Physical Scientist / Engineer - Pulse Power

Job Locations US-VA-Fort Belvoir
Science & Engineering
Full Time


ORAU has a contingent job opportunity for a Physical Scientist or Engineer.  This position will support of the overall functions of the DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency), Ft. Belvoir, VA. Salary for positions will be determined based on education and experience. Relocation support is not available for this position.


ORAU has been providing scientific and technical talent staffing solutions and designing, managing, and evaluating jobs and internships for more than 70 years. ORAU assists in connecting the best and most diverse group of students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and job opportunities, whether in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices or private sector R&D departments.


ORAU is seeking a motivated, career and customer-oriented engineer or physicist who specializes in nuclear effects experimental capabilities to join our team at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, providing unparalleled support to our customer and in an exciting and rewarding career.  This position provides Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Nuclear Technologies Department, developing state-of-the-art test and evaluation capabilities to ensure DoD weapon systems and facilities are hardened and survivable against the effects of nuclear weapons.





The successful candidate will assist in the development, application, and integration of simulation and experimental capabilities needed at DoD, contractor, and National Nuclear Security Administration facilities to certify the survivability of strategic reentry, missile defense, and satellite as well as conventional weapon systems. 


Simulation and experimental capabilities include advanced sources, techniques, and methodologies for more accurate physics and test capabilities; large blast and thermal test facilities; experimental validation and Testable Hardware Toolkits for satellite response validation; modernized Cold/Warm X-ray testing; tools and test data for strategic materials to support design decisions and certification; and high-fidelity large-area test capability to simulate effects of impulse for Reentry Systems. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Researching requirements, and translating best technology areas and concepts to provide recommendations to mitigate or eliminate identified vulnerabilities.   
  • Provides advice and facilitates government technical actions, including statement of work development, proposal technical evaluation, contractor technical performance.




Education Requirements:


Bachelor of Science plus 5 years of relevant experience OR Master of Science plus 3 years of relevant OR Doctorate in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or other relevant scientific/engineering field.

- Military Experience may be considered in lieu of specific education requirements




    • Experience with nuclear physics, space environmental effects, radiation, electromagnetic pulse, and satellite survivability techniques highly desired.
    • Level II or III System Planning, Development, Research and Engineering (SPDRE) for Science & Technology or Systems Engineering is desired.
    • Ability to translate requirements and observations into clearly defined written products (briefings, reports, White Papers) in short timeframes.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Skilled in using personal computer and standard office automation systems (e.g., Microsoft Office, M/S Project).
    • Travel is required (10% to 25%).
    • A DoD Secret clearance is required. Must have or be able to obtain TS/SCI.


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