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Expires15 days

Maths and Cryptography Students

Job description

A summer that adds up.

Here at GCHQ, we have a clear purpose - we want to help protect the UK. We work against cyber-attacks, terrorism and espionage. So everyone who works here, works towards that goal. But we always do it together, supporting each other every step of the way. We’re proud to collaborate, and even prouder to work with purpose.

On this nine-week summer placement, you’ll develop your mathematical skills and get an insight into how we use innovative technologies. Collaborating with other students and colleagues across GCHQ, you’ll solve challenging problems and work on vital projects that are of operational interest to us. You might be involved in programming high performance computers, assessing cryptographic algorithms, analysing complex data sets or developing new statistical tools. No matter the project, you’ll keep communications secure and help to protect the UK.

What we are looking for

While it’s great if you have some programming experience, it’s not a problem if you don’t. With a passion to learn and a real curiosity, we’ll teach you everything you need to know. And as a real team-player, you’ll thrive in our supportive environment and work with real purpose.


To join us on this summer placement, you must have completed at least three years of your mathematics degree and be on track to achieve a first-class honours qualification.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

£20,536 pro rata

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 5 November 2019

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

Expires15 days

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