National Security Agency

Position ID: NSA-MDP [#19334]
Position Title: Applied Research Mathematician
Position Type: Government or industry
Position Location: Fort Meade, Maryland 20755, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: 2022/02/28 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/12/26, finished 2022/02/17, listed until 2022/02/28)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed. ***

*US Citizenship is REQUIRED*

Apply to the Mathematics Development Program (MDP) at the National Security Agency (NSA)!

Responsibilities NSA Overview

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

At NSA, mathematics is a core discipline and is present in every aspect of the mission.

Mathematicians bring a wealth of expertise including, but not limited to, number theory, finite field theory, coding theory, Fourier analysis, graph theory, probability, and statistics. They work on some of the hardest problems associated with signals intelligence (the interception, collection, and analysis of foreign signals) and information security (assuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information).

Mathematicians have the opportunity to learn and experiment in areas far from their academic training. These opportunities and core mission needs help make NSA the largest employer of mathematicians in the country.

Description of Position

NSA is actively seeking mathematicians to join a vibrant community of mathematicians, statisticians, physicists, computer scientists, and other intelligence professionals.

About the Mathematics Development Program Newly-hired Mathematicians and Statisticians begin their careers in one of three Math Development Programs: the Cryptologic Mathematician Program (CMP), the Applied Mathematics Program (AMP), or the Cyber Assurance Mathematics Program (CAMP). These three-year programs share a common goal: to produce Mathematicians and Statisticians who are broadly knowledgeable in the spectrum of mathematical sciences used at NSA.

The Agency is unique in its ability to offer the opportunity to work in diverse areas of Applied Mathematics. In addition to cryptologic mathematics, mathematicians work in:

- Signals analysis - Data compression - Machine learning - Data science - Human language technology - Speech/image/video processing - Analysis of communication networks - Network vulnerability analysis - Cybersecurity

Additionally, computing is an essential component of mathematics at NSA and mathematicians must use a variety of computing platforms to test ideas and implement solutions. While there is no specific requirement for any previous programming or computing experience, a mathematician must be willing to learn to use computers effectively.

Program Requirements During these three-year programs, each participant will study cryptologic mathematics and related subjects in NSA-taught classes and complete rotational assignments to build skills in specific mission-related competency areas.

While there is no requirement for any previous programming experience, at NSA you must learn to use computing platforms effectively. Upon conclusion of the three-year program, each graduate will place in an office relating to the program’s core competencies based jointly on the needs of the mission and the participant’s preferences.

Qualifications Minimum acceptable to be considered for the position: • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or Computer Science is preferred • 24 credit hours of advanced mathematics and/or statistics

The following skills are desired: • Programming • 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

Salary Offers are based on education level and years of relevant experience.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

How to Apply NSA has a rigorous application process for all applicants. All applicants must submit a resume using our online application system.

To apply to the Mathematics Development Program (MDP): • Navigate to • Click Search NSA Jobs. • Select Mathematician or Mathematical Statistician (Job #: 1171005, 1171011) and click

In addition to an online application at, the following must be completed: - Submission of a resume or CV to - Submission of all college transcripts (including community college, if applicable) sent to

Note: Transcripts can be unofficial or official.

Applications will not be fully considered until all of the documents are received.

If needed, the mailing address for official correspondence for the Mathematician application is:

National Security Agency 9800 Savage Road Suite 6844 Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6844 Attn: Math Hiring

*US Citizenship is REQUIRED*

***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.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

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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National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road
Suite 6844
Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6844
Attn: Math Hiring
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