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Nuclear Analyst at Applied Research Associates, Inc

Posted in Science 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Reston, Virginia

Job Description:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is looking for an experienced Nuclear Analyst. This position provides operational, research, development, and training support along with subject matter expert advice and decision support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as part of its 24/7/365 Reachback contract.  The DTRA Technical Reachback team’s prime focus is to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and (high yield) Explosive (CBRNE) related requests for information (RFIs) from the Combatant Commands (COCOMs), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Joint Staff (JS), Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), first responders, and other local/state/federal agencies.

The successful candidate will provide general knowledge and subject matter expertise as a Nuclear Physicist/Engineer in support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The candidate will work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary Reachback team. Required tasks include performing complex engineering and scientific analyses and conducting special studies. Development of scientific reports, technical assessments, and independent verification/validation of CBRNE effects models is also required. Each Technical Reachback team member undergoes a rigorous certification process before becoming an active member of the Reachback team.

The successful candidate will be team oriented, possess strong multi-tasking abilities, and contribute nuclear physics/engineering expertise to the multi-disciplinary team. The candidate may be involved in consequence management support in areas of threat detection, attribution, protection, and remediation applications.  The ideal candidate will use applied knowledge to develop, integrate, test, verify, validate and apply CBRNE software/scenarios based on results of experiments and predicted phenomena based on theoretical and computational methods. Working closely with other engineering groups to define the modeling objectives, the candidate will obtain the required model inputs and outputs, verify and validate results, and develop tailored products for customers. The candidate will review technical work of other scientists and engineers performing modeling projects.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear Physics/Engineering or a very closely related field with minimum 5 years experience

  • Ability to apply physics expertise to scientific problems through the use of analytical instruments, mathematics, modeling, and simulation

  • Ability to work varying shifts

  • U.S. citizen w/ability to obtain or maintain a Top Secret security clearance 

  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)

  • Good technical presentation skills

  • Teamwork mentality

  • Microsoft Office proficiency

  • Active Secret Clearance


  • Master's Degree or higher with minimum 3 years experience

  • Experience in CBRNE/WMD with a focus on radiological or nuclear defense

  • Experience with modeling and simulation

  • Experience with statistical analysis

  • Active Top Secret Clearance, or Top Secret Clearance w/SCI 


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1000 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

Please apply at for the Nuclear Analyst position.



  • Bachelors or better in Nuclear Physics or related field


  • Masters or better in Nuclear Physics or related field



  • Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them

  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject

  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

  • Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



  • Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

  • Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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