Fort Meade, Maryland
Fort Gordon, Georgia
San Antonio, Texas
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 07/1 to 14/10
Open: 2022-07-07, Close: 2022-08-06
As part of the offensive mission, NSA provides foreign Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), consistent with our authorities, to our nation’s policy makers and military forces in order to defend our nation, save lives, protect U.S. interests, and advance U.S. alliances. Given today’s rapid evolution of signals and advancements in adversarial technologies, the NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of SIGINT analysis professionals, such as Signals Analysts and Target Systems Analysts spanning expertise in communications intelligence (COMINT), electronic intelligence (ELINT), foreign instrumentation signals intelligence (FISINT), and PROFORMA (formatted data communications) intelligence. These professionals play a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to recover, understand, exploit and derive intelligence from foreign signals.
COMINT is technical and intelligence information derived from foreign communications; it includes intelligence derived from the content of the communications and data derived from tracking communication patterns and protocols (traffic analysis) and establishing links between intercommunicating parties or groups. ELINT is technical and geolocation information derived from foreign non-communication electromagnetic emissions, most commonly from radars and electromagnetic interference. ELINT analysis reveals capabilities, limitations, vulnerabilities, tactical use, and strategic applications of these systems. FISINT consists of technical information and intelligence derived from the intercept of foreign electromagnetic emissions associated with the testing and operational deployment of spacecraft, aircraft, and weapons systems; FISINT signals include but are not limited to telemetry, beaconry, and video data links. PROFORMA is machine-generated data communications associated with military C4ISR, civil, industrial, commercial and personal applications; analysis of PROFORMA data conveys information derived from sensors and/or control systems.
Do any of the items below interest you? If so, this position may be the perfect fit for you.
– Enjoy abstract puzzles and other problem-solving challenges
– Tinkering with hardware or have technological curiosity
– Reverse engineering of hardware or equipment, such as disassembling or repair
– Appreciation and interest in weaponry systems, rockets, or other aerial projectiles
– Interest in clandestine intelligence activities
– Open to applying your skills in new and nontraditional ways
– Desire to help NSA/DoD in accomplishing missions
Responsibilities of Signals Analyst Professionals may include:
– Conduct target analysis and research.
– Use knowledge of customer requirements to collect, process, analyze and/or report on signals intelligence information.
– Identify and analyze signal waveforms (e.g., weapon systems or communication systems), bit streams (e.g., multiplexers, error correction, voice and video compression, or instrumentation systems), and/or protocols (e.g., link layer, network layer, or application layer).
– Report signal parametric data and intelligence information in databases, narrative reports, and oral presentations.
– Collaborate with collection managers, developers, analysts, and reporters to optimize resources, develop new solutions to analytic challenges, fuse multiple sources of information, and deliver critical intelligence to a variety of customers.
Responsibilities of Target Systems Analysts may include:
– Derive performance characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of a target system (often a weapon or space system) and its employment in military theaters by analyzing its emanated signals and performing additional data analysis as necessary.
– Produce intelligence on characteristics, behavior, tactics and trends of the system and signals.
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.
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, 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 military training program, for example, 9141 (Navy Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 1N2A (Air Force Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 451/461 (Intermediate Signals Analysis), 452 (Advanced Signals Analysis), or Military Signals Analysis Program (MSAP).
Relevant experience must be in one or more of the following: signals analysis (COMINT, ELINT, FISINT or PROFORMA), or design and engineering of aerospace, communications, electronic or industrial systems.
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.
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.
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. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience.
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is/can:
– communicate effectively
– collaborate with others
Specialized skills and experience in one or more of the following is desired:
– applying specialized tools and computer-based programs to process data for analytic problems
– assessing applicability of available tools to various situations
– combining analytics, tools, and visualization to support analysis
– interpreting output of specialized tools and computer-based programs
– programming / script development
– weapon system design or testing
– telemetry system design or implementation
NOTE: A copy of your unofficial transcript is highly encouraged to be submitted with your application to expedite processing.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Range: $74,682 – $164,102 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior)
Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and varies based on job location. On-the-job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.
Typical schedule: Monday – Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible). Applicants should be aware that some positions support 24/7 operations, based on mission requirements, and shift schedules may vary to include night shifts.
How to apply
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
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