What does a Software Engineer do at NSA? The answer changes daily, but always involves solving difficult problems and keeping pace with, or even establishing, the state of the art in software development and system security. Whether an aspiring or established Software Engineer, NSA has opportunity for you to contribute, learn, and grow in virtually any Computer Science focus area, including: Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing (HPC), Quantum Computing Research, Data Analytics, Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence (ML/AI), Cryptology/Cryptography, and countless others. If it is considered Computer Science, chances are good we have at least one team focused on it. Individual opportunities are too numerous to list, so tell us what you want to do and let's talk! Given the pace of technology and evolving capabilities and goals of adversaries in the cyber realm and foreign nation state actors, Software Engineers at the NSA are tasked to keep up with and develop technologies/abilities to maintain our advantage in national defense and information gathering. In this role, you will develop the systems needed to manage data (collect, extract value, route, etc.) at scale, build user interfaces, protect the nation's systems, and identify and develop support infrastructure as a service provider to the Agency and Intelligence Community. Make an IMPACT! As a Software Engineer at NSA, the creativity of you and your team is essential to engineering effective solutions for internal and Agency-supported customers around the world. Your efforts will drive global impacts that may include: saving lives of U.S. and ally soldiers; providing U.S. policy and decision makers with critical, timely intelligence; ensuring the continued safety of U.S. citizens and residents by thwarting foreign adversaries; and defending vital networks. Whether your focus is Counter-Terrorism, Cybersecurity, Foreign Intelligence, or providing support to other Intelligence Community agencies, you can take pride in knowing your efforts are protecting others, rather than stuffing a balance sheet.
NSA is in search of Computer Science professionals to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions to storing, manipulating, and presenting information. We are looking for you to apply your computer science expertise to projects that seek to create new standards for the transformation of information. If you want to develop technologies and tools and be a part of cutting edge innovations; join our team of experts! Help protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science professionals!
The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Degree must be in Computer Science (CS) or Software Engineering. 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). Relevant experience must be in the software development process (i.e., requirements analysis, software design, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance) and programming. 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. 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. SENIOR 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. An Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. EXPERT Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 9 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
With a broad range of positions available; tools, platforms, and methodologies used will vary from one team to another. Use of industry norms is common, including but not limited to: Docker, Kubernetes, AWS, Azure, GitLab, Atlassian Suite, Open Source (see code.nsa.gov for examples of NSA contribution, like Ghidra, Apache Accumulo, and Apache Nifi), Databases (both relational and non-relational), various languages (Java, C, C++, Python, etc.)
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. Salary ranges vary by location and work level. The largest need is in and around our headquarters location in Fort Meade, MD, with a growing number of positions available in San Antonio, TX. Positions for applicants with some initial experience are also available in: Aurora, CO; Fort Gordon, GA; and Kunia/Wahiawa, HI. Salary Range: $74,682-$176,300 (Entry to Expert) Typical work schedule is Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).