Do you enjoy designing, creating, and exploring possibilities? Are you a recently graduated or a candidate for a STEM PhD looking for an exciting challenge? Does designing complex and innovative overhead reconnaissance systems interest you? Does a career with an “out of this world” mission sound intriguing?
If so, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is looking for you!
The NRO seeks recently graduated or early career STEM Doctorate degree professionals (GG-11 to GG-12) to serve as Technical Analysts. NRO will select multiple motivated, highly qualified individuals to engage in the NRO mission by applying creative solutions to complex technical and operational problems. Selectees will have the following responsibilities:
This position requires Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Doctorate degree which falls in the 0801, 1301, or 1501 OPM occupational series. Degree areas are outlined below:
For the 0801 Series:
Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
For the 1301 Series:
Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
For the 1501 Series:
Degree: Mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. The degree must be in a major field of study (at least at the baccalaureate level) that is appropriate for the position.
Application Review and Notification
NRO will evaluate your online application to ensure it demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, and any mandatory education, certification, and/or license requirements to successfully perform the duties of the advertised position.
Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via the email provided in the application.
Note: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for/respond to a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.
Additional Information about Working for NRO Cadre
Basic Eligibility for a position with NRO:
These positions are a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 USC 1601. To learn more about the DCIPS graded structure, please visit: https://dcips.defense.gov/Human-Resources/Compensation/.
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