Telemetry Signals Analyst - Entry/Mid-Level - 30000870

  • NSA - National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA
  • 05/31/2018
Top Secret SSBI SCI Intelligence / CounterIntelligence

Job Description

Telemetry Signals Analyst - Entry/Mid-Level

Fort Meade, MD

 

Responsibilities

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.

With the rapid evolution of signals technology, 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 collect signals intelligence.


Description of Position

Telemetry Analysts are hired into positions directly supporting a technical mission office. Analysts supporting a technical mission office analyze signals from various sources, including foreign instrumentation signals (primarily telemetry), radar and other electronic systems.

The word telemetry is derived from Greek roots meaning remote measure. Telemetry is a communication process by which measurements are collected at one point and transmitted to receiving equipment at a different location. The term telemetry commonly refers to wireless data transfer mechanisms (radio waves) but telemetry can also be transferred over other media such as telephone, computer networks, infrared systems, and optical links.

Telemetry is used in many disciplines including weather monitoring, energy monitoring, medicine and healthcare, law enforcement, motor racing, agriculture, and wildlife management among many others including the defense industry.

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.

Typically hundreds of parameters are transmitted for which the identity and scaling of the parameters are not initially known. In order to derive intelligence from the transmitted telemetry, principles of math, physics, and aerodynamics are employed to identify and scale these parameters to determine system performance. This intelligence is then reported to a range of customers keeping them informed of the latest developments in system capability and performance.


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

- accountable
- flexible
- resilient
- communicate effectively
- collaborate with others

Specialized skills and experience in one or more of the following is desired:

- weapon system design or testing
- missile guidance and control design or development
- aerospace, astronautic, physics, or mathematical related fields
- aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicle design, development, or flight experience
- telemetry system design or implementation
- 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


Qualifications
Qualifications: $69,545 - $86,659 (Entry/Developmental)

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

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience will be considered for applicants who have completed relevant military degree programs (or equivalent), OR who have completed relevant military training [for example, 9141 (Navy Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 1N2A (Air Force Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 451 (Intermediate Signals Analysis) or 452 (Advanced Signals Analysis)], OR who have participated in or graduated from a relevant training program such as the Military COMINT Signals Analysis Program (MCSAP).

Degree must be in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, a Physical Science, or a related technical field. A broader range of degrees will be considered for those who have completed a relevant training program listed above (e.g., 9141, 1N2A, 451, 452 or MCSAP).

Relevant experience must be in signals analysis (preferably related to weapons system and/or satellite signals) or design and engineering of aerospace systems.


Qualifications: $80,445 - $107,140 (Full Performance)

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

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. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience will be considered for applicants who have completed relevant military degree programs (or equivalent), OR who have completed relevant military training [for example, 9141 (Navy Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 1N2A (Air Force Intermediate Technical ELINT Analyst), 451 (Intermediate Signals Analysis) or 452 (Advanced Signals Analysis)], OR who have participated in or graduated from a relevant training program such as the Military COMINT Signals Analysis Program (MCSAP).

Degree must be in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, a Physical Science, or a related technical field. A broader range of degrees will be considered for those who have completed a relevant training program listed above (e.g., 9141, 1N2A, 451, 452 or MCSAP).

Relevant experience must be in signals analysis, at least some of it specifically with weapons system and/or satellite signals and/or design and engineering of aerospace systems.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).
How To Apply - External
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***PLEASE NOTE:

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. 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.


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.

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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.