Pursue a unique postdoctoral experience that goes beyond the bench

Work directly with DTRA basic research and development program managers to support the CWMD mission at one of the top DoD research institutions in the nation. Divisions include nuclear technologies, CWMD technologies, data integration and analysis, chemical-biological sciences, and test science.

Understand the CWMD mission space

Learn first-hand from operators in the field about technological gaps, translate complex national security needs into basic research and development requirements, provide technical programmatic oversight, and actualize innovative ideas & solutions in CWMD mission space.


The goal of this postdoctoral program is to develop highly technical candidates into successful government program managers.

Unique to this experience:

  • Understand technical and engineering needs through exposure to CWMD DoD operations/agencies
  • Tailored professional development in CWMD mission space and program management skills
  • Optional participation in a graduate certificate in CWMD (tuition covered by the program)
  • Pathway to obtain a Secret level security clearance (pending successful background investigation)

The successful candidate will be a highly effective communicator and proficient at translating complex technical subjects into easily understood content by multiple audiences (e.g. general public).

They will also excel at identifying research trends, able to perform critical analysis of experimental design, be adaptable to new environments, be comfortable with expanding their skill set and work well independently and as part of a team.

program details & requirements

A day in the life of a scholar includes reviewing white papers and proposals, attending conferences, supporting technical reviews and workshops, research requirement development and programmatic support.

Postdoctoral scholars typically do not pursue their own research. Scholars guide and support the technical direction of extensive scientific research and development portfolios.

Candidates must be a US citizen.

Candidates must be able to obtain a Secret level security clearance.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree
(students who will have degree conferred within six months are encouraged to apply).

Location: Fort Belvoir, VA
(applicants must be willing to relocate to greater Washington, DC area)

Term: 1-3 years.