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Nonproliferation Specialist

Job ID 1608 Date posted 02/01/2019


Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



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.  The Nonproliferation Policy and Implementation Group, within NN, 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.



The Nonproliferation Policy and Implementation Group is seeking an Nonproliferation Specialist to work in a team to support international nuclear safeguards and security engagements, on both technical and policy-based initiatives.  The incumbent will also collaborate with the Nonproliferation and Detector R&D Group, as well as with the Nonproliferation and Homeland Security Field Support Group. 

The successful candidate will:

  • focus on supporting existing programs in international nuclear safeguards, university outreach, homeland security, and concepts and approaches for nuclear safeguards by conducting scientific and policy research in areas related to nonproliferation
  • be an emerging leader in the design, development and implementation of innovative projects designed to improve the technical aspects of IAEA safeguards initiatives by developing safeguards technologies, designing detectors using advanced materials, performing safeguards-relevant laboratory tests and data analysis
  • be an emerging leader in the design, development and implementation of  equipment testing for field implementation and data collection for the Department of Homeland Security
  • support the Radiological Assistance Program’s team deployments as a Health Physics Support team member
  • prepare interim and final project reports and presentations
  • contribute to and lead the design, development, and implementation of exercises, lectures and modules for NNSA Human Capital Development initiatives, work with universities to develop course materials pertinent to international safeguards, develop and lead academic exercises, and present lectures to university participants
  • publish results of research and development in peer reviewed, scientific journals
  • prepare proposals and lead projects as funded



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in physics, nuclear engineering or electrical engineering.
  • Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible full-time related work experience including supporting scientific research programs following established methods and standards for investigation and experimentation. Must have considerable experience and thorough knowledge of a specialized field.
  • Experience with NNSA’s Office of International Nuclear Safeguards (OINS) program
  • Experience with detectors for safeguards and homeland security applications
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Cultural sensibility, with the proven ability to work efficiently and effectively in a multicultural environment
  • Entrepreneurial drive
  • Strong understanding of international policy pertaining to nuclear safeguards
  • Ability to obtain and retain a Q clearance
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally as required for project work and laboratory representation

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A PhD (preferred) or M.S./M.Eng. in physics, nuclear engineering or electrical engineering.

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

Must be able to pass Radworker training requirements and be willing to work in a radiation environment

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

Fluency in one or more foreign languages is desireable (United Nations languages preferred)


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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

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