Nuclear technology survivability

We are looking for a U.S. citizen with multidisciplinary science and/or engineering expertise and an interest in protecting Department of Defense equipment, critical systems, infrastructure, and personnel from radiological, nuclear, and electromagnetic pulse threats.  Candidates will be placed at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia supporting applied research in nuclear survivability. Candidates must be able to obtain a security clearance.


Strong quantitative abilities and communication skills are sought. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in science or engineering, such as electrical engineering, materials science, nuclear physics or engineering, physics, chemistry, health physics, or computational biology. A multidisciplinary background is preferred.  Exposure to, or experience in, nuclear physics, plasma physics, high energy density physics, health physics, micro/nanoelectronics, pulsed power, radiation effects, radiation transport, or system engineering is beneficial. Experience with modeling and simulation tools in these fields is particularly beneficial. Experimental or theoretical specialties are welcome, but candidates need to be willing and flexible at learning concepts beyond their specialty.

Work Description:

This position is located primarily on-site at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and is not a lab research position.  Candidates may be directly involved in applied research, modeling, and analysis efforts depending on expertise and mission alignment.


The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the development of research topics and programs, monitoring and evaluating of research efforts, and the transitioning of promising technologies.

This position supports DTRA’s nuclear survivability research efforts.  Nuclear survivability conducts research and development to ensure that critical DoD systems and national infrastructure can accomplish their designated missions when exposed to a nuclear weapons effects environment.

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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