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Senior Linguist/Cultural Expert – Chinese

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Job ID: 2015615
Location: ARLINGTON, VA, United States
Date Posted: Dec 21, 2020
Category: Defense/Intel
Subcategory: Intel Analyst
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: Top Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Sr. Chinese Linguist and Cultural Expert (Cantonese Preferred), to work on a diverse team of analysts, linguists, cultural experts, and operations officers.  The successful candidate will be focused on creating and recognizing targeting opportunities and strategies in the cyber-realm. 


Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Exhibiting an expertise in the Chinese language and culture

  • Assisting intelligence and analysis operations in a virtual environment; primarily using mix of Chinese/English in-language reading and writing skills

  • Navigating social media, open source and relevant forums/websites in Chinese language

  • Applying in-depth knowledge of desktop applications and internet-based research skills with the ability to effectively use internet search tools, and advanced research methods

  • Identifying and Reporting potential targets and trends

  • Assisting intelligence and analysis operations

  • Producing incident, threat, and information reports

  • Working in a team of various government, subcontractor, and SAIC personnel.



  • Minimum of nine (9) years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies or related field; or a Masters and seven (7) years or more experience. Additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Minimum DLPT 3/3/2/2 or Equivalent (ILS, ILR, ALTA) in Chinese

  • At least 5-7 years of experience within the US military or US intelligence community

  • Working knowledge of popular, legacy, and new social media, blog sites, and mobile applications.

  • Knowledgeable of idioms, colloquialisms, slang, and have a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, social, and political environment in which the language is used

  • Preparing information reports with excellent writing and briefing skills (in English)

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products

  • Willingness to work outside normal business hours (but this position is not shift work)

  • Former Military linguistic experience (35P, 09L, 1N3, 2671, 2712, 2799, or equivalent)

  • Expert level knowledge of multiple Chinese dialects, to include Cantonese, Mandarin, etc.



  • Active Top Secret Clearance with ability of obtain SCI and pass a polygraph (PR within 6 years)


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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