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Trainee Radio Frequency Acquisition - Collector/Analyst Ref. 1441

£18,495 (on a pro rata basis)
GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our organisation as a Radio Frequency Signal Acquisition – Collector/Analyst.


As a trainee Radio Frequency Acquisition Analyst, you will play a vital role in monitoring a variety of communications, providing intelligence in support of UK foreign and defence policies. You should have a keen interest in RF communications and a curiosity into how signals are transmitted and received within the electromagnetic spectrum from 10KHz through to 3GHz. You would undergo a comprehensive training package, attaining the skills to allow you to identify and analyse modern communication technologies down to underlying payload for exploitation and capability development

While the role is challenging, our flexible working policy ensure a healthy work-life balance.  Wherever possible, we accommodate reduced hours or job share options, balanced against business needs.


A minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade A-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent.

You must also demonstrate evidence of:

•    A real enthusiasm and curiosity for learning and keeping up to date with technological advances.
•    Ability to communicate with others.
•    Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your work, we’ll enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.

The role starts with an 18-month development programme, upon successful completion you will be placed in a team at one of our sites.


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe. We work closely with MI5 and MI6, our partners in the intelligence community, to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


Salary of £18,495 (on a pro rata basis)




To apply for this position, you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements.  You’ll find more details here: Recruitment Process.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.

Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:

- Application Questions (x3)
- Personal interview*
- Drug test

*Interviews will be held in Scarborough in July.
If you successfully complete these stages, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional upon you completing our developed vetting (DV) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to perform this vital role.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.