Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Positions – The Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) Laboratory for Nuclear Security Policy (LNSP) is seeking applicants for the Stanton Fellowship in Nuclear Security at MIT. This Fellowship comes with a stipend of $80,000/year and is intended to develop the next generation of leaders. Fellows work on research projects at the intersection of technology and nuclear security policy. Fellows may join an existing project or propose their own. Projects should take advantage of faculty expertise at LNSP and NSE. Collaboration with members of the MIT Security Studies Program is also encouraged. Fellows are required to produce an original, policy-relevant paper before the conclusion of the fellowship, preferably a publication in an academic journal. Fellows are also required to present their work at the annual Stanton Nuclear Security Seminar hosted by the Stanton Foundation. Eligible applicants should have either a Ph.D. in a relevant technical field (e.g., Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Chemistry, etc.) or a combination of technical expertise in nuclear-related sciences and an advanced degree in a related policy area, by the inception of the fellowship. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates who have appropriate technical background sufficient to ensure success of research but who lack an advanced degree are welcome to apply, however please note that preference will be given to young scholars seeking to develop a career in the field. Deadline: This is an ongoing opportunity. Appointments will typically follow the academic year. Applications received by March 1, 2017 will be considered for fellowships in the 2017-2018 academic year beginning September 2017. Final selection of Fellows will occur by March 15th. Please visit the LNSP website for more application details http://lnsp.mit.edu/stanton Questions may be sent to nse-stanton@mit.edu

Faculty Positions – The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, invites applications for faculty positions starting September 2017 or on a mutually agreeable date thereafter. Appointments are expected to be at the assistant or nontenured associate professor level, but highly qualified candidates for a senior faculty appointment are also welcomed. The Department is a world leader in the generation, control and application of nuclear reactions and radiation for the benefit of society and the environment. Its faculty educate and conduct research in fields from fundamental nuclear science to practical applications of nuclear technology in energy, security and other fields. We are seeking exceptional candidates broadly engaged in these areas. All candidates who demonstrate excellence in the multidisciplinary landscape of the department’s research and education areas will be considered. These areas include, but are not limited to: advanced modeling, simulation, and theory of complex nuclear systems; integrated design for nuclear fission energy systems; advanced thermal hydraulics; the nuclear fuel cycle; radiation sources and technology; nuclear security; plasma physics and fusion engineering; materials for extreme environments; and quantum engineering and control. The research areas of emphasis for will be core fission expertise such as integrated fission system design, innovative fuels, and neutron interactions science. [See http://web.mit.edu/nse/]. Applicants must have a doctorate in a relevant engineering or scientific field by the beginning of employment, and must have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship in a relevant technical field. We welcome applications from a wide range of related disciplines, including physics, chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering, computational science and engineering, and environmental engineering. However, a commitment to excel in teaching in one of the core fields of nuclear science and engineering is essential. Faculty duties will include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, research, and supervision of graduate students. Applications are being accepted electronically at http://nse-search.mit.edu/. Each application must include: curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of three or more references (each candidate must also arrange for three or more reference letters to be uploaded electronically),  two-page strategic statement of research interests,  one-page statement of teaching interests, and electronic copies of no more than three representative publications. Recognizing MIT’s strong commitment to diversity in education, research and practice, minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. Applications received before January 16, 2017 will be given priority. MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. http://web.mit.edu

2017-2018 Nuclear Policy Fellowships: Application Period Open
The Project on Managing the Atom offers fellowships for pre- and post-doctoral scholars, and mid-career professionals, during the 2017-18 academic year, in the stimulating environment of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty members may also apply for Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowships at the Belfer Center. The online application for 2017-2018 fellowships opens December 15, 2016, and the application deadline is January 15, 2017.

The Project on Managing the Atom advances policy-relevant research on reducing the risk of nuclear and radiological terrorism, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, reducing the dangers of existing nuclear stockpiles, and assessing the future of civilian nuclear power. Researchers interested in strengthening international cooperation on nonproliferation, aspects of preventing nuclear terrorism, and nuclear energy or weapons issues in Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia are particularly encouraged to apply. 

  • To learn more about the Managing the Atom Fellowships, click here.
  • For application guidelines and materials, click here.
  • To learn more about Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowships, click here.

