Engineering and Physical Sciences

As an engineering and physical science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing and constructing specialized equipment, identifying and eliminating hazardous conditions and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The Intelligence Community offers multiple areas of focus for engineers, including computer, electrical, mechanical and structural, as well as a wide range of opportunities in the physical sciences including chemist, biologist and physicist. Apply your science and engineering skills to protecting the nation. Apply today.


  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering (e.g., Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical, Systems) or Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics or Applied Mathematical Sciences
  • Science (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Geology)

Example Positions

  • Engineering
    Creates, develops, and reviews engineering plans. Reviews program policies, procedures, designs, funding, reports, and contracts. Plans, determines, and develops nature and scope of project requirements, including design feasibility.
  • Physical Sciences (Sciences & Technology Programs)
    Carries out a variety of tasks using established guidance associated with identifying intelligence collection concepts.
  • Physical Sciences (Command & Control)
    Evaluates all-source data and produces related scientific and technical intelligence assessments on current and projected foreign command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Bathymetry)
    Receives, analyzes, and deconflicts U.S. and foreign bathymetric data. Populates and maintains data and metadata in the bathymetry database, ensuring the accuracy of metadata pertaining to collection source platforms and depth recording devices.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Geodetic Survey)
    Solves 3-D geodetic and astronomic positional problems; determines geodetic and astronomic azimuths; and measures fluctuations and accelerations in the Earth's magnetic and gravity fields. Serves as NGA's primary ground-based data collector, and uses geodetic and geophysical survey equipment to support data acquisition.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Cartography)
    Acquires, analyzes, compiles, evaluates, and reviews geospatial data; ensures the quality, accuracy, and currency of geospatial information.
  • Environmental Engineer
    Uses knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of facilities and systems engineering for controlling pollution and protecting the quality of resources and the environment. Requires an understanding of and utilization of pertinent aspects of chemistry, biological sciences and public health sciences.
  • Hardware/Software Design Engineer
    Designs, develops, constructs and tests electronic hardware and software processing components that are typically subsystems of communications, collection, processing or analysis systems.
  • Physicist
    Conducts research into phases of phenomena, develops theories and laws on the basis of observations and experiments, and devises methods to apply theories and laws to solve technical problems, analyze proposals for feasibility, and guide technical development.
  • Systems Engineer
    Views all current systems in a hierarchical manner within and across the Intelligence Community; ability to visualize and communicate the interrelationships of current and planned systems and communicate the impact of decisions on those systems.
  • Science and Technology Officer
    Supports the identification and synthesis of future technology trends to guide Intelligence Community science and technology investments. Leads the collection and evaluation of new innovative technology concepts to enhance operations and mitigate mission gaps across the IC.
  • Cartographer
    Designs and produces complex mapping products for intelligence publications.


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