Aug 11, 2022

Applied Research Mathematician/ Mathematical Statistician - Entry/Mid Level (MD)

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

Newly-hired mathematicians and mathematical statisticians begin their careers in the Mathematics Development Program (MDP). The goal of the three-year MDP is to provide on-the-job training in the broad range of mathematical and statistical sciences at NSA. This is primarily accomplished through 6-month tours in NSA offices of the MDP participant's choosing. Mentorship is provided for each tour and participants work on real mission problems. MDP members also study cryptologic mathematics, statistical data mining, and related subjects in courses taught by Agency experts. Participants are required to develop skills in programming and using computational resources to solve mission problems. Various short-term and long-term travel opportunities exist for interested participants but are not required. MDP members are able to take advantage of other professional development opportunities available at NSA as well. This includes continuing education opportunities and optional Agency courses in everything from professional communication to goal setting to machine learning. Career mentorship and participation in professional networks such as WIMS (Women in the Mathematical Sciences) are strongly supported. A healthy work-life balance is encouraged and resources including maternity/paternity leave, counseling services, and financial coaching are available for all employees. Through the MDP, participants are rooted in the Agency community of mathematicians and mathematical statisticians. They are given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of problem sets and at the end of the program, graduates choose their first assignment from any open positions at the Agency.

Mathematicians and Mathematical Statisticians contribute across our mission by bringing both subject matter expertise and creative, critical thinking. A wide range of technical expertise finds a natural fit at NSA including, but not limited to, fields of algebra, combinatorics, Fourier analysis, operations research, graph analytics, regression, machine learning, exploratory data analysis, stochastic processes, statistical modeling, forecasting, and cryptography. To solve the problems generated by NSA's mission, mathematicians draw from a wide body of mathematical knowledge, including number theory, abstract algebra, graph theory, combinatorics, analysis, probability, statistics and more. Mathematics and statistics are core disciplines present in every aspect of our mission: 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 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. Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science is preferred. Degree must include 2 years (which equates to approximately 24 credit hours) of advanced mathematics. Relevant experience must be in the design, development, use, and evaluation of mathematics models, methods, and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development) to study issues and solve problems. Entry/Developmental (Grade: 7-9) Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. Full Performance (Grade: 11-12) 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.

Candidates must possess: - Strong problem-solving and analytical skills - Desire for continual learning - Ability to work effectively both independently and within diverse teams Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is desired but not required. - Programming expertise in any language - Experience in the design, development, use, and evaluation of mathematical models, methods and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development) The timeline for hiring mathematicians is quite long, commonly one to two years. We recommend applying early as start dates can often flex to accommodate the needs of a successful applicant.

This is a full-time position. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible). Applicants should be aware that some of these jobs support 24/7 operations based on mission requirements and shift schedules may vary to include night shift. On the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Salary Range: $74,682 - $116,788 (Entry - Full Performance)