Nuclear Technology Detection

– Accepting applications 15 May 2019


Strong quantitative abilities and communication skills are sought. The candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in computer science, mathematical sciences, nuclear sciences, applied physics, physics, engineering sciences or a related field. Skills desired include broad knowledge of laboratory nuclear detector science, computational methods, and modeling. Experience with machine learning or other artificial intelligence methods is desirable. Knowledge of basic principles in nuclear physics is required. Experimental or theoretical specialties are welcome, but candidates need to be willing and flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is seeking a U.S. citizen to provide support of research and development activities for improving detection of nuclear and other radioactive materials in the field, with a focus on finding nuclear weapon threats. At this time DTRA is specifically looking to fill a position focused on enhancement of detection concepts which include methods that are alternatives to direct detection of gammas and neutrons. These methods might include, but are not limited to, hardware and algorithms for more general surveillance and reconnaissance applied research methods. The goal is to facilitate technologies to detect, locate, characterize, and identify sources of radiation and related patterns of activity in complex environments.

Work Description:

This position is located within DTRA, on-site at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. This is not a bench research position within a lab, but is focused on support of DoD 6.2 (applied research) and program management. The following are emphasized: (1) depth of analytic thinking to identify critical research needs and opportunities; and, (2) follow-up management of investments in applied research awards to foster success of the portfolio. The successful candidate will help implement new ideas into development of research topics, review proposals and scientific progress, and support award oversight. Program success is achieved by increasing innovative knowledge that enables technology development for detecting nuclear weapon threats.

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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