May 16, 2022

Systems Engineer - Entry to Experienced Level (NSAW, NSAC, NSAG, NSAH, NSAT)

  • 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 and its interests. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes, and disseminates information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to classified national security information. At a time of 'great power' competition, the nation needs to maintain a strategic edge over our adversaries and we need people like you to create that edge. With ever-accelerating technological advances and growing system complexity, NSA needs professionals with a strong systems engineering background to build, integrate, and optimize complex systems and services. To meet these demands, the NSA hires and develops talented and highly motivated junior and senior systems engineers, electrical engineers, computer scientists, computer engineers, and other related professionals. NSA requires world-class technical professionals to solve challenging systems engineering problems with unprecedented speed and scale. We need STEM professionals to serve as systems engineers to guide, support or participate in systems development programs and implement systems engineering best practices across the NSA enterprise. NSA hires recent college graduates and junior systems engineers to support a technical mission office or one of two Development Programs: the Systems Engineer Development Program (SEDP) or the Information Technology Development Program (ITDP). - The SEDP prepares recent college graduates and junior level technical staff for a career in systems engineering at NSA. During the three-year program, participants will rotate assignments, complete training that covers the full breadth of systems engineering disciplines, and earn Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification and other important credentials. - The ITDP provides entry-level information technology specialists (individuals with degrees in computer science, information systems, information technology, and related degrees and experience) with a three-year, full-time program to learn and contribute across the NSA mission, including systems engineering/security engineering, software engineering, software project management, system architecture, and database design. Seasoned professionals provide systems engineering leadership to the Agency's largest and most challenging technical programs to ensure program success. In collaborative teams, these seasoned professionals: - solve technical problems efficiently - identify and manage program risks - provide a structured and analytical framework for decision management - implement program configuration management - define and manage program requirements - define, manage, and sustain program scope - enforce interoperability standards - identify and manage program dependencies - support program lifecycle management - define and manage architecture - define, manage, and perform testing and evaluation. This position has a Cyberspace Workforce Improvement Program (CWIP) requirement. Candidates accepted to fill this position will be required to obtain a DoD 8570.01-M approved certification within six (6) months of assignment. Interested parties currently pursuing certification are also encouraged to apply. Additional requirements may be placed against the selectee, based on requirements defined within DoD 8140.01 and DoD 8570.01-M 'Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program.

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.

Salary Range: $74,682 - $93,062 (Entry/Developmental) - NSA Headquarters (Ft Meade, MD)/NSA Texas/NSA Colorado/NSA Georgia/NSA Hawaii *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. With a professional Engineering degree, entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. With a degree in either (1) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university or (2) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology), entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. 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 designing engineering systems over their lifecycle (e.g., concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance, and disposal) is desired. Experience in optimization and modeling is preferred. Salary Range: $86,389 - $116,788 (Full Performance) - NSA Headquarters (Ft Meade, MD) Salary Range: $86,389 - $115,060 (Full Performance) - NSA Texas/NSA Colorado/NSA Georgia/NSA Hawaii *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. With a degree in professional 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 (1) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university or (2) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology), 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. 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. Relevant experience must be in designing engineering systems over their lifecycle (e.g., concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance, and disposal). Experience in optimization and modeling is preferred. Salary Range: $106,823 - $164,102 (Senior) - NSA Headquarters (Ft Meade, MD) Salary Range: $96,845 - $146,460 (Senior) - NSA Texas Salary Range: $104,038 - $159,823 (Senior) - NSA Colorado Salary Range: $96,845 - $144,976 (Senior) - NSA Georgia Salary Range: $97,784 - $150,216 (Senior) - NSA Hawaii *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 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. Degree must be in either (1) professional Engineering, (2) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or (3) 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. Relevant experience must be in designing engineering systems over their lifecycle (e.g., concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance, and disposal). Experience in optimization and modeling is preferred. Salary Range: $148,484 - $176,300 (Expert) - NSA Headquarters (Ft Meade, MD) Salary Range: $132,522 - $172,278 (Expert) - NSA Texas Salary Range: $144,612 - $176,300 (Expert) - NSA Colorado Salary Range: $131,178 - $170,532 (Expert) - NSA Georgia Salary Range: $135,920 - $176,300 (Expert) - NSA Hawaii *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 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. Degree must be in either (1) professional Engineering, (2) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or (3) 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. Relevant experience must be in designing engineering systems over their lifecycle (e.g., concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance, and disposal). Experience in optimization and modeling is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in a technical field such as electrical or computer engineering or computer science coupled with a familiarity with systems engineering practices and concepts. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a desire for continual learning and excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills, and is: - motivated and engaged to drive tasks and/or projects to completion - innovative and willing to share out-of-the-box ideas - well-organized and able to handle and prioritize multiple assignments - able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing - able to work effectively across several different functional areas in a collaborative environment Knowledge, skills, and experience in one or more of the following is desired: - Systems Engineering principles, such as technology/system readiness assessment, modeling and simulation, security design engineering, and developmental test and evaluation. - Systems architecture, framework, and standards - Systems Engineering Certifications (DoD DAWIA Certification, INCOSE)

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 to 1800 (flexible)