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DIA Maryland Hiring Event - Science & Technology Career Field

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Officers in this Career Field apply scientific methods and technical tradecraft across the full range of intelligence requirements. They support and conduct technical collection including collection planning, execution, exploitation, research and development, processing, reporting, and the development of tradecraft, tactics, techniques, and procedures. Officers conduct technical exploitation including exploitation of organically and externally collected materials, as well as exploitation of existing data for novel or innovative uses and undiscovered signatures. Officers are expected to have a broad understanding of the totality of the career field and a deep expertise in their specialty. They are expected to collaborate across the intelligence community on tradecraft and within the Science and Technology (S&T) community of National Labs, Industry, and Academia on technical collection and exploitation systems and methods.



This announcement will close at midnight (EST) on Friday, April 13, 2018.  All applicants must apply online for this event in order to receive consideration.  If you need technical assistance with your application, please contact our support center at (202) 231-8000.


This announcement is for external applicants (non DIA employees) only.  DIA employees on a temporary/term appointment, military, and contractor personnel are eligible to apply if qualified for the positions.  Current DIA student interns need not apply. 

This is a DIA Invitation-Only Hiring Event that will take place in June 2018 in Maryland.  DIA officials will be on location to interview applicants who possess the required and relevant Career Field skills and background for employment at DIA.  Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted via email in May 2018 to schedule an interview.  Specific details on the location and date of the event will be provided within the email invite.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.  Applicants must meet the agency’s conditions of employment, to include, but not limited to, satisfactory completion of an initial special background investigation and periodic reinvestigation, completion of any required medical examination and physical requirements, completion of any required personal interviews, favorable completion of any required initial or aperiodic polygraph examinations, completion of any required drug test, satisfactory completion of a two-year Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System trial period, and completion of a civilian mobility agreement.

DIA does not guarantee any applicant the extension of an official offer of employment; however, DIA will be screening all employment applicants against its current and future manpower requirements.  Selected applicants will be considered for the Agency's Hiring Pool.  DIA is an Agency with worldwide positions.  Selected candidates must be willing to relocate in support of mission requirements.


This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601.  Selectee(s) who are current Federal employees will be appointed to the new position at the grade in which they qualify for.  Those at a higher grade than the advertised position, will be asked to accept a voluntary change to the lower grade if selected.

All current and prior Federal employees must also submit a copy of their SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that documents their appointment to or promotion to the highest grade held.  Consideration for future advancement opportunities will be through DIA’s established promotion processes, according to established timeframes, advancement criteria and compensation parameters.


DIA is currently recruiting for entry-level positions in the Science & Technology (S&T) Career Field Career Specialty at multiple locations.

Science & Technology (S&T) Career Field

Officers in this Career Field apply scientific methods, engineering skills, and technical tradecraft across the full range of intelligence operations. Some of the functional areas that scientific research and engineering are applied to include but are not limited to: digital/video/linguistic forensics, special communications development, space/terrestrial/maritime situational awareness, chemical and nuclear detection and Life Sciences.  Life Sciences include human DNA, latent prints, microbiology, and biology. They globally support and conduct technical collection and exploitation operations including collection planning, execution, exploitation, processing, prototyping, reporting and the development of tradecraft, tactics, techniques, and procedures. Officers are expected to have a broad understanding of the totality of the Career Field and a deep expertise in their specialty. They are expected to collaborate across the intelligence community on tradecraft and within the S&T community of National Labs, Industry, and Academia on the design and engineering of technical collection and exploitation systems and methods.

Career Specialties in this field consist of the following:

- Research and Development

- Technical Collection

- Technical Exploitation

- Technical Operations

Research and Development Career Specialty:

Interacts with customers to identify and mature technical collection requirements based on identified intelligence gaps.  Applies innovative processes to investigate, prototype, and evaluate technologies to close intelligence gaps across a full range of targets from Advanced Weapons, to Underwater Maritime Operations and Space Situation Awareness as well as Chemical, Biological and Nuclear threats and Life Sciences. Leverages commercial and government technologies to develop cost-effective and schedule driven solutions that enable collections against key targets. Integrates new technology, equipment, or software into operational or technical architectures and/or fuses existing complementary technology to ensure that a system functions effectively as a whole. Evaluates the functionality, effectiveness and suitability of systems to identify and address shortcomings. Collaborates with Technical Collection, Technical Exploitation and Technical Operations personnel on development of specialized, innovative, or novel systems to support the technical intelligence mission.

Technical Collection Career Specialty:

Plans, prepares for, and conducts technical collection operations against high-priority national and theater intelligence requirements. Gains, maintains, and applies specialized scientific and technical expertise in such fields as acoustic, electro-optical, radar, chemical, nuclear, biological, life sciences, space & counterspace activities to enable technical collection. Develops collection concepts, conducts collection targeting, and engages with partners to develop Concept of Operations (CONOPs) and mission plans for executing technical collection operations. Collaborates with technical exploitation personnel to generate intelligence products. Collaborates with Research and Development (R&D), Technical Exploitation, and Technical Operations personnel on development of specialized, innovative, or novel technical collection systems or methods.

