Capabilities Development Specialist - Entry/Mid-Level

Employer
National Security Agency
Location
Fort Meade, MD
Posted
Sep 11, 2017
Closes
Sep 18, 2017
Function
Accountant, IT
Industry
Other
Hours
Full Time
Responsibilities 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 communications for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to classified national security systems. The need to maintain our core technical workforce is vital to provide the capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA's mission. The increased complexity in supporting the mission requires world class researchers, analysts, programmers, and developers. Mission areas include: software/hardware engineering, reverse engineering, high performance computing, computer security, and networking, in order to design and develop advanced tools, techniques, and systems. As a Capabilities Development Specialist (CDS), you will develop high-priority offensive and defensive capabilities to solve the nation's most critical technical challenges. CDSs are hired into positions directly supporting a technical mission office or the Computer Network Operations Development Program (CNODP) ' a 3 year development program that combines advanced training and diverse work assignments. Responsibilities may include: -developing exploitation capabilities that enable collection of foreign intelligence from target networks and systems -designing solutions to defend against adversarial threats directed towards the US, to include cutting-edge technologies such as mobile, SCADA, and Internet of Things -reverse engineering hardware and/or software to develop new exploitation capabilities and to develop mitigations that protect critical national security systems -analyzing sophisticated malware to thwart cyber attacks and identify new threats Skills The ideal candidate has a desire for continual learning with excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills who is: -motivated -innovative -well-organized -able to handle and prioritize multiple assignments -able to communicate effectively both orally and written -able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a collaborative environment Knowledge, skills, and experience in one or more of the following is desired: -programming in languages such as C, C++, and/or Java, especially with experience in: -kernel development and device driver development -network/socket programming -embedded systems development -scripting languages (eg, python, perl, or ruby) -assembly language(s) - hardware languages (eg, VHDL, Verilog) -software reverse engineering/interactive debugging tools (eg, IDA Pro, Ollydbg, gdb) -hardware reverse engineering tools (eg, JTAG, Oscilloscopes) -hardware and software vulnerability analysis -protocol and network analyzers (eg, Wireshark, tcpdump) -computer networking (eg, communication protocols, routing and switching) -troubleshoot and debug software and hardware -computer algorithms and data structures -software development life-cycle (design, develop, implementation, testing) -develop custom hardware, software or capabilities -analyze problems to determine technical solutions Qualifications/Experience 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) or related field (eg, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Security, Computer Forensics, Network Engineering). Degrees in Information Technology, Information Systems, Information Security, Networking (Systems Administration), and Information Assurance 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 upper-level mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Relevant experience must be in engineering hardware and/or software over their lifecycle (ie, requirements analysis, design, development, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance), programming, vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, computer forensics, and/or systems engineering. Completion of military training in a relevant area such as JCAC (Joint Cyber Analysis course) will be considered towards the relevant experience requirement (ie, 24-week JCAC course will count as 6 months of experience). 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) or related field (eg, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Security, Computer Forensics, Network Engineering). Degrees in Information Technology, Information Systems, Information Security, Networking (Systems Administration), and Information Assurance 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 upper-level mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Relevant experience must be in engineering hardware and/or software over their lifecycle (ie, requirements analysis, design, development, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance), programming, vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, computer forensics, and/or systems engineering. Completion of military training in a relevant area such as JCAC (Joint Cyber Analysis course) will be considered towards the relevant experience requirement (ie, 24-week JCAC course will count as 6 months of experience). 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 to 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.