Jun 07, 2021

Lead Researcher / Research Engineer - Entry - Experienced Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

NSA is home to the largest and most established in-house research organizations within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), employing scientists with world-class skills in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. We collaborate with leading industries, universities, and national laboratories to advance core competencies, leverage work in overlapping disciplines, and solve some of the most challenging national security problems thought to be intractable by adversaries and commercial industry. NSA's Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) offers a unique environment where university, industry, and federal government scientists collaborate on research in quantum and cryogenic devices, advanced communication, sensing, and computer technologies. To learn more about LPS, visit: https://www.lps.umd.edu. LPS has a number of unique positions available where your skills and expertise can make a difference. Each position is described in more detail below, along with desired skills/experience levels. Applicants should include the position title of interest in their cover letter. Quantum Systems for Sensing and/or Transduction Lead efforts to expand on fundamental research in quantum systems with potential application in near- or far-field sensing of electromagnetic fields, high-fidelity transduction of qubit modalities or frequencies, and/or integrated photonics/optomechanics. Demonstrated expertise in novel research explorations for sensing with quantum systems; studies of quantum-controllable optical defects in silicon-related material; methods and techniques for fast quantum measurement and control; nano/optomechanics for quantum transduction between qubit modalities or frequencies; chip-scale photonics in multiple materials; semiconductor epitaxy, lithography, and etching techniques; nonlinear waveguide and nano-photonic design and fabrication; and/or industry/foundry capabilities in photonics and associated materials; and/or classical integrated photonics and opto-mechanics for HPC. Disruptive Qubits for Quantum Information Science Lead new fundamental research efforts in the physics of solid-state qubits and enabling technologies. This research area is focused on the design and discovery of electromagnetic systems to enable wireless systems and next-generation sensor technologies; a key area of interest is advancing electromagnetic frontend components from antenna to receiver. Demonstrated expertise in experimental physics of superconducting-semiconducting quantum systems; new and emerging qubit research, superconducting-semiconductor devices, and fundamental challenges at the intersection of superconducting and semiconducting qubits; nanoscale fabrication background or fast measurement expertise, and semiconductor qubit or superconducting qubit; experimental physics of spin-based qubits; theoretical physics of quantum device modeling and simulation or advanced qubits; and/or quantum device modeling and simulation, particularly computational techniques relevant to semiconductor heterostructure or super-semi interfaces, and/or expertise in the theory of novel qubits in solid-state. Novel Electromagnetics and RF Technologies Lead research efforts to discover, understand, and optimize novel electromagnetic and RF technologies. This research area is focused on the design and discovery of electromagnetic systems to enable wireless systems and next-generation sensor technologies; a key area of interest is advancing electromagnetic frontend components from antenna to receiver. Demonstrated expertise in RF systems design, instrumentation, and characterization; instrumentation such as vector network analyzers (VNAs), spectrum analyzers, power meters, etc.; measurement and characterization techniques such as in-situ tuning or anechoic chamber patterns; development and execution of RF test procedures and analysis; research and development of new antenna structures with a mastery of industry trends and emerging wireless technologies; technical design of RF/microwave and antenna products meeting requested performance specifications, time scales, and cost; employ upfront design principles using computational modeling tools such as HFSS, CST, or ADS to achieve `right first time' design capability where possible; design, fabrication and evaluation of communications, electromagnetics, and sensor devices that use novel materials such additive manufacturing or unique dielectrics; and/or experience in the design of antennas for various applications such as phased array systems and/or embedded devices. Integrated Photonics for Beyond Moore's Computing and HPC Lead research efforts to discover, understand, and optimize novel photonic devices for HPC. This research area is expected to improve interconnect speed, lower power, or offer greater functionality for memory and logic beyond the paradigms established by Moore's law. Demonstrated expertise in novel photonic technologies for non von-Neuman architecture development; design, fabrication and evaluation of integrated photonic devices and circuits for interconnect including those that use novel material systems; logic and memory devices and circuits utilizing novel material systems; integrated photonic modulators, waveguides, and non-linear systems; design and simulation of lithium niobate (LiNbO3) electro-optic and nonlinear optical devices; computer and network architecture; industry/foundry capabilities in interconnect device development and associated materials; photonics and/or electrical simulation software such as Lumerical and HFSS. Active Devices for Beyond Moore's / Cryologic Lead research efforts to discover, understand, and optimize novel devices for HPC. In the 'Beyond Moore's Law' era, the exploration of computing devices operating at very high speed, low-power, or offering greater functionality for memory and logic are critical to the development of future information technologies. Demonstrated expertise in novel transistor development and impact on traditional and unconventional computer architectures; fast measurement and circuit design; design, fabrication, and evaluation of logic and memory devices operating at cryogenic temperatures; and/or logic and memory devices utilizing novel material systems; active electronic device research complimentary to quantum materials or cryogenic logic; and/or industry/foundry capabilities in transistor-level device development and associated materials. Advanced Computing Systems Explore, develop, and transition novel computing ideas and technologies to support future large scale computing systems of importance to NSA missions such as high performance data analytics and cybersecurity. Demonstrated experience in energy efficient classical computing, including cryogenic technologies and reversible computing; application development and system software to support extremely heterogeneous computing architectures; development and application of novel methods in tensor decomposition, graph analytics, or sparse matrix methods on large scale or novel systems; novel fault tolerance ideas, including probabilistic computing and predictive resilience; development and use of modeling-simulation-emulation tools for architectural explorations that provide fast results with high fidelity and for at scale designs; innovative computer designs and architectures that incorporate new technologies for logic, memory, and interconnect; and/or fundamental and applied research into neuromorphic computing, including advanced system development and evaluation.

