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DTRA Postdoctoral Scholar

Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute
Virginia, US
$100,000 starting annual salary + benefits
Posting live until
16 Mar 2024

Job Details

The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute is recruiting candidates for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Postdoctoral Scholars Program. This program trains recent PhD graduates in areas of program management relevant to DTRA-funded national security research.

As a DTRA Postdoctoral Scholar you will work directly with DTRA program managers in support of the DTRA mission to counter the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction. In addition to technical training, you will gain experience with program management of federally-funded research.

Scholars will:

  • Learn first-hand from operators in the field about state-of-the-art technology,
  • Translate complex national security needs into basic research and development requirements,
  • Provide technical programmatic oversight, and
  • Actualize innovative ideas and solutions in CWMD mission space.

Available Disciplines:

A successful candidate in the DTRA Postdoctoral Scholars Program will have a physical science or engineering doctoral degree. Available disciplines may include Nuclear Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics (Laser, Nuclear, Shock, Condensed Matter, Plasma, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical), Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, and Radiation Detection, though other disciplines may be considered.


  • Support critical national security research
  • Receive technical, program management, and federal acquisition training
  • Competitive compensation
  • Annual travel allowance and health insurance
  • Variable terms of 1-3 years

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Candidates must be able to obtain a SECRET level security clearance.
  • Candidates must have a doctoral degree (students who will have degree conferred within six months are encouraged to apply).
  • Location: Fort Belvoir, VA (applicants must be willing to relocate to greater Washington, DC area).

To learn more and apply, please visit:


The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) is one of Johns Hopkins University’s premier research institutes on the Homewood Campus. Established in 2012, HEMI includes faculty members from the Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences the Applied Physics Laboratory in collaboration with numerous associates from academia, government, and industry. Our team of globally recognized researchers embraces the challenge of solving extremely complex research problems. This allows us not only to develop and provide the tools needed to address today’s problems but also to lay the groundwork needed to build the basic science needed to address future threats and opportunities.

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