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Technical Developer

Technology Development Engineers collaborate with Intelligence Community and partners to develop cutting-edge, custom-engineered solutions advancing CIA collection initiatives.
  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $64,957 – $172,075*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Foreign language bonus eligible
  • Opportunities for 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 Technology Development Engineer within CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T), you will apply your engineering or scientific expertise as an integral member of a team of innovative, technical-expert problem solvers, who deliver new solutions in support of CIA’s mission to collect foreign intelligence.

DS&T Technology Development Engineers collaborate across the Intelligence Community and with partners for in-house development-to-deployment programs delivering integrated solutions for the advancement of foreign intelligence collection.

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 fields or related studies:
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
  • 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:
    • Broad technical understanding of the electrical and/or computer engineering fields
    • Ability to learn new skills in pace with technological advances
    • 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
    • Ability to describe and display hands-on design and fabrication experience
  • Advanced degree, professional certification, or comparable experience in one or more of the following disciplines is strongly desired:
    • Electrical engineering
    • Computer engineering
  • Knowledge or experience in the following functional disciplines:
    • Systems engineering
    • Prototype electronics design, fabrication, repair and testing
    • Soldering (reflow, hand-soldering, rework)
    • Radio Frequency design, modeling, and measurement
    • Microelectronics
    • Circuit schematic design, layout, testing, troubleshooting, review, capture, and analysis
  • Familiarity with the following engineering tools and software:
    • Logic and spectrum analyzers
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Altium Printed Circuit Board design, layout, or simulation
    • GITHub
    • Embedded firmware
    • Microcontroller (Programming, MSP430, PIC, or ARM)
    • Python
    • Matlab
    • Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA)