Nov 24, 2020

Signals Analyst - Signals Analysis Development Program (SADP) - Entry/Mid-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. With the rapid evolution of signals technology, the NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of Signals Analysts who are a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to collect signals intelligence. The selected individual will be required to complete the SADP before being hired into a technical mission office at NSA. The NSA/CSS Signals Analysis Development Program (SADP) is a 3 year development program designed to produce professional level signals analysts through an intensive, structured program of formal training courses and diverse work assignments. Signals Analysts analyze signals from various sources, including foreign communications, radar and other electronic systems, and the selected individual will apply detailed math, computer engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering or physics knowledge to exploit state-of-the-art communication systems. The selected individual will work in a dynamic environment with duties that can include the following: - Identify and analyze waveforms in different domains (e.g., weapon systems, communications systems) - Identify and analyze bitstreams (e.g., multiplexers, error correction, voice and video compression, instrumentation systems) - Identify and analyze protocols (e.g., link layer, network layer, application layer) NOTE: A copy of your unofficial transcript is highly encouraged to be submitted with your application to expedite processing.

Signals Analysis is a cutting-edge technical discipline that seeks to identify the purpose, content and user(s) of signals. Given today's rapidly evolving global communications, the NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of Signals Analysts who are a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to use the most sophisticated means to recover, understand, and derive intelligence from all manner of foreign signals.

Salary Range: $72,351 - $90,157 (Entry/Developmental) Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience will be considered for applicants who have completed relevant military degree programs (or equivalent), OR who have completed relevant military training [for example, 9141 (Navy Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 1N2A (Air Force Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 451 (Intermediate Signals Analysis) or 452 (Advanced Signals Analysis)], OR who have participated in or graduated from a relevant training program such as the Military COMINT Signals Analysis Program (MCSAP). Degree must be in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, a Physical Science, or a related technical field. A broader range of degrees will be considered for those who have completed a relevant training program listed above (e.g., 9141, 1N2A, 451, 452 or MCSAP). Relevant experience must be in signals analysis, preferably related to communications signals (e.g., bitstream analysis, waveform analysis, protocol analysis) and/or design and engineering of communications systems. Salary Range: $83,692 - $112,240 (Full Performance) 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. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience will be considered for applicants who have completed relevant military degree programs (or equivalent), OR who have completed relevant military training [for example, 9141 (Navy Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 1N2A (Air Force Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 451 (Intermediate Signals Analysis) or 452 (Advanced Signals Analysis)], OR who have participated in or graduated from a relevant training program such as the Military COMINT Signals Analysis Program (MCSAP). Degree must be in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, a Physical Science, or a related technical field. A broader range of degrees will be considered for those who have completed a relevant training program listed above (e.g., 9141, 1N2A, 451, 452 or MCSAP). (Relevant experience must be in signals analysis, preferably related to communications signals (e.g., bitstream analysis, waveform analysis, protocol analysis) and/or design and engineering of communications systems.

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning, strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is/can be: - accountable - flexible - resilient - communicate effectively - collaborate with others

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).