Post Doc - Nuclear Survivability with Security Clearance
Overview Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the DC Metro area. We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision makers in the Federal Sector. We do state of the art work and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is seeking a motivated, career-oriented post-doctoral candidate who specializes in nuclear survivability of systems against nuclear weapons environments and effects from to join our team at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, or in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The candidate will be providing unparalleled support as a Science & Technology (S&T) Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the DTRA Nuclear Technologies Department, Nuclear Survivability Division, developing state-of-the-art capabilities to ensure DoD mission-critical systems and facilities are hardened and survivable against the effects of nuclear weapons. Responsibilities The successful candidate will provide support on: * Analysis of nuclear weapon effects on strategic reentry, missile defense, and satellite mission-critical systems as well as conventional weapon systems and associated facilities * Development, revision and maintenance of nuclear survivability environment and protection military standards and handbooks against nuclear effects * Development of EM effects tools and provide expert technical advice on electromagnetic effects (EMP) and nuclear disturbed environments to include nuclear disturbed communication environments (NDCE) such as scintillation * Providing knowledge on certification methodologies for nuclear survivability (both UGT and AGT) and SME recommendations on developing new testing methodologies for systems * Peer Review Panel for the Joint National Security Applications Council, providing technical input on shot selection for national security applications specifically in the area of x-rays and neutrons. * Multiple working groups designed to tackle testing shortfalls in nuclear survivability * Nuclear Survivability toolkit support, identifying needed improvements and recommending experiments to support nuclear survivability toolkits * Review of test plans in support of nuclear survivability, specific to x-ray and R&D environments. Responsibilities also include: * Researching new requirements, conducting market research, and translating best technology areas and concepts to provide recommendations to mitigate or eliminate identified vulnerabilities. * Interact frequently across DoD, and with other Federal Agencies, and National Laboratories working to ensure survivable systems and a credible nuclear deterrent force. * Provide advice and facilitates government acquisition actions, including statement of work development, proposal evaluation, budget planning and execution, and monitoring contractor performance. Travel is required (25% or less). Qualifications Required Qualifications: * Ph.D. in a STEM field plus relevant research experience. * Experience with or academic knowledge in nuclear physics or nuclear engineering concepts. * Ability to translate requirements and observations into clearly defined written products (briefings, reports, White Papers) in short timeframes. * Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills. Able to brief senior leaders and Flag and General Officers. * Skilled in using personal computer and standard office automation systems (eg, Microsoft Office, M/S Project). * US Citizen and able to get a DoD Secret clearance. Desired Qualifications: * Have or be able to obtain TS/SCI. * Experience or knowledge of space environmental effects, radiation and effects, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), nuclear disturbed environments, and satellite survivability techniques are highly desired. * Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. * Experience working on a large staff such as Joint Staff, OSD, or a Combatant Commander Staff.