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Science, Technology & Weapons Analyst

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $68,433 – $100,974*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

The CIA's Directorate of Intelligence (DI) seeks engineers, scientists, or those with strong technical backgrounds to analyze challenging national security issues including foreign weapons development, weapons proliferation, cyber warfare, and emerging technologies. Science, Technology, and Weapons (STW) analysts are professional intelligence officers who apply their scientific and technical knowledge to solving complex intelligence problems, and provide written or oral assessments to senior policymakers. This work demands initiative, creativity, analytical skills, and technical expertise. Agency STW analysts are encouraged to maintain and broaden professional ties through academic study, contacts, and attendance at professional meetings. They may also choose to pursue additional studies in fields relevant to their areas of responsibility. Opportunities exist for foreign travel, language training, analytic and management training, and assignments in other offices in the Agency and throughout the US Government.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor's or master's degree in: aerospace engineering; mechanical engineering; electrical engineering; computer engineering; computer science; nuclear engineering; physics; mathematics; chemistry and chemical engineering; biological sciences; biotechnology and microbiology; bioengineering/biomedical engineering; physical sciences; or remote sensing/GIS. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required. Competitive candidates typically will have higher GPAs, relevant experience, foreign language proficiency, programming experience, and strong verbal presentation and writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to write in a clear and concise style for an often non-technical audience.

The following items must be attached to your online application:

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more analytic positions. Please address why you want to work for the DI and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers that focus on your current area of expertise or interests and are related to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.

All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:

Make a note of the position(s) that interest you, as you can apply for up to four positions in one application. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Application Instructions

An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.


Posted: Apr 21, 2007 05:49 PM
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014 11:46 AM