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National Security Agency/Central Security Service Computer Scientist - Development Programs - Entry/ Mid-Level in Fort Meade, Maryland

Summary NSA's development programs help employees enhance their skills and improve their understanding of a specific discipline. The programs are generally three years long and feature rotational tours throughout the Agency. Designed for entry to mid-level employees, development program participants are afforded the opportunity to receive tailored training, often with a cohort, and multiple assignments across Agency Directorates to develop skills and experience to ground their career at the NSA. Responsibilities As an NSA computer science development program participant your responsibilities may include:- creating analytic applications that scale across multiple, very large, data sets from disparate sources- leveraging and integrating open source, commercial off-the-shelf, and government developed software- analyzing user/customer requirements related to software and/or software system design- building software prototypes- designing, developing, and debugging software applications- troubleshooting and debugging computer code- applying mathematical or computational methods and lines of reasoning to complex software systems- identifying target communications within the global network- designing and optimizing algorithms, data structures, modeling, and analytics to solve real-world scientific problems- solving cryptanalytic, high-performance computing, and computer network problems- leading new advances in computer science, such as:- microprocessor-based advances- beyond the horizon supercomputers- signals processing (including analog control)- user interfaces- deep learning- cybersecurity- design and implementation of encryption- advanced algorithms- detecting, identifying, and evaluating vulnerabilities in cyberspace systems and/or networks- developing software and/or hardware exploitation capabilities that enable collection of foreign intelligence from target networks and systems- designing solutions to defend against adversarial threats directed towards the US, to include cutting-edge technologies such as mobile, SCADA, and Internet of Things- analyzing sophisticated malware to thwart cyber attacks and identify new threats- developing methods and applications for tools to exploit and analyze computer systems Requirements Conditions of Employment The ideal candidate is someone who thrives on solving hard problems, has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and is able to: - work independently as well as in a team environment to build solutions- handle multiple assignments- synthesize information to solve complex problems- apply knowledge of data structures and algorithms to software engineering problems- develop, diagnose, and operate complex computer systems- identify customer needs and validate product design Additionally, the ideal candidate is someone with knowledge and experience in one or more of the following: - programming and scripting experience (e.g., C, C++, Java, Assembly, Python, Perl, Ruby, Bash, Node.js, Spark, Puppet, SALT, KAFKA, HADOOP, VHDL, Verilog)- building user facing services, middleware, and backend systems- full-stack development- computer networking (e.g., communication protocols, distributed systems, Internet of Things, real-time systems, routing and switching)- protocol analysis (e.g. Wireshark, tcpdump)- data spaces, data modeling, data analysis, storage design, and administration- simulation/model development & prototyping- information retrieval, machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics and analytics- hardware and software vulnerability analysis- software reverse engineering/interactive debugging tools (e.g., IDA Pro, Ollydbg, gdb)- hardware reverse engineering tools (e.g., JTAG, Oscilloscopes)- software development life-cycle (design, develop, implementation, debug, testing)- kernel and device driver development- network/socket programming- embedded systems development- operating systems- computational science- algorithm analysis and design- reverse engineering- cryptanalysis- high performance computing Qualifications Salary Range: $73,076 - $91,057 (Entry/Developmental) - Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. Salary Range: $84,529 - $113,362 (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. An Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. Education Degree must be in Computer Science (CS). Related fields (e.g., Engineering, Mathematics) may be considered relevant if the programs contain, at minimum, a concentration of courses in the following foundational CS areas: algorithms; computer architecture (not network architecture); programming methodologies and languages; data structures; logic and computation; and advanced mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Information Technology (IT) or Information Systems (IS) degrees may be considered relevant if the programs contain the amount and type of coursework equivalent to a CS major. Relevant experience must be in the software development process (i.e., requirements analysis, software design, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance) and programming. Additional Information