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Research Employment Opportunities – IDA Center for Computing Sciences

The Center for Computing Sciences (CCS) provides an exciting, welcoming, and diverse environment in which computer scientists, mathematicians, and engineers from across the nation come together to solve intelligence-related problems of critical importance to national security. Nestled between Washington, D.C., and Annapolis, Maryland, CCS works closely with the National Security Agency (NSA) and many partners to develop computing technologies tailored to the demanding requirements of national-security-related computations. CCS and its siblings, the Centers for Communications Research, constitute a non-profit Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) that operates in the public interest, free from organizational conflicts of interest, and can therefore assist the Department of Defense in ways that industry and for-profit contractors cannot.

What we do. When CCS was founded in 1985, its mission focused on the development and use of high-end computing (HEC). That mission has expanded over the years to reflect both advancing technologies and evolving intelligence community requirements. CCS’s work now includes cryptography, network security and related cyber issues, signal processing, advanced techniques for analyzing extremely complex data sets, and alternative computing paradigms.

Summer at CCS. An annual highlight at CCS is a summer-long intense effort focused on one or two research challenges that have been identified as being of critical importance. Outside researchers, graduate students and colleagues from the intelligence community descend on CCS, join the research staff and adjuncts on multidisciplinary teams, and make critical advances on problems previously believed to be intractable.

Working at or with CCS. For most researchers, a summer or visiting position is the best way to get to know CCS. Summer positions are available for PhD candidates as well as more experienced researchers. Exceptional candidates may be considered for adjunct or research staff positions. Because the nature of our problem set constantly changes, a strong record of solving technical problems is at least as important as one’s specific area of technical expertise. CCS offers an academic-style environment, a competitive salary, and an excellent benefits package. All applicants must be U.S. citizens with an ability to meet security clearance requirements – TS/SCI with polygraph.

Application Materials Required:

Please submit the following items online to complete your application:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in employment with IDA Center for Computing Sciences
  • Curriculum vitae, including links to work samples.
  • References: Provide names and contact information of three people who can speak knowledgeably about your research contributions.

IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, genetic characteristic or any other legally protected condition or characteristic.

U.S. Citizenship is required

Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required

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