Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) – Entry to Experienced Level (N1205488), Fort Meade, MD

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12Fort George G. Meade Complex, MD
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 07/1 to 14/10
Open: 2023-03-17, Close: 2023-05-12

The NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce. The NSA/CSS Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) is designed to produce professional cryptanalysts through an intensive, structured program of formal training courses and diverse work assignments. The CADP is a three-year development program where participants complete five (5) tours of duty in cryptanalytic offices, attend six (6) required courses, and choose at least three (3) elective courses. After completion, they are then placed in a technical mission office to use their cryptanalytic skills.

Cryptanalysts at the NSA monitor and detect problems in data flow or collection to ensure collection quality. They analyze garbled intercepts by using processing skills and techniques, conduct analysis of signals and/or cryptographic data, and use that knowledge to diagnose and exploit encrypted material. They also debug and test software programs.

The selected individual will work in a dynamic environment with duties that can include the following:

– Analyzing data of various types
– Formulating questions and hypotheses about the data
– Testing hypotheses, usually via computer programs
– Drawing conclusions from test results

Please Note: A copy of unofficial transcripts for all college courses must be submitted with the application in order for the application to be considered.

Job Summary
NSA is in search of analysts with a computer science background to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions. We are looking for you to apply your computer science expertise to develop cryptanalytic capabilities and techniques to exploit cryptographic systems. Help protect national security interests as part of the world’s most advanced team of computer science and cryptanalytic professionals!

**This position includes an Unproctored Internet Testing (UIT) requirement measuring cognitive ability, motivation, and English proficiency.**
Upon application submission, you should immediately see an automated response in your provided email (Inbox or SPAM folder) with testing instruction and your test link. Your opportunity to test for consideration into this position will expire 7 days following application submission. Please be sure to complete the assessment as soon as you can, as this information will be used as part of the selection decision, with processing hindered until test results are recorded. You may also access your test link through your Dashboard on the Applicant Portal. If you do not receive a test link within a few business days after applying to this position, please contact 1-844-IC-HIRES (1-844-424-4737) for a review of your submission.

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.

Degree in Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science is strongly preferred.


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience. Experience in cryptanalysis, programming (analytic or scientific), and/or engineering (electrical or computer) is desired. Experience involving analysis of data or patterns is beneficial.


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. Relevant experience must be in cryptanalysis, programming (analytic or scientific), and/or engineering (electrical or computer). Experience involving analysis of data or patterns is beneficial.


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience must be in cryptanalysis as well as engineering (electrical or computer) and/or programming (analytic or scientific). Experience involving analysis of data or patterns is beneficial.

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills who is:

– Flexible
– Curious
– Persistent
– Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
– Able to collaborate with others
– Likes challenging puzzles

Specialized skills and experience in any of the following is beneficial:

– Programming (low level, high level, parallel)
– Software engineering
– Hardware engineering
– Computational science
– Algorithm analysis and design
– Reverse engineering

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Salary ranges vary by location and work level. The position is hiring for Maryland.

Salary Range: $77,745 – $172,075 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior)

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, with basic 8 hour/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible).

How to apply
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

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This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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