Quantum Computing Scientist

  • Central Intelligence Agency - CIA
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Sep 01, 2023
Full-time Computer Science Information Technology (IT) Mathematics Program Management Quantum Computing Research

Job Description

Quantum Scientists will be part of an elite team driving research and development of the industry’s most advanced quantum computing hardware and software.

  • Full-Time
  • Starting salary: $61,947 -$164,102*
    • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Master’s degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics
  • Foreign Language Bonus Eligible
  • Opportunities for domestic travel are possible

Agency-wide Requirements

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens (dual U.S. citizens also eligible)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to move to the Washington, DC area
  • Able to complete security and medical evaluations
  • Registered for the Selective Service

About the Job

Quantum scientists in CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology collaborate as program managers executing programs. You will use your expertise to shape the future of quantum technology and to better understand and define the efforts.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics or other related technical field.
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Ability to convey technical information to a diverse audience both through written reports and presentations.
  • A background in quantum physics, quantum information, and/or quantum computing.
  • Strong teamwork skills especially with working in interdisciplinary teams with professionals from other fields of physics and engineering and in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Ability to work independently on complex tasks.
  • Proven record of research and accomplishment.
  • Experience in developing and executing to project budgets.
  • Proficiency in computer skills and MS office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Please visit cia.gov/careers to learn more.