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Colleagues,

Please see and share the Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity available 
at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).  Established in 1998, the 
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) provides the Department of 
Defense's core intellectual, technical, and operational support 
expertise for countering threats posed by weapons of mass destruction 
(Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) and high-yield explosives.

The Postdoctoral positions are offered through Penn State University 
(PSU).  More information about the DTRA-PSU Postdoctoral Fellow Program 
can be found here: 
http://ist.psu.edu/research/news/announcement-post-doctoral-research-fellowship-program-1

Nuclear Weapons Effects Postdoctoral Scholar: https://psu.jobs/job/64230

The position will support research activities to improve methods for 
understanding nuclear weapons effects consequence of execution. 
Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in computational sociology, 
computational social science, or a related field. Skills required 
include computational modeling and simulation (agent-based modeling, 
social network analysis, Monte Carlo methods, uncertainty 
quantification, etc.) and proficiency in HPC computer programming as 
well as a deep understanding of social sciences. Emphasis on human 
behavior during crisis and disaster scenarios is beneficial. Candidates 
should have an interdisciplinary background and be willing and flexible 
at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty. This is not a 
bench research position within a lab, but is focused on support of basic 
research and program management. The following are emphasized: (1) depth 
of analytic thinking to identify critical research needs and 
opportunities; and, (2) follow-up management of investments in basic 
research grants to foster success of the portfolio. The successful 
candidate will help implement new ideas into development of research 
topics, review proposals and scientific progress, and support grant 
oversight. Program success is achieved by increasing innovative 
knowledge needed for reducing threats posed by nuclear weapons, and more 
generally WMD threats, followed by fostering transition of basic 
research to applied research and development.

For a qualified candidate, this opportunity would provide the following:

         $83,664 annual salary
         $6,000 Domestic Travel allowance

Reminder: applicants must be a U.S. citizen, capable of obtaining a 
security clearance at the Secret level.  Postdoctoral scholars will 
spend one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, 
working at DTRA (Fort Belvior, VA) as employees of The Pennsylvania 
State University.


Established in 1998, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) provides 
the Department of Defense's core intellectual, technical, and 
operational support expertise for countering threats posed by weapons of 
mass destruction (Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) and 
high-yield explosives. As both a defense agency and a combat support 
agency, DTRA has a mission that spans:
-Nonproliferation (cooperative reduction and elimination of WMD, 
associated delivery systems, materials, and infrastructure at their 
source) - Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reductions and Arms Control 
Treaty Monitoring and Verification
- Counterproliferation (deterring and defeating WMD threats) - WMD 
detection, tracking, and interdiction; WMD agent defeat; hardened target 
defeat; and protection of people, systems, and infrastructure against 
WMD effects
-Consequence Management (Responding to WMD usage and mitigating the 
effects) - WMD effects prediction; Reachback support to decision makers 
and first responders; and advisory teams
-Countering WMD Planning Support - Support to DoD and joint CWMD policy; 
strategy, and doctrine development; expertise and support for DoD-wide 
CWMD planning; exercise support
-Support to a Safe, Secure and Effective U.S. Nuclear Deterrent - 
nuclear weapons accountability; nuclear weapons safety and security; 
inspections of nuclear capable units; and related training

More information about DTRA can be found here:
http://www.dtra.mil/About/

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