Radiation Detection Junior Project Manager

2 months ago
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  Provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Nuclear Detection Division, Radiation Detection Portfolio. Perform as a project manager to guide and monitor innovative research in advanced radiation detection technologies and systems in specific and general applications. Present and explain scientific principles supporting proposed research and development (R&D) to internal and external audiences. In addition to serving as a technical Subject Matter Expert (SME), assist Radiation Detection portfolio manager with programmatics (including acquisition actions and authoring statements of work) and administration (e.g., task management), as needed. Summarize and assess research proposals for technical merit, feasibility, achievability, and relevance to Department of Defense (DoD) missions. Analyze current capabilities and technical approaches to meeting operational requirements and filling capability gaps, and develop research strategy and make recommendations to close these gaps. Support development of program plans for new technology areas. Actively engage and advise on the direction of research performed by national laboratories, academia, and industry. Provide technical support to operational test & evaluation activities involving commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and government-off-the-shelf (GOTS) radiation detectors at various levels of technical readiness. Collaborate with other members of the Nuclear Detection Division and provide technical advice/support to other program and project managers, inside and, when appropriate, outside the portfolio. Assist in directing research, as needed, to improve the capability of U.S. DoD assets to locate and characterize nuclear threats. Assist in monitoring contractor performance in the design, prototyping, and test and evaluation of detectors and systems. Help oversee and contribute to numerous research and development projects that the agency sponsors at national laboratories and industry. Manage acquisition actions with DoD performers, other Federal agencies, industry, and academia. Respond to interagency, DoD, and DTRA taskers. Interact frequently with other government agencies involved in related research. Participate in and document interagency and intergovernmental meetings; lead meetings as required.

Required Qualifications

Education & Experience:


  • An advanced degree (MS with 4 years’ experience or PhD with 2 years’ experience) in Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline, with relevant work experience in nuclear physics or radiation detection or in an internship at a national laboratory or relevant industry.
  • Relevant radiological-nuclear background/experience, degrees in Applied Physics, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Materials Science/Engineering will be considered, among other related technical degrees.
  • In lieu of post-degree work experience, the following will be considered: (1) participation/leadership in student chapters of relevant professional organizations – e.g., American Nuclear Society, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Health Physics Society; and/or (2) participation in department councils/committees.
  • The successful candidate will have a proven ability to translate requirements and observations into clearly defined written products (briefings, reports, white papers) in short timeframes.
  • Applicant must be able to complete work with minimum guidance and supervision.
  • Applicant must have excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Applicant must be skilled in using personal computer and standard office automation systems (e.g., Microsoft Office).  


Travel is required (10 to 25%).


Security Clearance:


  • A DoD Secret clearance (or equivalent) is required, as will be the ability to obtain Top Secret clearance and SCI access

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in radiation detection is desired.
  • Experience working with DoD, as well as other Federal agencies, industry, and National Laboratories is desired.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex technical projects and/or programs is desired.
  • Some familiarity with the DoD acquisition process is desired. (DoD acquisition experience may offset educational requirement if technical experience is satisfied.)
  • A background in R&D project management is desired. Skill with Microsoft Project is desired.
  • Familiarity with technology maturation and systems engineering.
  • Experience in leading interagency activities is desired.
  • Other desired and relevant qualifications include: crystal growth and processing, circuit-board design and integration, algorithm design and development, and test and evaluation experience. PMP and/or DAIWA certification are highly desired. Current Top Secret and SCI clearances are highly desired.


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