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Battery and Power Research and Engineer

Power sources engineers and scientists provide technical expertise in a wide variety of power technologies for the advancement of CIA mission objectives.
  • Full-Time
  • Starting salary: $61,947 -$164,102*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Degree
  • Foreign Language Bonus Eligible
  • Opportunities for domestic travel are possible

Agency-wide Requirements

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens (dual U.S. citizens also eligible)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to move to the Washington, DC area
  • Able to complete security and medical evaluations
  • Registered for the Selective Service

About the Job

As a Power Sources Engineer/Scientist within the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T), you will apply your expertise to solve complex technical challenges and deliver solutions in support of CIA’s mission to collect foreign intelligence.

DS&T Power Sources Engineers and Scientists span a wide range of technical areas and work collaboratively to provide world-class solutions and to meet CIA mission needs.  Job duties range from managing Research and Development portfolios to designing exquisite power solutions.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following:
    • Chemical engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Electrical engineering
    • Materials science
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Nuclear engineering
    • Physical sciences
    • Physics
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated proficiency in:
    • Ability to rapidly learn new skills in pace with technological advances
    • Power systems, battery and power technology, and energy storage technologies
    • Ability to adapt to fast paced, dynamic requirement environments
    • Interpersonal, organizational, and planning skills
    • Verbal and written communication skills
    • Creative analytic and problem-solving abilities
    • Strong team and independent work ethic
    • Systems engineering experience
  • Advanced degree, professional certification, or comparable experience in one or more of the following disciplines is strongly desired:
    • Chemical engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Electrical engineering
    • Materials science
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Nuclear engineering
    • Physical sciences
    • Physics
  • Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following functional disciplines:
    • Systems engineering
    • Prototype design and fabrication