Nuclear Explosion Monitoring (NEM) Research, Principal Investigator

Albuquerque, NMDR-02/03 Interdisciplinary position in AFRL/RVBN open to all Science and Engineering Professionals

Job Overview

This job announcement will be accepting candidate submissions from 17 September 2021 to 01 October 2021
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Atomic Long-range Systems branch (AFRL/RVBN) seeks highly motivated and experienced junior-to-mid-level career professionals to lead the technical directions and National customer engagement of the Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Research program on Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), New Mexico. 
AFRL/RVBN provides basic & applied research that supports significant capability improvements in Air Force nuclear explosion monitoring (NEM) for underground tests.
Position duties include but are not limited to:
  • Provides technical leadership to determine program research directions for nuclear explosion monitoring RDT&E in RVBN’s NEM program
    • The successful candidate will ensure highest Air Force and national NEM priorities are addressed by the research program, and that potential and expected NEM capability improvements are fully communicated and coordinated with AFTAC and other NEM customers
    • They will assess opportunities for capability improvements from the dynamic state of the art in nuclear explosion monitoring research from the AFRL program and other related programs including AFTAC, DOE and DTRA, related basic science programs such as AFOSR and NSF, and similar fields such as seismic hazard monitoring. 
    • They will advocate for all significant capability improvements through the AFRL chain-of-command and through customer agencies and chains
  • Ensures AFRL in-house and external efforts are making substantial improvements that are put to use by AF monitoring such as AFTAC. Leads development of new capabilities related to nuclear explosion monitoring.
  • Plans training and integration projects with interagency partners and stakeholders
  • Fosters collaboration with DOD partners and stakeholders as well as DOE/NNSA National laboratories

Required Qualifications

  • US Citizenship
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in science, engineering or mathematics.
  • Experience in seismological research and/or related research fields applicable to nuclear explosion monitoring, potentially including data sciences, equivalent to an advanced degree
  • Demonstrated experience with further advanced research and/or operational monitoring
  • Applicants must currently hold, or have the ability to obtain a DOD TS/SCI clearance

Desired Qualifications

  • 3-15 (or more) years experience solving scientific problems by conducting or directing research
  • Experience in researching new operational monitoring capabilities
  • Experience in leadership of diverse collections of researchers to tackle multidisciplinary challenges
    • Ability to coach and mentor early-career personnel 
    • Strong and effective communication skills, critical thinking skills and practical problem-solving
    • Ability to recognize significant research opportunities and engage multiple parties in exploring these opportunities