Research Engineer – Entry to Expert Level (MD Location) | National Security Agency (NSA)


Posted: 12-Jul-23

Location: Fort George G. Meade Complex, Maryland


Government and National Lab

Required Education:

4 Year Degree

Additional Information:

Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Internal Number: 1211632

Employer: National Security Agency
Job Title: Research Engineer/Engineering and Physical Sciences Researcher – Entry to Expert Level (MD Location)
Job ID: 1211632
Closing: 2023-09-26


Would you like to work for the most esteemed, reputable, and established in-house research organization in the U.S. Intelligence Community? If so, let’s talk!

NSA employs scientists with world-class skills in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. We collaborate with leading companies, universities, and national laboratories to leverage work in overlapping disciplines, advance core capabilities, and seek out and develop revolutionary ideas that will provide our nation with an overwhelming advantage over our adversaries.

At the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS), you will have incredible opportunities with high visibility to work on investigating and designing large-scale high performance computing systems, focusing on computer architectures, processing/memory subsystems, and transforming computing beyond Moore’s Law. You will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team of physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and systems architects that challenge you to make impacts that others have yet to attain.

NSA Research Engineers and Scientists are renowned subject matter experts, consultants, inventors, collaborators, and visionaries. Opportunities to learn and advance in your field are unlimited.


– Stay abreast of the latest advances in computer science, mathematics, physics, and engineering.

– Explore, develop and implement research approaches and advance in your technical field.

– Spend time in mission areas learning what problems and challenges operators and analysts face, and then create and apply solutions to support NSA’s mission.

– Collaborate with national laboratories and academics at world-class universities.

– Leverage NSA’s Technology Transfer Program to license, develop, and commercialize technologies that meet mission goals, advance science, and foster innovation.

– Publish in world-class journals and regularly attend and participate in conferences in your field of study.

– Research and develop state-of-the-art video, image, speech and text processing methods and/or applied machine learning or artificial intelligence across the disciplines of Human Language Technology (HLT), Computer Vision (CV) and Natural Language Processing (NLP).

NSA is seeking experienced research professionals with strong electrical engineering and computer science backgrounds. If you are a subject matter expert in one or more of the following areas apply now and put your intelligence to work for the nation!

– Experimental development of coherent measurement system for multi-qubit devices

– Quantum information science device theory

– Computational research in quantum information science materials and devices

– Novel electromagnetics and RF technologies

– Hardware trust

– Trusted Computing

– Integrated Photonics

– Active devices for Beyond Moore’s / Cryologic

– Advanced computing systems

– Mobile/telecom 5G and 6G technology


The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.

Degree must be in either (1) Engineering, (2) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university, or (3) a relevant professional technical field (for example, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology).

For Engineering degrees, if program is not ABET accredited, it must include specified coursework.*

*Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics.

Relevant experience must be in one or more of the following: performing engineering or physical sciences work, or conducting academic or independent research in a technical field (for example, mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences and physical sciences).


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience.


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.


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 3 years of relevant experience.


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 10 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 6 years of relevant experience.


You are someone who has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a desire to guide and influence a broad research community, thrives on solving problems, and is able to:

– Apply knowledge of mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences, and physical sciences to analyze problems and determine technical solutions

– Work effectively across several different functional areas in a fast-paced, collaborative environment

– Handle and prioritize multiple assignments

– Synthesize information to solve complex problems

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

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. This position is hiring for Maryland.

Salary Range: $81,233 – $183,500 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior, Expert)


Cross-organizational mentoring is highly encouraged and readily available for all employees. Training is available through: continuing education classes provided by our internal school, vendor training, and a variety of tuition assistance programs. You can also take advantage of work assignment or travel opportunities, both stateside and abroad, or direct engagements with other Intelligence Community agencies.

Work/Life Balance:

As Federal employees our employees enjoy job security, relocation assistance, flexible work schedules, generous leave programs, free onsite fitness centers at many locations, available paid personal fitness time within your normal work schedule, flexible health and life insurance, Federal retirement pension, matching employee retirement contributions to the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for up to 5% of salary, and competitive pay.

The typical work schedule is Monday – Friday, with basic 8 hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 hrs (flexible).

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About National Security Agency (NSA)

NSA is home to the largest and most established in-house research organizations within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), employing scientists with world-class skills in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. We collaborate with leading industries, universities, and national laboratories to advance core competencies, leverage work in overlapping disciplines, and solve some of the most challenging national security problems thought to be intractable by adversaries and commercial industry.

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