May 23, 2024

Research Physicist / Engineering and Physical Sciences Researcher - Mid to Expert Level (Maryland)

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA
Engineering Marketing Science

Job Description

Would you like to work for the most esteemed, reputable, and established in-house research organization in the U.S. Intelligence Community? If so, let's talk! NSA employs scientists with world-class skills in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. We collaborate with leading companies, universities, and national laboratories to leverage work in overlapping disciplines, advance core capabilities, and seek out and develop revolutionary ideas that will provide our nation with an overwhelming advantage over our adversaries. At the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS), you will have incredible opportunities with high visibility to work on investigating and designing large-scale high performance computing systems, focusing on computer architectures, processing/memory subsystems, and transforming computing beyond Moore's Law. You will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team of physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and systems architects that challenge you to make impacts that others have yet to attain. We're looking for talented PHYSICISTS that have a familiarity and/or interest in quantum phenomena. Desired skills/experiences include a fluency in physical models of device behavior and the ability to calculate parameters relevant for understanding device behavior, familiarity with the feasibility limits of technologies that support quantum technologies, such as arbitrary waveform generators, voltage sources, etc., as well as a thorough understanding of factors influencing quantum behavior such as charge noise, magnetic/flux noise, and temperature. As a PHYSICIST/TECHNOLOGY LEAD and valued member of the team that creates and manages LPS's cutting edge quantum computing research programs, you will: - Set broad directions across the entire quantum community; - Guide the development of Quantum Information Science (QIS) across academic, industry, and government teams from across the country and around the world; - Have deep technical exchanges with top researchers to understand and influence emerging technology; - Impact the direction of technology and national policy; - Perform technical analyses to identify key technical issues; - Advocate for resources for the most critical opportunities; - Present findings to internal and/or external stakeholders; - Visit research teams on location and attend program reviews; - Always keep learning - attend conferences, review technical documents, advance education, stay up to date with the latest and most cutting edge research in the field.

Want to be a part of an elite team where your work has a global impact by researching and developing revolutionary ideas that will provide our nation an overwhelming advantage? We have an opportunity for you! As a Physicist/Technology Lead at NSA, the creativity of you and your team is essential to explore and create effective solutions for internal and Agency-supported customers around the world. Your efforts will directly 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.

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Degree must be in either (1) Engineering, (2) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university, or (3) a relevant professional technical field (for example, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology). For Engineering degrees, if program is not ABET 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 one or more of the following: performing engineering or physical sciences work, or conducting academic or independent research in a technical field (for example, mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences and physical sciences). 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. SENIOR 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. EXPERT 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.

Excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills, and possesses a range of knowledge and experience with at least two of: - Physical constraints on quantum systems, including the impact of noise and other error sources; - A strong understanding of low temperature physics and cryogenic systems; - Experience with qubits built on a superconducting or semiconducting platform; - Quantum characterization (e.g., randomized benchmarking, tomographic methods, etc.). - Leadership of a small, highly technical team.

Pay: 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 Range: $102,477 - $191,900 (Full Performance, Senior, Expert) Salary range varies by location, work level, and relevant experience to the position. On the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Benefits: NSA offers excellent benefits to include relocation assistance, flexible work schedules, generous leave programs, paid personal fitness time, training and continuing education classes, health and life insurance, Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and a Federal retirement plan. Work Schedule: This is a full-time position, Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirement between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (flexible).

How to apply

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