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Technical Researcher

Technical Researchers perform exploratory and applied scientific research and provide technical guidance on use of emerging technology and initiating research and development programs.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $61,947 - $164,102*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Foreign language bonus eligible

About the Job

As a Technical Researcher for CIA, you will direct and oversee scientific research and technical development activities across multiple programs and through one or more projects addressing CIA and Intelligence Community (IC) objectives. This includes developing and implementing innovative original theories/methods applicable to supporting and enhancing the intelligence mission.


As part of a small cadre of Technical Researchers, you will perform exploratory and applied scientific research, provide operational and strategic technical guidance on use of current and emerging technology, and provide technical expertise for initiating and implementing research and development programs. This work demands initiative, creativity, advanced research skills, and technical expertise which are applied mostly outside the traditional/conventional laboratory environment.


CIA Technical Researchers are encouraged to maintain and broaden professional ties through academic study, contacts, and attendance at professional meetings. You may also choose to pursue additional studies in fields relevant to your areas of responsibility. This important vocational specialty includes a broad spectrum of experiences.


Opportunities may exist for foreign travel, technical and management training, and assignments in other offices within the CIA.

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:
    • Applied Physics
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Forensic Science
    • Material Science
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Nanotechnology
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Optics and Electrochemistry
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific research settings
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Self-starter attitude with initiative
  • Creativity
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree