Nuclear Forensics Technology Assistant Program Manager
A qualified candidate will provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Nuclear Technologies Department, Nuclear Forensics Office as a subject matter expert in the propagation of prompt signals of nuclear detonations in urban environments, applied to the post-detonation nuclear forensics mission. Provide subject matter expertise to government and military clients. The candidate will: Advise clients on the simulation and analysis of prompt signals from nuclear detonations and on experimental techniques to validate the performance of sensor hardware and software. Translate complex technical topics into documents and briefings for senior leadership and interagency partners. Respond to short-deadline tasks from senior leadership at DTRA, OSD, and Congress. Support program management for the development of post-detonation nuclear forensics technology. Analyze current capabilities and future requirements in order to determine capability gaps and make recommendations to close these gaps. Assist in monitoring contractor performance. Support government acquisition activities, including statement of work development, proposal evaluation, and budget planning and execution. Develop implementation strategies for concepts and procedures to satisfy customer requirements to enhance the nuclear forensics program. Develop and present technical briefings and reports to members of DTRA, DoD, and the Federal Government. Support planning for new initiatives and assist with requirements development and strategic planning. Participate in interagency meetings; lead meetings as required.
- Must have at least a permanent SECRET clearance.
- Must have or be able to obtain TS/SCI.
- Graduate degree in physics, nuclear engineering, or other relevant engineering field, plus 5+ years of experience in at least two of the following:
- Electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) transport and sensor response.
- Nuclear weapons design and theory of operation.
- Gamma-ray transport through complex environments.
- Seismic effects of nuclear detonations.
- Acoustic effects of nuclear detonations.
- Experimental validation of EMP, gamma-ray, or optical sensors applied to nuclear monitoring applications.
- Integration of sensor hardware/software packages including processing and communications.
- Some project management experience is required.
- The ideal candidate will clearly demonstrate the ability to work either independently or as part of a team; will demonstrate a proven ability to develop relationships with other Government agencies, including the Intelligence Community (IC); and will have experience authoring technical/non-technical documents and briefings.
- Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Must be able to simultaneously manage several interrelated projects.
- Must be willing to travel at least 10%-25%.
- Experience briefing government and military clients at the O-7/SES level on technical topics is desired.
- Experience with the DoD planning, programming, budgeting, execution system (PPBES) is desired.
- Experience working with DoD, other Federal Agencies, and National Laboratories is highly desired.
- Experience working as a Department of Defense (DoD) project manager is desired.
- Must be proficient in common (Microsoft) office productivity software.
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*NEW* NSSC-MSI Summer Research Fellowship Program
Meeting the security needs of our nation and preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction requires a concerted effort including involvement of our best scientists. The purpose of this program is to encourage participation of talented students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) in National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) mission-relevant science by joint partnerships with the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC). The program will serve as a pipeline for talented individuals leading to research careers at the U.S. National Laboratories.
The goal of the NSSC is to educate and transition new scientists and engineers into nuclear science and security jobs in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) labs and other federal employment. NSSC-MSI summer research fellows will gain first-hand experience in a research environment through faculty-mentored research projects studying nuclear and particle physics, nuclear chemistry/radiochemistry, nuclear instrumentation, radiation detection concepts and techniques, nuclear engineering, simulation, algorithms, and modeling to advance the state-of-the-art for nuclear nonproliferation applications.
The summer research fellowship program is open to any currently registered undergraduate students of at least Junior standing and currently registered graduate students from a qualifying Minority Serving Institute (MSI). Applicants must be US citizens to apply. The program involves partnership with at least one NSSC member from a participating NSSC university or national laboratory. MSI applicants must establish collaboration with one of the participating NSSC universities prior to submission of their application and a letter of commitment from the sponsoring NSSC member must be submitted at the time of the application deadline. A list of participating faculty and national laboratory members can be found on the NSSC website http://nssc.berkeley.edu.
Details of Award
Awards will be made to the NSSC partnering institutions hosting summer fellows from MSI institutions. We anticipate giving approximately 5 undergraduate and 5 graduate awards of up to $8,000 per fellow depending on the student’s academic standing. Students will be expected to commit eight to ten weeks of time in the host institution’s research group. The award will cover travel, housing and living expenses during the time spent at the host institution. The summer fellowship program is a full time commitment; holding another job during the fellowship is not allowed.
To apply for the NSSC-MSI Summer Research Fellowship, a student must provide all of the information requested on application forms. The complete application package consists of:
- Student Application Form - download here
- CV or Resume
- Official Transcripts
- Two Letters of Reference - download here
- Faculty Member Nomination Form - download here
- A Letter of Commitment from the Sponsoring NSSC Member
Summer fellowship awards will be based on the applicant’s academic merit and the degree to which participation in the program will further their educational goals.
Application Due Date and Submission Details
Please note: applications must be complete to be considered for funding.
Please note that we cannot provide independent travel funding. Priority will be given to NSSC students.
The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations, and affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research in the United States and abroad. CFR is seeking applicants for four 2015–2016 fellowship programs listed below:
October 31 Application Deadline:
International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.
December 15 Application Deadline:
January 16 Application Deadline:
International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation