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- College of Information Sciences and Technology
The College of Information Sciences and Technology and the Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University are currently seeking US Citizen candidates for a postdoctoral scholar position. The job location is in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Scholars Program was designed to utilize mission-critical expertise possessed by highly qualified subject matter experts in DTRA’s mission to combat and respond to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and use. The position will support research activities to improve methods for understanding social and network modeling of critical infrastructure. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in mathematics, theoretical physics, computational social science, or a related field. Preferred skills 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 an understanding of some graph theoretical concepts in network analysis. Emphasis on human behavior during crisis and disaster scenarios would also be beneficial, but not required. Candidates should have an interdisciplinary background and be willing and flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty. This is not primarily a bench research position within a lab, but is mostly 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 assessment of investments in basic research efforts 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 funding 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. The successful applicant must be a US citizen capable of obtaining a security clearance, and be willing to re-locate to the Washington DC metropolitan area. The appointment will be for a one-year period with a possibility of renewal. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV or resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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