The Project on Managing the Atom, based at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, is Harvard’s principal research group focusing on nuclear weapons and nuclear energy policies. For additional information and resources about the project, click here.


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The Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) is not currently accepting applications for its graduate fellowship program.  Please check back periodically for further information.

In 2014 North Carolina State University (NCSU) was awarded a $25M grant by the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to create the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC), comprised of 10 partner institutions:

University Partners

  • NCSU (lead institution)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kansas State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan

National Lab Partners

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

CNEC’s goal is to become the preeminent research and education hub dedicated to the development of enabling technologies and technical talent for meeting the present and future grand challenges of nuclear nonproliferation. The education and training of graduate students who are actively involved in research relevant to nonproliferation is a key component of the CNEC mission and the CNEC Graduate Program will foster and promote this activity.

CNEC Fellowships

Applicants must have either applied to a graduate program, or be already enrolled in a graduate program, at a qualifying college or university with the ultimate objective of earning a doctoral degree in a field that is relevant to CNEC’s goals and mission. Eligibility requirements include a 3.5 GPA for undergraduate applicants and a 3.7 GPA for graduate applicants. Additionally, all applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US. Applicants must demonstrate that their graduate program and research plans are of high quality and relevant to CNEC’s mission.

The program will cover full tuition and fees and provide a $33,000 annual stipend ($2750/month) to each CNEC Fellow for up to four years. Funds for stipends and tuition and fees will be provided to the Fellow’s institution by CNEC for disbursement to the Fellow. Additionally, each CNEC Fellow will be provided with travel support to the annual University Industry Technical Interchange (UITI) review meeting, which is an annual meeting that presents current research and activities in the nuclear nonproliferation community. CNEC Fellows will be required to present their research at the UITI meetings. Continuing support for a CNEC Fellow is contingent on their maintaining a 3.7 GPA throughout their graduate academic career and on their making steady progress towards earning their target degree. CNEC Fellows will be required to complete annual reports on their current status and achievements during the previous year, for review and comment by their academic advisors before transmittal to CNEC. The academic advisor is required to assess the progress that has been made by the Fellow in the previous year and recommend whether or not the fellowship should be renewed for another year.

CNEC Fellows are expected to intern at one of the participating national laboratories for at least two summers during the duration of the fellowship and will be compensated for their travel and dislocation expenses. These expenses will be covered separately by CNEC.

The following sections provide additional details on the CNEC Graduate Fellowship Program.

Qualifying Institutions

Institutions that are eligible to host CNEC Fellows must have demonstrated a commitment for research in nonproliferation areas. A number of institutions have already established their credentials in this area, including the CNEC partner universities listed above as well as institutions that are eligible to host Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards (NNIS) Graduate Fellowships. Fellowships are not restricted to CNEC partner institutions. See scuref.org/nnis-01 for a list of NNIS-eligible universities. If your institution is not listed, please complete and submit the CNEC Fellowship Eligibility Form (1) to srbuster@ncsu.edu. Fellows must be enrolled in a graduate program in an eligible university prior to the transfer of fellowship funds to the Fellow’s institution.

Technical Areas

The following technical areas illustrate the breadth and depth of the nonproliferation research activities being pursued by CNEC. Applicants should consider these and related topics when they describe their graduate program and research plans.

  • Identify and create tools that can be used to analyze data from single sensors, sensor networks, and data streams to locate, identify, and characterize signatures of nuclear proliferation.
  • Develop simulation and modeling methods to identify and characterize SNM and facilities that process SNM, including:
    • Develop simulation and modeling methods to predict and characterize the structure and behavior of observable signatures associated with SNM;
    • Integrate sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification in predictive physics models;
    • Analyze predictive simulations to identify potential new signatures or patterns of signatures; and
    • Apply simulation and modeling to evaluate the potential effectiveness of new sensing, measurement, and analysis techniques.
  • Identify and create tools that can be used to collect, fuse, and analyze data from multiple sensors to support the identification of signatures, decisions about data collection, and development of simulation and modeling methodology for nonproliferation applications.
  • Develop technology to replace those industrial measurement and radiation effects sources that use long-lived radioisotopes with either accelerator sources of radiation, short-lived radioisotopes, or non-nuclear measurement approaches in order to mitigate the danger of the original long-lived radioisotope being stolen and used as a “dirty” bomb, contaminant of the water supply, or some other harmful use.

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