With the ever-increasing technological complexities in the world of Microelectronics, we need talented Microelectronics Engineers to be part of our team designing, assembling, testing, and qualifying the next generation of electronics hardware in support of our mission. Our goal is to provide microelectronics services of the highest quality to ensure the success of the Agency's mission. Microelectronic Engineers utilize electrical, computer, mechanical, and materials engineering knowledge and skills to design, assemble, test, analyze and qualify the next generation of electronics hardware in support of the NSA mission. The National Security Agency (NSA) currently has opportunities for Microelectronics Design Engineers, Microelectronics Assembly Engineers, and Microelectronics Test and Reliability Engineers. Microelectronics Design Engineers' areas of responsibility can include: - Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design - Register Transfer Level (RTL) design including Verilog and VHDL - Digital/Analog Logic design/simulation, functional verification, Design For Test (DFT), testability analysis - Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design - Microelectronics package engineering - Custom package design - Multi-Chip Module (MCM) design - Assembly specifications - Signal Integrity (SI)/Power Integrity (PI)/Electro-Magnetic Integrity (EMI) Analysis Microelectronics Assembly Engineers' areas of responsibility can include: - Packaging and/or assembling integrated circuit devices - Assembly of custom electronic packaging solutions - Printed Circuit Board (PCB) assembly - Multi-Chip Module (MCM) assembly - Process design and development to support advanced assembly techniques such as Three Dimensional Interconnect (3DI) and Printed Electronics Microelectronics Test and Reliability Engineers' areas of responsibility can include: - High-pin-count Integrated Circuit (IC) design and operation validation - Parametric testing - Accelerated testing / qualification / screening Other responsibilities of a Microelectronics Engineer at NSA may include: - Create and maintain documentation on technical information - Operate specialized scientific and technical equipment - Attend conferences and communicate with people in a particular technical field to keep abreast of new technologies and information - Conduct research including studies, experiments, and investigations - Research emerging technologies for application(s) within the Agency - Serve as a subject matter expert to support research and development efforts
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.
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 must be in Engineering, Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university, or 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. Experience in microelectronics design engineering and/or analog or digital logic design is desired. Experience using electronic design automation (EDA) tools may be required for certain positions. Entry/Developmental Level (Grade: 7-9) Entry is a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and no experience. With a degree in either Physics or Astronomy, or a relevant professional technical field, entry is a Bachelor's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. Full Performance (Grade: 11-12) With a degree in 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 Physics or Astronomy, or a relevant professional technical field, 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. Senior (Grade: 13-14) 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. Expert (Grade: 15) 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.
The ideal candidate is someone with excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills who is: - Motivated - Creative - Able to work effectively across several different functional areas in a collaborative environment - Well-organized and able to handle multiple assignments - Customer service and requirements focused - Detail oriented Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired: - Concepts, theories, and methods related to the composition, structure, and properties of materials, and the identification/processing of optimal materials for various uses - Concepts, theories, and methods for designing, analyzing, testing, and integrating electrical and communications systems. - Solving technical problems - Translate conceptual designs into technical specifications - Use modeling/simulation to evaluate designs - Designing digital circuits (e.g., FPGAs, ASICs) - Microelectronics design engineering including analog or digital logic design is desired. Experience using Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools is required - Packaging and/or assembling integrated circuit devices - Applying engineering principles to perform printed circuit board layout - The scientific principles, methods, and processes used to conduct research studies (e.g., study design, data collection and analysis, and reporting results) - Semiconductor or integrated circuit quality assurance and materials science/fabrication experience is preferred - Testing integrated circuit devices - Evaluate information in technical documents to understand its importance and significance - Work with customers to clarify their needs and to determine how their needs can be met - Semiconductor or integrated circuit quality assurance - Operate specialized scientific and technical equipment Specialized skills and experience in one or more of the following are desired: - concepts, theories, and methods for designing, analyzing, testing, and integrating electrical and communications systems - ASIC, FPGA, PCB design, assembly, testing, and quality assurance
Salary Range: $74,682 - $176,300 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior, Expert) 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).