Institute for Defense Analyses

Position ID: IDA-23CCRLSCAMP [#18627]
Position Title: CCRL SCAMP 2023
Position Location: San Diego, California 22311, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2021/11/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/10/14, listed until 2022/01/31)
Position Description:    

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The IDA Center for Communications Research, La Jolla (CCRL), invites applications for SCAMP, its summer research effort. Each year, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists come to CCRL and work full time for 10 weeks on a few projects side-by-side with our research staff and visitors from our sponsor, the National Security Agency. The scientific scope is broad and varied, including proving theorems, high-performance implementations of mathematical algorithms, practical machine learning, and sophisticated statistical data analyses. Our research environment is distinctive in encouraging collaboration, multidisciplinary teams, and combining theory and practice.

SCAMP is held at our facility in beautiful San Diego, California. Participants are paid for their time and reimbursed for their travel and housing expenses. SCAMP is designed to be compatible with academic jobs, and it provides a way for academics to experience working in a non-academic environment in service to the country.

Applicants who are chosen would likely start work around 14 June 2023.


Most SCAMP participants have a PhD in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or a related field. Graduate students and exceptional undergraduates in such fields will also be considered. For junior applicants, past participation in summer internships with the Department of Defense (such as the NSA’s Director's Summer Program or Graduate Mathematics Program), standout performance on the Putnam Competition or ACM ICPC, or similar qualifications are desired.

We do not require applicants to have any particular background, although we typically do not accept SCAMP applicants whose main occupation is cryptography.

US citizenship is required for all applicants. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph (which we sponsor).

Application Materials Required

Please submit the following items online to complete your application: Cover letter explaining your interest in our SCAMP program; Curriculum vitae - including links to work samples; References: Provide three references who can speak knowledgeably about your research contributions or letters of recommendation. Note that you are not required to submit letters of recommendation.

To receive full consideration for SCAMP 2023, applications should be received by November 30, 2021.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
4320 Westerra Ct
San Diego, CA 92121