Mission Support and Test Services, LLC

  • Plasma Physics PhD (Senior Principal Scientist)

    Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
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    USD $123,988.80/Yr.
    USD $192,192.00/Yr.
  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in calculus-based STEM field, plus at least 14 years' relevant experience
    • PhD in nuclear or plasma science or related field, plus at least 10 years' relevant experience highly desired
    • Ability to demonstrate advanced communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment
    • Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, “Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites,” will be conducted. Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation, and subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, “Counterintelligence Evaluation Program.” Eligibility Requirements – To obtain a clearance, an individual must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order 472.2, “Personnel Security.”
    • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.


    MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace.


    Establish neutron and gamma radiation science and technology as an element of the Stewardship Science and Experimentation Program Office at MSTS. The candidate will develop capabilities in staff, science and technology to meet NNSA needs for Neutron-Diagnosed Subcritical Experiments (NDSE), Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments (ECSE) and, more broadly, for applications of neutron sources developed at NNSS to national-security-related missions.

    Technical Areas:

    Neutron source development and applications, neutron nuclear science and engineering, fusion plasma science and engineering. Examples include NDSE, active interrogation, dynamic neutron imaging, nuclear forensics and other R&D applications supporting NNSA missions.

    Potential Program Elements:

    ECSE/NDSE, NA-11 Science Program, NA-11 Base Hydrodynamic and Subcritical Experiments Program, "C7" (radiation effects), NA-20 nuclear forensics, NA-80 nuclear counter-terrorism

    Program Manager:

    51% programs, balance in execution

    Project elements:

    • Dense Plasma Physics source development and experimentation
    • NDSE experiments including detector development
    • Alpha Box (in conjunction with Livermore)
    • LANSCE experiments (in conjunction with Los Alamos)
    • National Ignition Facility neutron imaging and related diagnostics
    • SDRD projects related to neutron science (i.e., muon imager, detector development)
    • Leverage nuclear test reanalysis work (e.g., PINEX, NUEX, reaction history and radiochemistry)

    Provide vision for MSTS technical staff, university and laboratory collaborations and subcontract interactions.


    If you’re looking for an interesting, fulfilling career, you’ve come to the right place!


    At Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS), we’re a dynamic team of employees who manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. A premier outdoor, indoor and underground national laboratory for unique, high-level experiments, the NNSS has offices across the country, including Southern Nevada; Santa Barbara and Livermore, California; Washington, D.C.; and Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico. We’re dedicated to working together as a team to keep our nation safe. Join us!


    MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3).