Posted by: National Security Agency on Nov 06, 2019
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 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.
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is/can:
-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
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).
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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.
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