Nuclear Effects Subject Matter Expert


Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the DC Metro area.  We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision makers in the Federal Sector. We do state of the art work and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team.

SPA assists the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in developing leading edge technologies to counter WMD in support of CCMDs and transitioning these technologies to services and SOCOM. SPA provides expertise across the full range of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) WMD, Counter Improvised Threat and Countering Threat Network technologies to support understanding, detection, identification, characterization, denial, control, disabling, defeating, disposing, safeguarding the force, managing consequences, and test and evaluation in support of military and civilian operations. #CJ #IN123


Provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) to The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Nuclear Effects Division.  Serve as a subject matter expert to direct innovative research in modeling higher-order effects from low-altitude nuclear detonations.   Present scientific and engineering principles supporting proposed research and development.  Summarize and assess research proposals.  Analyze technical approaches to meeting operational requirements for nuclear effects targeting and filling capability gaps, and develop research strategy to close these gaps.  Support development of program plans for nuclear effects ting technology areas.  Actively engage and assist with the Nuclear Effects Division research performed by national labs, academia, and industry.  Provide technical advice to other related programs inside and, when appropriate, outside the Division.  Collaborate as a member of the Nuclear Effects Division and advise on/support the projects of the other program managers.  Direct research, as needed, to improve the capability of U.S. DoD to analyze the consequences of a low-altitude nuclear detonation.  Help oversee and contribute to numerous research and development projects that the agency sponsors at national laboratories and industry.  Assist with acquisition actions, including MIPRs with DoD performers, IOs with other Federal agencies, contracts with industry, and grants with academia.  Respond to interagency, DoD, and DTRA taskers.  Participate in interagency meetings; lead meetings as required.  Assist the Nuclear Effects Division Chief with programmatics and administration as needed.

Travel is required (10% to 25%).

  • PhD in Physics or related discipline
  • 4+ years of work experience or related experience at a national lab or industry
  • Proven ability to translate requirements and observations into clearly defined written products (briefings, reports, White Papers) in short timeframes
  • Demonstrated physical science research and  development experience; experience in nuclear operations or nuclear weapons
  • Final DoD Secret clearance, with the ability to obtain and maintain TS/SCI access


  • TS/SCI
  • Experience working with DoD, other Federal Agencies, Industry, and National Laboratories
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex technical projects and/or programs
  • Familiarity with the physics of low-altitude nuclear effects and the key aspects of the coupling of low-altitude nuclear effects to materials and humans
  • Familiarity with the impact of low-altitude nuclear effects on PMESII (Political, Military, Economic, Social, Information, and Infrastructure) concerns
  • Some familiarity with the DoD acquisition process
Full time
Falls Church, VA 22042, US