Research Computer Scientist – IDA Center for Computing Sciences

  • Professional
  • Bowie, MD
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Expires on: October 5, 2024

Institute for Defense Analyses

The Institute for Defense Analyses Center for Computing Sciences (IDA/CCS), a non-profit Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), is looking for outstanding researchers to address difficult computing problems vital to the nation’s security. IDA/CCS is an independent, applied research center sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) that operates in the public interest, free from organizational conflicts of interest. Emphasis areas for IDA/CCS technical staff include high-performance computing, computer vulnerability research, cryptography, signal processing, and advanced techniques for analyzing extremely complex data sets. Stable funding provides for a vibrant research environment, and an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry free of administrative burdens.

We’re looking for candidates with strong records of solving problems in computer science, physical science, or engineering. IDA/CCS research staff work on complex topics often engaging multidisciplinary teams, so candidates should demonstrate depth in a particular field as well as a broad understanding of computational issues and technology. Because the problems of interest are continually evolving, IDA/CCS recruitment focuses on self-motivation, strength of background, and talent, rather than specific area of expertise. A PhD is helpful but not required.

IDA/CCS offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, and a flexible schedule that encourages work-life balance. All applicants must be U.S. citizens with an ability to meet security clearance requirements – TS/SCI with polygraph.

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We support transparency, equity, and fairness in our compensation program and provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range based on data-driven market analysis for each position. While it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range, a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is $112,924-$263,335.  Individual salary within this range will be commensurate with the incumbent’s experience, unique skills and qualifications, and other relevant factors.