Nuclear Technology Detection-Nuclear and Radiation Threat Detection Post-Doctoral Fellow
The Nuclear and Radiation Threat Detection Post-Doctoral Fellow will support applied research and development at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Nuclear Technologies Department (NT) within the DTRA Research and Development Directorate (RD). The Post-Doctoral Fellow will report to the Division Chief and research managers for the Nuclear Detection Division (RD-NTD), and be assigned a Mentor within RD-NTD. The work conducted will help develop innovations for improving technologies to detect, locate, measure and characterize, and identify potential nuclear threat patterns and activities in complex field environments which may include radiological contamination or other nuclear threats. This position focuses on detection concepts which include not only methods to directly detect gammas and neutrons, but also alternative methods such as combination of additional sensing modes. This will enhance novel surveillance and reconnaissance technologies that detect nuclear threats and support countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with DTRA/RD-NTD 6.2 (applied research) managers and leadership
• Investigate scientific or technological areas of interest under guidance of a Mentor
• This is not a bench research position- activities are focused on support of DoD 6.2 and program management to help detect, deter, and defeat WMD threat networks.
o Assist in the development of research topics and strategies
o Assist in evaluation of proposals, research findings, and portfolio activities
o Assist in the management of grants and contracts
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
• Flexibility at learning and reviewing concepts beyond a narrow specialty
• Physics, nuclear physics, nuclear or related engineering (electrical; mechanical; systems)
• Radiation detection and measurement
• Probability and statistics
• Modeling and simulation
• Scientific computing
• Evidence of depth of analytical thinking
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
Candidates must have a Ph.D or equivalent in applied physics, physics, or nuclear/related engineering science.
(students who will have degree conferred within six months are encouraged to apply).
Eligibility & Requirements
• Candidate must be a US citizen.
• Candidates must be able to obtain a SECRET level security clearance.
• Candidates must pass a drug screen/background check
Location: Fort Belvoir, VA
(applicants must be willing to relocate to greater Washington, DC area).
Term: 1-3 years
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $90,000.00 /year