Nuclear technology effects

– Not accepting applications at this time

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 position will support research activities to improve methods for understanding the modeling of critical infrastructure networks.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in physics. Preferred skills may include concepts from computational physics, HPC programming (openMP, MPI, CUDA, or similar), numerical PDE and or Monte Carlo experience for large-scale physics based simulations.

Proficiency in the following areas are of interest:

  • HPC programming
  • Numerical methods
  • Linear/nonlinear numerical PDE/ODE solutions arising from gas, liquid, plasma, continuum mechanics, statistical mechanics or network simulations

Candidates should be willing and flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty.

Work Description

This position is not primarily a bench research position within a lab but is mostly focused on support of fundamental research and program management. The following are emphasized: (1) depth of analytic thinking to identify critical research needs and opportunities; and, (2) follow-up assessment of investments in fundamental research efforts 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 funding oversight. Program success is achieved by increasing innovative knowledge needed for reducing threats posed by nuclear weapons, and more generally WMD threats, followed by fostering transition of research and development. 

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.

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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