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Nonproliferation Specialist

Job ID 1866 Date posted 08/30/2019

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 candidate will also collaborate with various groups within NN, subject to departmental needs. 

The successful candidate will:

  • focus on supporting existing programs in international nuclear safeguards, university outreach, and concepts and approaches for nuclear safeguards by conducting scientific and policy research in areas related to nonproliferation
  • be a leader in policy analysis relevant to safeguards
  • design and coordinate training initiatives relevant to the mission of the IAEA’s Department of Safeguards
  • be an emerging leader in the design, development and implementation of innovative projects designed to improve the policy and technical aspects of IAEA safeguards initiatives by leading and contributing to safeguards policy-relevant research and projects
  • 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
  • support international engagement work relevant to nonproliferation and nuclear safeguards
  • prepare proposals and lead projects as funded, manage projects

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in management, anthropology, sociology, or international negotiations
  • Minimum of ten  (10) years progressively responsible full-time related work experience
  • Experience working within NNSA’s Office of International Nuclear Safeguards (OINS) program
  • Experience with training and project management for international nuclear safeguards
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • 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:

M.A. in international policy studies, or related field

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

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


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


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

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

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.

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