Computer Systems Researcher (Research Scientist)

Employer
National Security Agency
Location
Fort Meade, MD
Posted
Nov 23, 2021
Closes
Dec 04, 2021
Ref
238116107
Industry
Engineering
Hours
Full Time
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect the nation. Our mission requires a strong offense and steadfast defense. The offense collects and processes foreign signals, and disseminates vital information for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents and eradicates cyber threats to US national security systems and critical infrastructure.The tremendous complexity of NSA's mission requires world-class researchers, scientists, programmers and engineers who work in artificial intelligence, high performance computing, hardware and software reverse engineering, information technology infrastructure, data science, software engineering, architectures, computer security and networking, among others. NSA researchers invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology, ultimately providing technical capabilities necessary to execute the Agency's critical mission.Description of PositionNSA Researcher Scientists are actively expanding the boundaries of what can be accomplished with artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-machine teaming, software reverse engineering, and high performance computing. Our experts generalize mission problems, advance the scientific state-of-the-art to solve the problem, and work with other NSA organizations to get solutions in front of mission users and decision-makers.NSA research activities have saved lives, and they continue to make the US and its allies safer and more secure. In addition to working closely with mission partners, our researchers also collaborate regularly with the scientific community, academia, industry, and other government laboratories; publish papers on unclassified aspects of our work in scientific journals and at conferences; transfer NSA technology to the marketplace through open source software releases and public-private partnerships; serve as faculty members at local universities; and participate in university and K-12 STEM outreach activities across the country. Unlike other research facilities, NSA laboratories are funded internally, which allows our researchers to spend their time conducting research rather than writing proposals.Specifically NSA is interested in applicants conducting research in artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, human-machine teaming, novel architectures, cybersecurity, software reverse engineering, computer vision, and computational linguistics. Successful candidates should have demonstrated success in conducting Computer Science research and a proven track record of turning research ideas into running prototype-grade systems.As a Research Scientist, other responsibilities may include:- Conducting scientific experiments, documenting results, and communicating with colleagues, customers, and decision makers- Training, testing, and deploying machine learning models- Applying software engineering principles to design and/or develop software applications- Designing and optimizing algorithms, data structures, modeling, and analytics to solve real-world scientific problems- Using principles, techniques, procedures, and tools to architect and facilitate the development of hardware solutions- Developing methods and applications for tools to exploit and analyze computer systems and network vulnerabilitiesJob SummaryNSA is in search of Research Scientists and Senior Research Scientists to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions to storing, manipulating, and presenting information. We are looking for you to apply your computer science and other technical expertise to projects that seek to create new standards for the transformation of information. If you want to develop technologies and tools and be part cutting edge innovations ' join our team of experts! Help protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science professionals.QualificationsSalary Range: $73,076 - $91,057 (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 computer systems research; simulation/model development and prototyping; software design; programming; computational science; algorithm analysis and design; reverse engineering; and/or designing/developing computer or information systems, including engineering hardware and/or software.Salary Range: $84,529 - $113,362 (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 computer systems research; simulation/model development and prototyping; software design; programming; computational science; algorithm analysis and design; reverse engineering; and/or designing/developing computer or information systems, including engineering hardware and/or software.Salary Range: $103,690 - $159,286 (Senior)*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 6 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 8 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 computer systems research; simulation/model development and prototyping; software design; programming; computational science; algorithm analysis and design; reverse engineering; and/or designing/developing computer or information systems, including engineering hardware and/or software.Salary Range: $144,128 - $172,500 (Expert)*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 9 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 11 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 computer systems research; simulation/model development and prototyping; software design; programming; computational science; algorithm analysis and design; reverse engineering; and/or designing/developing computer or information systems, including engineering hardware and/or software.CompetenciesThe ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is able to:- Work in a team environment- Communicate effectively- Handle multiple assignments- Synthesize information to solve complex problems- Apply knowledge data structures and algorithms to software engineering problems- Develop, diagnose, and/or operate complex computer systemsSpecialized skills and experience in one or more of the following is required:- Programming (low level, high level, parallel)- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning- Simulation/model development and prototyping- Software engineering- Hardware engineering- Architectures and Distributed Computing- Algorithm analysis and design- Reverse engineering- Operating systems and/or device driver development (desktop/server/RTOS)Pay, Benefits, & Work ScheduleOn-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 applyTo apply for this position, please click the 'Apply' button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the 'Submit' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from . 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 may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. 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.Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.DCIPS DisclaimerThe 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.arrow_upwardBack to Top

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