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National Security Associate

Job ID 3029 Date posted 03/04/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

The Nonproliferation and National Security Department (NN) contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement. 

Within NN, the Nonproliferation Policy and Implementation Group (NPI), supports the international safeguards capability of the U.S. government through training and the analysis, formulation and development of safeguards policy, radiation detector testing and assessment, and technical analyses.  A major objective of the group is to support the safeguards activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This support is provided by NPI through both policy and technical vehicles, projects, and deliverables. In addition to supporting IAEA safeguards, the group supports other safeguards and arms control initiatives, such as analytical and policy support for the implementation of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) and implementation of international nuclear security and safeguards initiatives of DOE/NNSA.

Position Description

The Nonproliferation and National Security Department seeks an early career professional with knowledge and experience in international safeguards, nonproliferation, and/or national security who can assist the Department with projects related to international safeguards for advanced nuclear facilities and nuclear security.

Led by the Group Leader for Nonproliferation Policy and Implementation and other Department Leaders,  you will support the implementation of ongoing projects. You will also assist in hosting student visits and university outreach, contribute to ongoing projects in data science and engineering development, participate in equipment testing projects, and support general Department activities.  You will be afforded the opportunity to attend BNL lectures, conferences, and training related to international nuclear safeguards to develop an understanding of the field. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to international safeguards and nuclear security projects through research, writing, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Attend project meetings and contribute to progress reports and presentations to sponsors.
  • Assist with outreach to students, in particular promoting awareness of nonproliferation and national security career opportunities.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Engineering, International Affairs, or Political Science
  • Knowledge of U.S. domestic and international policies related to safeguards and security
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills to collaborate with other team members
  •  Ability to present at lectures and at scientific conferences
  • Proficiency with MS Office Apps, cloud computing, and e-conferencing tools (e.g., Zoom, Teams, WebEx)
  • Ability to work independently in an office environment and while on business travel
  • Knowledge of basic international nuclear nonproliferation, national security, and related technologies
  • Interest in contributing to scientific endeavors and publications

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree in Science, Engineering, International Affairs, or Political Science
  • Knowledge of a foreign language (United Nations languages preferred)

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

The proposed work will take place in an office environment as well as in the laboratories of BNL scientists and engineers.  The ability to conduct oneself safely in BNL laboratories by understanding safety information sheets, use personal protective equipment, and follow prescribed procedures and protocols and to advise visitors of required protective equipment upon entering laboratories is fundamental

Other Information:

  • The employee may be asked to travel alone or with other Department representatives to attend meetings with U.S. government representatives or at other national laboratories.
  • Initial 1 year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding.

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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