) -data spaces, data modeling, data analysis, storage design, and administration -information retrieval, machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics and analytics -vulnerability analysis Qualifications Salary Range: $68,586 - $85,464 (Entry/Developmental) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. 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. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. Degree must be in Computer Science (CS). Related fields (eg, Engineering, Mathematics) may be considered relevant if the programs contain, at minimum, a concentration of courses in the following foundational CS areas: algorithms; computer architecture (not network architecture); programming methodologies and languages; data structures; logic and computation; and advanced mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Information Technology (IT) or Information Systems (IS) degrees may be considered relevant if the programs contain the amount and type of coursework equivalent to a CS major. Relevant experience must be in the software development process (ie, requirements analysis, software design, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance) and programming. Salary Range: $79,334 -$105,663 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. 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. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. Degree must be in Computer Science (CS). Related fields (eg, Engineering, Mathematics) may be considered relevant if the programs contain, at minimum, a concentration of courses in the following foundational CS areas: algorithms; computer architecture (not network architecture); programming methodologies and languages; data structures; logic and computation; and advanced mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Information Technology (IT) or Information Systems (IS) degrees may be considered relevant if the programs contain the amount and type of coursework equivalent to a CS major. Relevant experience must be in the software development process (ie, requirements analysis, software design, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance) and programming. 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 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible). How To Apply - External To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page. After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov. PLEASE NOTE: US 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 USC 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 USC, you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility. Please note that you will be asked a series of questions and your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application. Your responses will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing. DCIPS Disclaimer 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.