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Nonproliferation Policy Specialist

Job ID 2737 Date posted 07/20/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) 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.

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 Policy and Implementation Group is seeking a Nonproliferation Policy Specialist to support NN work with various U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense. The Nonproliferation Policy Specialist will provide technical and policy expertise on nuclear safeguards and security on projects ranging from paper studies and policy research to field implementation of safeguards and security projects, in collaboration with other groups in the NN Department and at BNL.  This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support existing programs in international nuclear safeguards, radiation detection and nuclear smuggling, homeland security, university outreach, and concepts and approaches for nuclear safeguards through research and analytical writing
  • Design, develop, and implement innovative projects supporting U.S Government national security objectives, in the areas of nonproliferation, nuclear security, and homeland security.
  • Lead projects and track project progress
  • Prepare interim and final project reports and presentations
  • Develop proposals for submission to government agencies such as the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, political science, engineering, physics, or related field
  • Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible full-time related work experience in international safeguards, nuclear security, or related fields
  • Strong understanding of international policy pertaining to nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation, nuclear and radiological security and/or nuclear and radiological detection
  • Experience in managing projects related to international safeguards, nuclear security and/or weapons of mass destruction
  • Experience working in an international environment to implement programs in cooperation with bilateral and/or multilateral partners
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and clear and concise communication skills
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally as required for programmatic work (approximately 30%)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A PhD or M.A./M.S./M.Eng. in Security Studies, Political Science, International Affairs, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or similar field.
  • Experience working at the IAEA or other international organization, U.S. government, the DOE national laboratory complex, or in the nuclear industry
  • Knowledge of U.S. government agencies' programs and funding
  • Advanced knowledge of a foreign language (United Nations languages preferred)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain an  SCI clearance 

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

This position may require travel to nuclear facilities or to underdeveloped countries of the world.  In addition, job responsibilities may require entry into research laboratories or industrial facilities at BNL or elsewhere. Candidates should be comfortable traveling to and working in such locations.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits


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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