At GCHQ, we specialise in all things cyber. With the help of cutting-edge tech, we protect the nation from increasingly sophisticated online threats. It means tech really is at the heart of everything we do. It’s what’s behind the success of our innovative projects, ambitious visions and pioneering culture. So with a talent and passion for tech, you’ll thrive in our world.
Welcome to tomorrow.
We have a huge range of exciting tech roles available. In fact, there are so many that it could be quite difficult for you to decide on the best route. By completing an application, you can provide all your skills and experience which in turn will allow us to match you against the role you may be best suited for.
Simply have a read through the job descriptions listed below, and think about which roles could be the right match. If you know exactly what you’re after, apply as normal stating which role you would like to apply for. But if you’re not sure, tell us any preferences you have and let us know your skills and experience. This way, we can align your talents and experience with a particular role. It’ll all help you make the right choice.
Our Access Operations team is made up of talented people, all with a range of expertise. It means that you’ll have the chance to join us in one of our challenging roles, each with a different focus. Depending on your skill set, you might concentrate on analysing IP requirements and Internet technologies in a highly time sensitive environment. Or you might develop and apply techniques, accessing the important data in the communications signals you discover. It’s about creating prototypes that’ll help our analysts work more effectively. And finally, you could ensure that data is sent to the right place, at the right time. It’s a key role, where you’ll troubleshoot problems, carry out remedial action and keep customers informed. And you’ll have a significant positive impact on our intelligence requirements. In this team, you can join us in the following roles:
Developing and using analytic techniques and tools, you’ll work alongside other analysts to support operational missions. You’ll develop ways to analyse data, liaising between technical specialists and intelligence delivery teams. With world-class training, this role will see you become a specialist in a specific area, including network analysis, geospatial analysis or internet communications technologies.
In network operations, you might be involved in penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, intrusion detection or analysing malicious code. Ultimately you’ll be working to keep the UK safe - accessing computers and retrieving online clues, you’ll stop terrorists and dismantle crime rings.
This is a challenging area of GCHQ, as we provide a service that’s critical to the success of our mission. Working across online investigations, social engineering, web-based technology exploitation and digital device analysis, you’ll have a unique insight into the threats we face. You might find that you’ll use the internet to access information, create tools to interact with web based sources, define online products, identify software vulnerabilities or develop investigation techniques. Depending on your interests, you’ll specialise in one of the above. In this team, you can join us in the following roles:
In this role, you’ll have a direct and positive effect on the cybercrimes we face. Everything you do will be to prevent, disrupt and investigate threats. As part of this, you’ll use a range of datasets to respond to malicious capabilities, and you’ll work to understand the vulnerabilities that could be exploited. It’s uncertain and challenging work, so you’ll be trained to operate within as many cyber areas as possible.
In this role, you’ll work across a range of platforms, using different programming languages. It’s about designing, implementing, supporting and maintaining some of the most complex and technologically advanced IT infrastructures in the UK – challenging work, to say the least. To help you do the best work you can, you’ll collaborate with vendors such as CISCO and Juniper. And depending on your skills, you’ll work across slightly different specialisms.
As part of our IT Service Management team, you’ll use your expertise to ensure our IT capability is strong enough to meet business demands. There’s a huge range of roles that’ll see you enabling different areas of GCHQ to work effectively. From managing problems throughout their lifecycle and reporting on IT achievements, to being responsible for software licensing and responding to user requests, you’ll specialise in critical areas.
Working in our central data science hub or in a core operational team, you’ll support our intelligence analysts. It means you’ll help solve some of the hardest problems GCHQ face. It’s all about using big data technologies and data mining skills to analyse problems and build specific tools and techniques. Depending on your skill set, you might pioneer new capabilities, explore unfamiliar data sets, or even solve strategic analytic challenges.
In this research team, we need to understand the ins and outs of tech – how it works, how it’s used, how it can be attacked and how to make it secure. It's what allows us to be confident in the advice and guidance we publish to customers and market leading companies. In this role, you'll experiment with diverse technologies, including mobile devices, cloud services and medical devices – to name just a few.
Working in one of our teams, you’ll support the whole range of our technical capabilities. By developing innovative software, you’ll give us access to the computers owned by terrorist groups, you'll help protect your country. You’ll also be part of operations that’ll let us locate and identify dangerous individuals, and you’ll disrupt networks that cause harm. Depending on your experience, you can join us in competent, senior and principle practitioner roles.
As one of our researchers, you’ll be given the time, space and expertise required to find critical security vunerabilities in important software. Concentrating on critical software used by UK government, industry and citizens, you’ll improve the quality and scope of our research. This means you’ll help develop our tools and techniques, keeping us at the cutting-edge of our field.
Modern weapons are made up of leading-edge technologies and sophisticated communication systems. To protect the country, it’s crucial we track foreign threats, which is where you’ll come in. You’ll apply your technical analytical skills to foreign weapons data, relating the results to system capability. It means you’ll play a critical role in informing UK defence planning, and contributing to the nation's cyber capability.
We ask our talented people to think differently about how to approach problems and, more importantly, how to solve them. Paired with world-class tech, it’s one of the reasons we’re leading the industry.
But it’s not the only thing we think differently about. We understand that our working hours should be just as creative as the projects you’re working so. So, with smarter working patterns, you can carry on living your life in a way that suits you. It’s what helps us stay ahead. And it’s all part of how you’ll thrive.
We work with the most futuristic tech you can think of. But by the time we’re applying it to a project, it’s outdated. So we’re constantly working to keep ahead of what’s around the corner. It means that you’ll work in one of the most innovative environments, with some of the most forward-thinking people, on some of the most revolutionary projects.
The power of our ideas protects a nation. So we have to constantly evolve our thinking and tailor our tech. And you’ll be at the heart of this advancement. Which is why we’ll make sure we advance your creative mind. This way, your development will be just as impressive as the tech you’re learning to develop.