Telemetry and Signals Analyst - Entry/Experienced Level (Multiple Locations)
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive of classified national security information.
Signals Analysis is a technical discipline that seeks to identify the purpose, content and user(s) of signals. Given today's rapidly evolving global communication, the NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of Signals Analysts who are a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to use the most sophisticated means to recover, understand, exploit and derive intelligence from all manner of foreign signals.
Description of the Job
Telemetry and Signals Analysts are hired into positions directly supporting a technical mission office. The work done by our Analysts is of the utmost importance to National Security and the defense of our Nation. Only the most skilled and dedicated are able to join our team. If you have what it takes please apply and be part of the agency that is on the front line of Modern Warfare.
Telemetry use in the defense industry includes spacecraft monitoring, aircraft development, and weapons system testing. Telemetry is used by manned and unmanned spacecraft for various data transmissions including monitoring the health of astronauts as well as the health and status of the actual spacecraft. Telemetry for weapons testing includes monitoring temperatures, vibrations, accelerations, positions and status of various subsystems. Telemetry is also used for range safety related to flight testing to determine flight termination criteria.
The role of a telemetry analyst is to reverse engineer the data transmitted by various systems to determine the performance characteristics and capabilities of these systems.
Signals Analysts supporting a technical mission office analyze signals from various sources, including foreign communications, radar and other electronic systems.
The selected individual will work in a dynamic environment with duties that can include the following:
- Identify and analyze waveforms in different domains (e.g., weapon systems, communications systems)
- Identify and analyze bitstreams (e.g., multiplexers, error correction, voice and video compression, instrumentation systems)
- Identify and analyze protocols (e.g., link layer, network layer, application layer)
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is/can
- communicate effectively
- collaborate with others
Specialized skills and experience in one or more of the following is desired:
- applying specialized tools and computer-based programs to process data for analytic problems
- assessing applicability of available tools to various situations
- combining analytics, tools, and visualization to support analysis
- interpreting output of specialized tools and computer-based programs
- programming / script development
- weapon system design or testing
- telemetry system design or implementation