Nuclear technology effects 3

– Accepting applications 1 September 2018 – 15 October 2018

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 nuclear physics involving many venues, including low-energy to multi-GeV electrons and photons; intermediate-energy light ions; low-energy to relativistic heavy ions, including radioactive beams; cold and ultra-cold neutrons; weakly decaying nuclei; as well as non-accelerator-based experiments.

Proficiency in the following areas are of interest:

  • Understanding of collective and microscopic models
  • Plasmas
  • Nucleosynthesis
  • Scattering
  • National security
  • Data collection and processing

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

Work Description

This is not primarily a bench research position within a lab, but is mostly focused on support of basic 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 basic 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 basic research to applied research and development.

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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