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Graduate Studies Program – Technical Researcher

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $78,294 ($37.51 per hour)

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

As a Technical Researcher graduate student for the CIA, you will work alongside full-time officers in an R&D environment focusing on identifying new materials, technologies, and techniques that can be integrated into existing business areas.  You will perform exploratory and applied scientific research and provide technical guidance on the use of current and emerging technology.

At a minimum, graduate students are required to work one 90-day tour prior to graduation with the option to complete additional tours depending on availability.

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
  • Full-time student pursuing a graduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biology
    • Ceramic Science
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering (All)
    • Fiber/Textile Science
    • Laser and Optical Technology
    • Machine Learning
    • Material Science
    • Mathematics
    • Nanotechnology
    • Physics
    • Pulp and Paper Technology
    • RF/wireless Technology
    • Statistics
    • Video & Audio Forensics
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Availability to work at least one 90-day tour prior to graduation with the possibility to do additional tours depending on availability
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this student tour
  • Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to function effectively in a fast paced, mission focused environment, with multiple competing priorities
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
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 in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees in the past five 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: Nov 14, 2018 02:11 PM
Last Updated: May 21, 2019 10:22 AM

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