As an Engineering and Physical Science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing, and constructing specialized equipment, and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The NSA offers multiple areas of focus for facilities engineers, including computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In addition, we are seeking skills that include computer design, microelectronics, radio frequency design, and systems engineering. Apply your science and engineering skills to protect the nation.

Salary 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. With a professional Engineering degree, entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. With a degree in either (1) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university or (2) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology), entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.* *Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. Relevant experience must be performing professional engineering or physical sciences work and/or conducting academic or independent research in a technical field (e.g., mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences and physical sciences). Experience on polymath projects (requiring multiple skills), technical publications, patent applications, and teaching are preferred. 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. With a degree in professional Engineering, 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. With a degree in either (1) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university or (2) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology), entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's or Doctoral degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.* *Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. Relevant experience must be performing professional engineering or physical sciences work and/or conducting academic or independent research in a technical field (e.g., mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences and physical sciences). Experience on polymath projects (requiring multiple skills), technical publications, patent applications, and teaching are preferred. 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 7 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 3 years of relevant experience. Degree must be in either (1) professional Engineering, (2) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or (3) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology). For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.* *Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. Relevant experience must be performing professional engineering or physical sciences work and/or conducting academic or independent research in a technical field (e.g., mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences and physical sciences). Experience on polymath projects (requiring multiple skills), technical publications, patent applications, and teaching are preferred. 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 10 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 6 years of relevant experience. Degree must be in either (1) professional Engineering, (2) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or (3) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology). For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.* *Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. Relevant experience must be performing professional engineering or physical sciences work and/or conducting academic or independent research in a technical field (e.g., mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences and physical sciences). Experience on polymath projects (requiring multiple skills), technical publications, patent applications, and teaching are preferred.

The ideal candidate is someone who has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a desire to guide and influence a broad research community, thrives on solving hard problems, and is able to: - Apply knowledge of mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences, and physical sciences to analyze problems and determine technical solutions - Work effectively across several different functional areas in a fast-paced, collaborative environment - Handle and prioritize multiple assignments - Synthesize information to solve complex problems

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 hrs (flexible).