Technical Exploitation Career Specialty:

Plans and conducts deployed and reach back intelligence processing and exploitation operations on a wide variety of collected material ranging from digital media to DNA and fingerprints and disseminates results via technical and intelligence reports. Conducts forensic analysis on collected and historical technical data to support identity analysis, activity attribution and signature development. Supports technical exploitation-related innovation, integration & engineering.

Technical Operations Career Specialty:

Conducts controlled technical operations and applies specialized knowledge and expertise in technical collection systems technologies. Uses systems engineering and project management approaches to evaluate systemic efficiency. Collaborates with laboratories on emerging technologies to identify methods of assessment and evaluation. Evaluates existing technical equipment and methods to identify creative solutions. Employs technical expertise and knowledge in Counterintelligence (CI) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) tradecraft and uses specialized CI and HUMINT devices and systems in the field. Manages specialized technical operational information systems.

Positions include -

Intelligence Series (Occupational Series 0132)

Physicist* (Occupational Series 1310)

Chemistry Series* (Occupational Series 1320)

General Engineering Series* (Occupational Series 0801)

Nuclear Engineering* (Occupational Series 0840)

Electrical Engineering* (Occupational Series 0850)

Mechanical Engineering* (Occupational Series 0830)

Aerospace Engineering Series* (Occupational Series 0861)

Computer Engineering* (Occupational Series 0854)


The positions listed above identified with an asterisk must meet a positive education requirement as identified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  General information can be found on OPM's website at


UNCLASSIFIED applications must be received by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of the announcement.  DO NOT SUBMIT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION WITHIN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION.  All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


DIA will evaluate your online application to ensure it demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, work experience, and any mandatory education, certification, and/or license requirements, to successfully perform the duties of the advertised position.  Failure to provide clear examples of claimed experience will preclude further consideration of your application.  Attached résumés will not be reviewed or considered; therefore, all applicable work experience must be entered into the work experience section of the online application. 

Applicants must have direct applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position.  Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position at the advertised grade.  Such experience is typically in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled.


DIA applies Veterans’ Preference to preference 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 must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your on line application package.


Applicants applying to a foreign area opportunity and who are currently assigned to a foreign area are ineligible for consideration if selection will cause them to exceed the time limitation for foreign area service (5 consecutive years) or, conversely the employee will not satisfactorily complete their period of obligated service within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement.  More than one permanent change of station move within a 12-month period is not considered to be in the interest of the government for the purposes of relocation at Government expense. 


May be required to perform duty at other operating locations.


All DIA employees are subject to world-wide deployment to crisis situations and are subject to geographic relocation in accordance with agency guidelines.


Availability for shift work, extended hours, and travel may be required.


Relocation expenses in connection with a permanent change of station may be authorized in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations and at agency discretion.


DIA employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Employees and applicants are also protected against retaliation. Consistent with federal laws, acts of retaliation against an employee who engages in a protected activity, whistle blowing, or the exercise of any appeal or grievance right provided by law, will not be tolerated.


The United States Government forbids discrimination regarding any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignment, promotions, training, fringe benefits, layoff, and any other term or condition of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, parental status, military status, or other non-merit factors.  DIA provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, as appropriate.  Please contact our Human Resources Operations Center (HROC) at 202-231-4762 or DSN 428-4762 if you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process.  This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies during the next six months.


Some positions in DIA may be eligible for unclassified telework and/or secure telework.  The telework option allows an employee to perform the duties of his or her position from an approved worksite other than the "official" worksite.


All DIA employees must participate in the DoD Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer of Pay (DD/EFT) Program, with net pay deposited directly into the employee’s account of choice at his/her designated financial institution.


Positions within the agency generally satisfy NSEP service requirements for David L. Boren scholars and fellows.  Contact the National Security Board for further details on service requirements    ( .


In compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005, driver's licenses and identification cards issued by the following jurisdictions cannot be used as valid identification if selected for an interview and/or actual position: Alaska, Am. Samoa, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, N. Marianas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and Washington.

Driver's licenses and photographic identification cards from jurisdictions not listed above will be accepted.  Other acceptable forms of identification include: U.S. & Foreign Passports, U.S. Military IDs, Military and DoD Common Access Cards (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards, U.S. Federal Government IDs & Credentials, and U.S. Congressional IDs. 

All employees are required to sign an agreement not to disclose, in any fashion, classified information to unauthorized persons.  An agreement is also required to authorize agency pre-publication review of certain material prior to disclosure during and after employment with DIA.