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Technical Researcher

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $56,233 - $148,967* *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible)

  • Foreign language bonus eligible

As a Technical Researcher for the 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.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Science and Technology

The Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) addresses national intelligence problems with effective targeting, bold technology and superb tradecraft by applying innovative scientific, engineering and technical solutions. Learn more about the Directorate of Science and Technology.

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Life at CIA

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

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
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Self-starter attitude with initiative
  • Creativity
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
Desired Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree
All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

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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.

Important application instructions for this position:

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • A cover letter (one page) in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for any school attended in the past three years

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are seeking employment with the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. Once you reveal your interest you lose control of that information. We ask all applicants to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Aug 06, 2018 02:22 PM
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2018 02:22 PM

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