Sep 21, 2020

Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) - Entry to Experienced Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

The 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 signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. The NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce. The CADP is a three-year development program. Participants participate in five (5) tours of duty in cryptanalytic offices, attend six (6) required courses, and choose at least three (3) elective courses. Program participants complete the CADP and are then placed in a technical mission office to use their cryptanalytic skills. Applicants are required to take an unproctored test which measures cognitive ability and motivation. Applicants will receive a link in a separate email with further instructions. Please be sure to complete the assessment promptly, as this information is used to make interview decisions. If you do not receive a link within three (3) business days after applying to this position, please contact 1-844-IC-HIRES (1-844-424-4737). Please Note: A copy of unofficial transcripts for all college courses must be submitted with the application in order for the application to be considered. Description of Position The NSA/CSS Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) is designed to produce professional cryptanalysts through an intensive, structured program of formal training courses and diverse work assignments. Cryptanalysts at the NSA monitor and detect problems in data flow or collection to ensure collection quality. They analyze garbled intercepts by using processing skills and techniques, conduct analysis of signals and/or cryptographic data, and use that knowledge to diagnose and exploit encrypted material. They also debug and test software programs. The selected individual will work in a dynamic environment with duties that can include the following: - Analyzing data of various types - Formulating questions and hypotheses about the data - Testing hypotheses, usually via computer programs - Drawing conclusions from test results

NSA is in search of analysts with a computer science background to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions. We are looking for you to apply your computer science expertise to develop cryptanalytic capabilities and techniques to exploit cryptographic systems. Help protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science and cryptanalytic professionals!

Salary Range: $72,351- $90,157 (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. Degree in Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science is strongly preferred. Experience in cryptanalysis, programming (analytic or scientific), and/or engineering (electrical or computer) is desired. Experience involving analysis of data or patterns is beneficial. Salary Range: $83,692 - $112,240 (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. Degree in Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science is strongly preferred. Experience in cryptanalysis, programming (analytic or scientific), and/or engineering (electrical or computer) is desired. Experience involving analysis of data or patterns is beneficial. Salary Range: $102,663 - $157,709 (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. Degree in Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science is strongly preferred. Relevant experience must be in cryptanalysis as well as engineering (electrical or computer) and/or programming (analytic or scientific). Experience involving analysis of data or patterns is beneficial.

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills who is - Flexible - Curious - Persistent - Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing - Able to collaborate with others - Likes challenging puzzles Specialized skills and experience in any of the following is beneficial: - Programming (low level, high level, parallel) - Software engineering - Hardware engineering - Computational science - Algorithm analysis and design - Reverse engineering

On-the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible).