Signals Analyst Development Program (SADP) - Entry to Mid Level (Maryland)

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Analysis
Posted on March 29, 2024
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With the rapid evolution of signals technology, the NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of Signals Analysts who are a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to produce signals intelligence. The selected individual will be required to complete the Signals Analysis Development Program as a precursor for assignment to a technical mission office at NSA. The NSA/CSS Signals Analysis Development Program (SADP) is a three-year development program of intensive, structured, formal training courses and diverse work assignments designed to produce professional signals analysts. Signals Analysts analyze signals from various sources including: foreign communications, radar, and other electronic systems. The selected individual will apply their base-knowledge in mathematics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, or physics to exploit advanced signals data to aid Department of Defense initiatives to protect U.S. forces around the globe. The selected individual will work in a dynamic environment with duties that may include the following: - Identify and analyze waveforms in different domains (e.g., weapon or aircraft systems, communications systems) - Identify and analyze bit streams (e.g., multiplexers, error correction, voice and video compression, instrumentation systems) - Identify and analyze protocols (e.g., link layer, network layer, application layer) NOTE: A copy of your unofficial transcript is highly encouraged to be submitted with your application and may expedite processing.
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for learning, problem-solving, analytic application and who is or can be: - accountable - flexible - resilient - communicate effectively - collaborate with others The following degrees are highly sought after: Aerospace Engineer, Computer Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mathematics, and Physics. Veterans with relevant military training in signals analysis and a Bachelor's degree in any area will be considered.
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: $79,735 - $149,026 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance) Salary range varies by 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).
Signals Analysis is a cutting-edge technical discipline that seeks to identify the purpose, content and user(s) of signals. Given today's rapidly evolving global communications, the NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of Signals Analysts who are a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to use the most sophisticated means to recover, understand, and derive intelligence from all manner of foreign signals.
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