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Nuclear Scientist/Nuclear Weapons Analyst

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is seeking a scientist/engineer to provide technical support on nuclear counterterrorism, nuclear counterproliferation, and nuclear security topics for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). These topics include providing technical assessments on the efficacy of Improvised Nuclear Devices (IND), providing policy and technical support for WMD monitoring and safeguards, integration of technical proposals into an execution plan, and guiding day-to-day execution of international and technical programs.  The candidate should have a background in nuclear engineering, physics, or related discipline, well-developed technical skills and an interest in programs related to nuclear weapons technologies. 

The candidate should have an understanding of the physics of nuclear weapons, nuclear materials, and verification tools/technologies and the relationship of these topics to counterterrorism and counterproliferation, emergency response, security, intelligence, and operations security activities. The candidate will draft technical correspondence, review and provide feedback on technical engineering programs, conduct requirements analysis, and draft execution programs and project plans.

The candidate will work in a team environment and will assist in growing our counterterrorism/counterproliferation and nonprolifereation portfolio by identifying and cultivating marketing opportunities related to the field.  Position will be located in the Washington D.C. area with opportunities for occasional travel.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


  • Candidate must have demonstrated mathematical and analytical skills related to the physics and engineering of nuclear weapons and the nuclear fuel cycle.
  • Candidate must have well-developed oral and written communication skills with demonstrated experience interfacing with senior civilian executives and scientists.
  • Candidate must be able to work with little supervision, including setting and achieving interim milestones that support higher task objectives.
  • Active DOE Q or DoD TS Security clearance.


  • M.S. and seven to nine years of relevant experience, or M.S. and five to seven years of relevant experience, or Ph.D. and three to five years of relevant experience. Degree must be in nuclear engineering, physics or a related discipline.
  • Familiarity with the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear weapon design, verification technologies and approaches, operational research and analysis.
  • Experience with techniques and methods used in counterterrorism/counterproliferation


  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree strongly preferred
  • Experience with NNSA counterterrorism and counterproliferation programs or related nonproliferation and arms control programs
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis and utilize common statistical analysis software packages
  • Project management experience with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Ability to interface and collaborate with international partners
  • Previous experience with radiation transport modeling including Monte Carlo codes such as MCNP, Geant4, Denovo, and SWORD.
  • Familiarity with computer programming languages such as Java, C++ or Python
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Washington DC, DC
United States
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