This posting is still current. 9.03.2019
You will have the opportunity to be part of an exclusive group of scientists to determine the feasibility of using nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) for fielded detection and for supporting test and evaluation (T&E) of commercially-developed NQR-based explosives detection systems.
TSL scientists have successfully exported research-grade infrared and Raman spectra to low-resolution handheld spectrometers for explosives detection in the field, and is now interested in extending this process to nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectroscopy. This technology continues to be an active research direction in academia, industry, and government for the detection of nitrogen containing substances. This opportunity is located in Atlantic City, NJ, on the water and in close proximity to New York City with a competitive stipend for living and other expenses.
Project – Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy / Contraband Detection Research
Under the mentorship of TSL scientists, you will participate in NQR spectroscopy projects that support TSL goals of establishing NQR measurement capabilities, conduct research and development towards threat detection in real-world environments, and support NQR-related T&E projects. You will gain invaluable experience as a researcher and scientist through this appointment, including but not limited to, hands-on training in a federal laboratory, enhanced professional development, familiarity with DHS missions and practice, new knowledge and experience in advanced cutting edge technologies and equipment, and experience working in multi-disciplinary teams with top tier scientists from both private and government industry.
For questions about TSL and the NQR project, contact Dr. Jeffrey Barber at Jeffrey.Barber@hq.dhs.gov.
Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Laboratory dedicated to protecting our nation’s civilian air transportation systems. TSL is looking for masters and doctoral degree level candidates for this exciting new research opportunity in nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR).
By virtue of its accomplished experts, cutting-edge facilities and partnerships, TSL offers the homeland security community and transportation security partners the ability to advance detection technology from conception to deployment through applied research, test and evaluation, assessment, certification and qualification testing. TSL’s core mission is to enhance homeland security by performing research, development and validation of solutions to detect and mitigate the threat of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
TSL addresses four core competencies:
Opportunity includes full-time one year appointment and may be extended contingent upon project needs and funding availability. The maximum time a participant can remain in the ORISE program is five years from his/her initial start date.
Selected candidates will receive a competitive stipend for living and other expenses during this appointment, determined by TSL. Stipends are typically based on the participant's academic standing, discipline, and experience. Candidate may also be eligible to receive a health insurance allowance and reimbursement for travel expenses.
To learn more about TSL, visit https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/transportation-security-laboratory. Learn more about Careers in Homeland Security at https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers.
Nature of the Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DHS, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
Preferred candidate will have:
A complete application consists of:
Submitted documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system. All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
If you have questions, send an email to DHSed@orau.org. Please list the reference code of this opportunity in the subject line of the email.