Network Sciences and Nuclear Effects Postdoctoral Scholar

Washington D.C.
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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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 the modeling of critical infrastructure networks. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in mathematics, theoretical physics, network engineering, or a related field. Preferred skills include computational and analytical modeling and simulation. Proficiency in the following areas are of interest: graph theoretical concepts, network analysis, HPC programming, PDE/ODE, optimization, NP computational complexity algorithms, queuing, transportation, routing. Emphasis on network behavior during damage and disaster scenarios would also be beneficial, but not required. Candidates should have 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.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088