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The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute is recruiting candidates for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Postdoctoral Scholars Program. This program trains recent PhD graduates in areas of program management relevant to DTRA-funded national security research. As a DTRA Postdoctoral Scholar, you will work directly with DTRA program managers in support of the DTRA mission to counter the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction. In addition to technical training, you will gain experience with program management of federally-funded research.

Scholars will:

Learn first-hand from operators in the field about state-of-the-art technology, Translate complex national security needs into basic research and development requirements, Provide technical programmatic oversight, and Actualize innovative ideas and solutions in CWMD mission space.

Position Description:

The Nuclear Threat Detection Data Science Post-Doctoral Fellow will support fundamental research and development at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Nuclear Technologies Department (NT) within the DTRA Research and Development Directorate (RD). The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work along with the Division Chief and research managers in the Nuclear Detection Division (RD-NTD) and will be assigned a science Mentor within RD-NTD. The work conducted will help advance basic and applied detector system knowledge of potential threats posed by adversarial use of nuclear weapons or radiological devices. Postdoc work will involve using advanced techniques of data science to search, measure, and characterize radiation and supporting signatures of threats and design better sensor-based methods enabling operational capability to prevent, reduce and counter WMD threats.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with DTRA/RD-NTD management and leadership. Investigate scientific or technological areas of interest under guidance of a Mentor. This is not a bench research position as activities are focused on support of program management. Develop data science methods to handle sensor and detection problems. Learn management processes and help the managers of research investments. Assist in the development of research portfolios along operationally useful strategies. Assist in evaluation of proposals, research findings, and research topic development. Be flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond a narrow specialty. Other duties and responsibilities may arise as the candidate’s experience matures.

Experience Desired:

Knowledge in areas of data science Willingness to apply knowledge to other disciplines; e.g., nuclear science Evidence of depth of analytical thinking


Candidates must be a U.S. 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).

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