Nuclear Threats Subject Matter Expert

Engility   •  

Lorton, VA

Industry: Business Services


Not Specified years

Posted 395 days ago

About Engility

Engility delivers innovative solutions to critical challenges facing the nation and the world. As a premier provider of integrated services for the U.S. government, we support the Department of Defense, intelligence community, space communities, federal civilian agencies and international customers. Engility is dedicated to making lives better, safer and more secure.


Engility is seeking a Nuclear Threats Subject Matter Expert to join our team supporting our Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) team.  

  • Provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Nuclear Detection Division, Nuclear Threats Portfolio.
  • Serves as a project manager to develop, guide and monitor all aspects of cost, schedule, administration and performance of a portfolio of technical projects.
  • Manages acquisition actions with Department of Defense (DoD) performers, other Federal agencies, industry, and academia.
  • Drafts all documents required for contracting actions, such as statements of work, tasks, and contract data requirements lists, along with other documents required for successful program management.  
  • Monitors and advises on the financial aspects of projects; provides early alerting of any potential issues.
  • Supports development of project plans for new technology areas.
  • Possesses the ability to rapidly understand new technical, mission requirements; keeps current on the state-of-the-art in technologies that could further the Nuclear Threats mission, and explains technology and concepts to others.
  • Scouts for best technology areas to apply to Nuclear Threats mission.
  • Presents new ideas for investment and recommends how to best pursue those chosen technology areas and/or specific technology.  
  • Provides advice and facilitates government evaluation of project progress/results.
  • Collaborates as a member of the Nuclear Threats Portfolio and advises on/supports the projects of the project managers inside, and when appropriate, outside the branch.
  • Interacts frequently with other government agencies involved in non-proliferation, counter-proliferation, remote sensing, and nuclear threat detection.
  • Participates in DTRA and interagency meetings; leads meetings as required.
  • Responds to interagency, DoD, and DTRA taskers; conducts and assists with daily administration within the Nuclear Threats Portfolio.

Required Qualifications


  • Masters degree in Physics, Engineering or related field.


  • Must possess superb technical program management skills and proven ability to manage the cost, administration, schedule and performance of a program.  
  • Must be able to understand and execute the DoD research, development, test and evaluation process (RDTE).
  • Must be able to take programs from concept to prototype demonstration effectively and efficiently.
  • Must be thoroughly knowledgeable and experienced with the DoD program management/contracting process/federal acquisition process, to include working with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), drafting contracting packages, and managing the obligation and expenditures of funds.
  • Must be able to understand military and intelligence community (IC) concepts-of-operations.  
  • Must be able to see potential in new technologies and/or applytechnologies to solve Nuclear Threat requirements.  
  • Must have proven ability to translate requirements and observations into clearly defined written products (briefings, reports, White Papers) in short timeframes.
  • Must work well and be comfortable in a team environment.
  • Must be able to quickly understand and explain scientific/engineering principles supporting research and development (R&D) to internal and external audiences; to summarize and assess research proposals for technical merit, feasibility, and achievability; to analyze technical approaches to meeting operational requirements and filling capability gaps; and to develop research strategy to close those gaps.
  • Must be able to accomplish daily, reoccurring administrative tasking with little to no instruction.
  • Must be experienced working with some or all of the following: DoD, other Federal agencies, industry, and National or Service Laboratories.
  • Must be able to complete work with minimum guidance and supervision.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be skilled in using personal computer and standard office automation systems (e.g., Microsoft Office, M/S Project).
  • Must be able to travel based on mission requirement.  Travel is required (10 to 25%).


MUST POSSESS A DoD TOP SECRET CLEARANCE, with ability to obtain SCI access

Desired Qualifications


  • Masters of Science in a core science or engineering discipline.
  • Program Management Professional certification such as by the Project Management Institute (PMI) or a comparable organization.


  • Experienced with the DoD or IC RDTE process.
  • Possess background and ability in one of the following three areas: 1) Program Management, 2) Special Operations Forces, or 3) the Intelligence Community. Additional areas of interest include: 1) ISR systems, 2) experience with Multi-INT data fusion, 3) Deep Learning and computer augmented capabilities/perception, and 4) high value target location and tracking.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex technical projects and/or programs.
  • An understanding of WMD threats and expertise in the theory and operation of non-nuclear, non-radiological sensors.