National Security Agency


Mathematical Statisticians (41368824)
Location: Fort Meade, Maryland - United States
Posted: 11/24/2017

Mathematical Statisticians

Responsibilities The National Security Agency is actively seeking mathematical statisticians to join a vibrant community of statisticians, mathematicians, computer scientists, and other intelligence professionals to work on some of our hardest signals intelligence and information security problems. In order to successfully perform its signals intelligence mission (to intercept, collect, and analyze foreign signals of relevance to military leaders and policy makers) and its information security mission (to protect all classified information that is stored in, or sent through, U. S. government equipment or networks) the NSA needs to solve a diverse set of problems. These include, but are not limited to, problems in cryptography, data mining, predictive and explanatory modeling, temporal analysis and forecasting, signals analysis, speech and text processing, coding theory, data compression, analysis of communication networks, and computer security. NSA is unique in its ability to offer the opportunity to work in such diverse areas of applied statistics. To solve the problems generated by NSA's mission, statisticians draw from a wide body of statistical knowledge, ranging over regression, classification, hypothesis testing, estimation, probability, time series, non-parametric statistics, computational Bayesian analysis, and more. However, many times, the essential ingredient to the solution of a problem is not statistical knowledge per se, but the keen analytic ability that a statistician possesses through training and talent. Computing is an essential component of statistics at NSA. NSA statisticians use a variety of computing platforms to test ideas and implement solutions to the problems described above. While there is no specific requirement for any previous programming or computing experience, a statistician at NSA must be willing to learn to use computers effectively. It is the combination of a statistician's ingenuity and the power of modern computers that has made the statistics community at NSA so successful. At NSA, teamwork is a tool that contributes to problem solving. Statisticians are welcome participants at NSA's many workshops and summer programs. Statisticians routinely share their results and ideas through peer-reviewed papers, seminars, and conferences. NSA's learned societies provide opportunities for both intellectual and social interaction among statisticians and mathematicians. While statisticians take pride in being part of a vibrant and cohesive community within NSA, ties to the wider statistics and mathematics communities outside NSA, particularly those at the National Labs and Academia, are also maintained. Statistics at NSA is a growth area; more and more of the problems faced here are requiring a statistical mindset and the ability to effectively analyze data. Statisticians at NSA will have the opportunity to collaborate with engineers, intelligence and network analysts, and many other intelligence professionals and to learn and experiment in areas far from their original academic training. Moreover, the landscape is always changing. As new communication technologies emerge, so will new challenges for statisticians at NSA. Newly hired NSA mathematical statisticians begin their careers in the Mathematics Development Program (MDP). The MDP is a three-year program, the goal of which is to train mathematicians and mathematical statisticians to be broadly knowledgeable in the spectrum of mathematical and statistical sciences used at NSA. To accomplish this goal, MDP members study cryptologic mathematics, statistics, and related subjects in NSA-taught classes and engage in 6-month tours in NSA offices throughout the enterprise. Upon graduation, MDP members choose a permanent assignment that is well suited to their skills and interests. Qualifications Salary Range: $68,586 - $85,464 (Entry/Developmental) *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 and no experience. - Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science is preferred. Degree must include 2 years (which equates to approximately 24 credit hours) of advanced mathematics. - Experience in the design, development, use, and evaluation of mathematics models, methods, and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development) to study issues and solve problems is desired. Salary Range: $79,334 - $105,663 (Full Performance) *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 3 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. - Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science is preferred. Degree must include 2 years (which equates to approximately 24 credit hours) of advanced mathematics. - Relevant experience must be in the design, development, use, and evaluation of mathematics models, methods, and/or techniques (e.g., algorithm development) to study issues and solve problems. Subject areas of Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science are preferred How To Apply - External To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page. After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov. In addition, send a personally-created resume or CV, together with official or unofficial transcripts of all college coursework (including community college, if applicable) to mathjobs@nsa.gov The mailing address for official correspondence concerning Math and Stats Hiring is National Security Agency 9800 Savage Road Suite 6844 Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6844 Attn: Math & Stats Hiring ***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility. DCIPS Disclaimer The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in signals intelligence and information assurance. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies.


We have two primary missions. Our information assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our signals intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.


As the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are a world-class cyber center, the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as a national leader in foreign language analysis and research.


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