Engineer/Developer - Software, Hardware, Research (Capabilities Development Specialist) - Entry to Expert Levels (MD)

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on November 13, 2023
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Are you a computer science or engineering professional? Are you interested in Cyber Security, reverse engineering? Do you enjoy CTFs? Is your idea of a good time building a robot from spare parts? Did you solve your Calculus homework using FPGAs? Are your Sunday mornings filled with bug bounty hunting? The National Security Agency is seeking highly motivated Computer Science and Engineering professionals to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches, and research new solutions to propel our mission. As a Capabilities Development Specialist (CDS) at NSA, your job will be to develop high-priority offensive and defensive capabilities targeting the hardest-to-reach adversarial networks in the world. In defense of our Nation, we conduct innovative research and produce hardware and software tools unlike anything in the world. By joining our team, you will apply and grow your expertise to create new ways to get critical information to our national decision makers. Whether it is in software, hardware, or cutting-edge research, if you are up for a challenge, have unbridled curiosity, and a drive to develop tomorrow's technologies and tools today, apply now to join our team. Use your unique experiences and expertise to protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science and engineering professionals! If you have interests, skills, or experience in one or more of the following areas, we'd like to hear from you: - Software Specialties: Strong software development skills (C, C++, Assembly, ARM); Software RE/interactive debugging tools (e.g., Ghidra, OllyDbg, gdb); Software/mobile application vulnerability analysis and exploitation - Hardware Specialties: - Hardware RE, design, development, or testing (Verilog, VHDL, FPGA, PCB); Testing and debugging tools (JTAG, Oscilloscopes, etc.); Job roles may include: - developing exploitation capabilities and analytics to enable foreign target network collection - designing hardware components and systems to further signals intelligence missions - analyzing sophisticated malware
We're looking for someone with knowledge, skills, and experience in one or more of the following: - Programming in languages such as C, C++, and Java, especially in kernel development and device driver development, network/socket programming, and embedded systems development - Scripting languages (e.g., Python, Perl, or Ruby) - Assembly language(s) - Hardware design (e.g., FPGA, VHDL, Verilog, PCB) - Hardware Reverse Engineering - RF system design (e.g., DSP, SDR) - Software reverse engineering/interactive debugging tools (e.g., Ghidra, OllyDbg, gdb) - Hardware analysis tools (e.g., JTAG, Oscilloscopes) - Software vulnerability analysis and exploitation - Protocol and network analyzers (e.g., Wireshark, tcpdump) - Computer networking (e.g., communication protocols, routing and switching)
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. This position is hiring for the Maryland location. Salary Range: $81,233 - $183,500 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior, Expert) On-the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, with basic 8 hour/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).
Are you a computer science or engineering professional? Do you have strong cyber security, software development or hardware RE, design, development and testing skills? Do you want to be part of team that develops ground breaking solutions? If so, click here to learn more and apply.
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