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Data Engineer

DDI Data Engineers solve critical data challenges by building optimal data pipelines, analyzing and transforming data, and delivering data to systems to advance CIA’s intelligence mission.
  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $72,965 - $153,354
  • Bachelor's

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 DDI Data Engineer at CIA, you will transform and deliver high-priority datasets to enable exploitation and analysis for CIA’s intelligence mission.

Using computer programming and other capabilities, DDI Data Engineers develop processes to transform raw structured or unstructured data into useful, actionable information for critical mission systems. They design and build scalable data pipelines using commercial cloud, open source, and custom software solutions to process large datasets. DDI Data Engineers create automated data validation methods to load data into systems accurately and consistently.  Through partnerships with collectors, data scientists, and software engineers, DDI Data Engineers design how data will be integrated and stored for optimal effectiveness. 

DDI Data Engineers are curious and use their skills to identify problems and build solutions, applying updated expertise in areas such as ETL, workflow and container orchestration, database and search technologies, distributed computing, serverless design, and cloud solutions. DDI encourages and supports continual learning. Opportunities exist for continued professional development, to include advanced technical training. Travel opportunities may be available.

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 or higher in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Computer Science
    • Computer / Electrical Engineering or related field
    • Data Science or related quantitative science field
    • Information Science/Technology
    • Forensics (Digital Forensics, Forensic Science, and Technology)
    • Mathematics/Statistics
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Proficiency with computer programming languages like Python, Java, Scala, or equivalent Object-Oriented Programming Language and knowledge of SQL
  • Knowledge of data ingestion, transformation, modeling, and storage:
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate within a diverse team environment
  • Curiosity, creativity, and initiative
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience related to data engineering, data science, data architecture, database and search technologies
  • Experience analyzing or processing bulk datasets
  • Experience with signal/image processing, geospatial modeling or voice/data communications
  • Prior application of serverless design patterns, such as serverless applications or websites
  • Understanding of scaling and performance of distributed/cloud systems
  • Understanding of data science concepts, AI/ML, automation, and scripting