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Technical Developer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $54,972 – $145,629*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

This position offers an opportunity to participate in the Language Hiring Bonus Program. See "Bonus Programs" in the Benefits section for more information.

Do you have a strong technical background, and enjoy the behind the scenes aspects of running a multi-million dollar project? Do you like to communicate the end solution to complex problems and ensure customer requirements are met? This job is one where an individual can analyze requirements; propose solutions, conduct engineering analyses, manage development activities, and transition systems to full operation. You'll need the technical and people skills to keep technical projects up and running in a dynamic work environment.

CIA Technical Developers drive critical engineering programs in the Directorate of Science & Technology (DS&T) and turn user needs into successful development and production programs. Individuals in this field also define baseline project scope and conduct acquisition planning and source selection. Candidates will define architecture and allocate requirements; develop and execute system engineering management processes; identify inter-segment system problems and risk mitigation and coordinate/manage the resolution process; lead technical exchange meetings, attend change control board meetings, conduct technical and project management briefings; lead configuration management process; conduct efficient, thorough reviews at program control gates, presenting decision authority. Business skills for the management of cost and scheduling, coupled with technical knowledge are a must. Opportunities may exist for domestic and foreign travel, technical and management training, and assignments in other offices in the CIA.

Minimum requirements for Technical Developer positions in the DS&T include initiative, creativity, integrity, technical excellence, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ideal candidates have a self-starter attitude, the ability to work independently and in a group. A minimum of a bachelor's degree (graduate degrees desired) in one of the below listed fields is required:

Applicants must also possess strong written and oral English communications skills. A GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Computer
  • Mechanical or other engineering disciplines
  • Material Science
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Physics

Experience in one or more of the following areas is essential:

  • Additive manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping
  • Advanced data recovery from damaged storage media
  • Advanced digital data recovery
  • Analog design and circuits
  • Digital design and circuits
  • Digital Signal Processing design and programming
  • Fabrication skills in a Prototype Environment Project/program management
  • Fiber optics and cable communications
  • Internet/Web technology
  • Network security & engineering
  • Programming (C, C++, Internet, Windows 3.X/95/NT applications development, interrupt processing/service routines, device drivers, RS-232 communication applications)
  • Project/program management
  • Signal processing and analysis
  • Software Reverse Engineering
  • Systems Architecting
  • Systems Engineering
  • Video design and circuits
  • Audio design and circuits
  • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)

When applying to a Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) position, attach to the online application the following:

  • A one page cover letter describing why you are interested in a DS&T career and what characteristics and experiences distinguish you from other applicants
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts for any school attended in the past 3 years

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.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2013 05:51 PM
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2017 03:12 PM

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