Hot Job: Computer Scientist for the FTC

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The position: Computer Scientist for the Federal Trade Commission

Location: Washington, D.C.

Job duties: The computer scientist will provide technical expertise in computer science that supports investigations performed by the FTC's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. The position involves developing software systems using knowledge of processes such as operating system theory, data structures, computer system architecture and software engineering. The scientist will obtain essential technical information on complex investigations. And additionally, the scientist provides advice and training to other FTC staff members, external law enforcement officials, technical groups and/or professional organizations regarding technical aspects of information practices and emerging technologies.

The company: The Federal Trade Commission is a federal agency whose purpose is to protect consumers by investigating and preventing fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices while providing consumers with the information to identify, stop and avoid these types of practices.

Requirements: This position requires bachelor's degree in computer science or a bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of math, statistics and computer science. Applicants must have experience translating highly technical information regarding technology issues — such as the structure and operation of Internet or mobile services — into terms non-technologists can understand. The job requires the ability to use forensics and monitoring tools and techniques to track information flows.

Extra perks: The FTC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement benefits, sick leave, life insurance and annual leave. There is also a student loan repayment program, a child care center and a transportation subsidy.

Interesting info: The salary range for this position ranges from $89,033 to $136,771.

Other opportunities: The FTC also needs a web content manager, a human resources specialist, a supervisory contract specialist and an information technology specialist. The agency also recruits for economists every year in January, and accepts applications for paralegal specialists from January through March.

Apply online here.

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