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Nuclear Forensics, Survivability and Resilience Analyst

Job ID: 2110047
Location: WASHINGTON, DC, United States
Date Posted: Jul 12, 2021
Category: Defense/Intel
Subcategory: Policy Analyst
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Top Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI
Potential for Remote Work: No
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SAIC is seeking a Nuclear Forensics, Survivability and Resilience Analyst to be located in the Washington D.C. area.

This individual provides scientific, technical and/or analytical support to a wide range of actions in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment regarding the national strategic deterrent. 

Nature of work actively engages issues, actions and initiatives, drawing from academic preparation and experience, concerning, or relating to the development, deployment, transportation, safety, security, storage, and training for the stewardship of nuclear weapons and the broad range of activities comprising and associated with countering nuclear threats. 

This individual may support the development of key DoD and national/executive guidance, organizational initiatives, and DoD nuclear skills preservation and expertise sustainment actions.  

Emphasis includes post-detonation nuclear forensics, but may also include any of the following areas: the national nuclear stockpile; nuclear weapons operations; nuclear weapons detection; nuclear accident/incident response; national response framework (response to a nuclear–radiological incident); emergency response and consequence management; national-level exercises; nuclear enterprise and infrastructure transformation; nuclear weapons effects; nuclear weapon survivability; survivability to nuclear weapon effects; stockpile sustainment, including life extension activities; nuclear weapon program requirements; HEMP/EMP defense; radiation detection and dispersal defense initiatives; and the national and DoD policies which underlay the above.  Individual additionally may provide support to DoD activities under the  Mutual Defense Agreement with the UK and France or the Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC) and the NWC Standing and Safety Committee (NWCSSC) and may contribute to or prepare joint NNSA/DOD reports for delivery to the President and/or to the Congress.  Individual will interact with interagency NTNF partners, in particular DOE/NNSA, the FBI and the Intelligence Community.  Works with other government agencies, and other offices within DoD to facilitate integration of DoD’s capabilities into a coherent US government capability that spans all elements of the NTNF attribution communities. 


Works with DoD, national laboratories, and industry to develop research and development projects that support the transition of new technologies into operational DoD capabilities. 

This individual reviews documents, contributes to studies or task forces, prepares papers and staff summaries and briefings, attends/participates in meetings within/across the Department, across the interagency and other branches of government and/or with academia and industry.  Individual prepares and disseminates agenda, meeting materials and meeting summaries. Reserves meeting space, ensures interagency attendee access, and other administrative aspects.



Education:  Master’s degree is required.  Major in hard science, such as chemistry, mathematics, physics, metallurgy and nuclear physics or in a related engineering field, such as chemical, materials, electrical or nuclear engineering is required.  Doctoral degree in same fields is preferred.

Required Skills:  Quantitative and qualitative analytic and technical skills, with excellent written and oral communication ability.  Knowledge base required in nuclear weapons policy, operations and acquisition, to include stockpile, accident and incident emergency response, safety and nuclear security issues and activities.  Nuclear science knowledge: familiarity with the concepts of radiation and nuclear physics.  Familiarity with nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors, and the nuclear fuel cycle.

Expert knowledge of Microsoft suite of ‘Office’ products required (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).      

Desired Skills:  Ability to confidently and credibly execute presentations at high levels, to coordinate actions and initiatives across the OSD, the Joint Staff, Services, and other Federal Departments and Agencies, and to produce “executive-style” summaries.  Experience in the area of technical nuclear forensics programs to function as a policy expert with working knowledge of the various government programs for technical nuclear forensics and attribution.  Familiarity with federal and/or DoD budgeting and acquisition process, including management and tracking of funds, strategic planning, requirements determinations, and project milestone development and tracking.   Ability to communicate technical, operational, and policy level concepts both verbally and in writing in order to coordinate program initiatives with stakeholders, colleagues and leaders. 

Recent Pentagon experience a strong plus. 


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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