Interdisciplinary Computational Scientist Postdoctoral Scholar

The job location is in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Scholars Program was designed to utilize mission-critical expertise possessed by highly qualified subject matter experts in DTRA’s mission to combat and respond to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and use.


The successful applicant must be a US citizen, capable of obtaining a security clearance, and be willing to re-locate to the Washington DC metropolitan area. The appointment will be for a one-year period with a possibility of renewal. Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Willingness to expand technical focus beyond current PhD expertise.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness to adapt to new communication styles and incorporate new lexicons (e.g., military).
  • Ability to translate complex technical subject into formats understandable by the general public.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to decompose requirements into design & development projects.
  • Experience preparing, reviewing, editing and formatting technical documents.
  • Ability to multitask and align deliverables with tight project deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others with minimal direction/supervision.
  • Willingness to work with external partners on cooperative projects.

This position is mostly focused on support of basic research and program management.

Work Description:

The position will support advanced analytics, modeling, and simulation research activities that enables a wide range of mission areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Detecting and identifying nuclear proliferation activities.
  • Detecting and identifying nuclear testing events.
  • Near time data analysis.
  • Predicting post nuclear detonation effects.
  • Integrating disparate nuclear and radiological sensor streams to provide improved situational awareness.
  • Reviewing and improving current nuclear algorithms/models & simulations using artificial intelligence / machine learning methodologies.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in physics, seismology, mathematics, computer science, or related fields. Interdisciplinary research experience in the computational and physical sciences are preferred. Experience working on U.S. Department of Defense grants or contracts is desirable but not required.

Candidates that demonstrate proficiency in one or more areas including, but not limited to, the following are of interest:

  • Nuclear and radiological sensor design and optimization.
  • Nuclear and radiological sensor data fusion and analysis.
  • Hyperspectral imaging.
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine learning.
  • Modeling and simulation.
  • Multimodal fusion and analysis.
  • Nuclear and radiological sensor design and optimization.
  • Seismic, acoustic, and infrasonic signal propagation, sensor waveform feature identification.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV or resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Eligibility & Requirements

Candidate 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.


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