DHS Visiting Scientist Opportunity for Faculty and Researchers

Organization
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Reference Code
DHS-TSL-VisitingScientist-2021
How to Apply

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Description

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is offering research opportunities for their Visiting Scientist Program at the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL). These research opportunities are open to faculty as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience. Ideal applicants will be interested in adding their perspective and in-depth knowledge to innovative research in threat detection technology while learning from and collaborating with a highly skilled team of TSL staff and researchers in a unique laboratory setting.

What will I be doing?

You will engage in your research interests, while also joining a cohort of scientists in a new endeavor in threat detection technology and applied research, specifically related to synthetic data generation, testing and evaluation. The need to develop synthetic methods to test new Deep Learning algorithms is paramount and the proposed research is new and cutting edge.

The project involves a team of TSL staff and researchers focused on a two-fold approach involving x-ray and millimeter wave regimes looking at threat components in passenger baggage and personnel.  The goal of the research is the generation and validation of synthetic data based on the operational characteristics of x-ray computed tomography and active millimeter wave imaging of personnel. This research will directly influence the infrastructure for aviation and national security.  The program is seeking postdocs, faculty and other professionals that have experience in modeling and large data sets and have a foundational knowledge of the physics or engineering applicable in learning to create high-fidelity synthetic data.

Why should I apply?

This opportunity will allow you to independently utilize your skills and engage with experts in innovative ideas to move the proposed research forward. There are multiple opportunities available to engage in your applied research and evaluation interests.

These include, but are not limited to,

  • Deep learning algorithm testing
  • Synthetic signature and/or image generation
  • Data manipulation and quality assurance
  • Threat analysis testing and evaluation

You will join a team of physicists, chemists, engineers and mathematicians who are leaders in explosives detection and mitigation. These talented technical experts have more than 1,000 years of experience collectively. Being a part of this team also means having access to a unique 12-acre secure campus specialized for explosive storage and handling areas and a multi-laboratory infrastructure designed for applied research, test and evaluation.

Where will I be located? Atlantic City, NJ

What is the anticipated start date?

TSL is ready to make appointments immediately. Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidates. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and appointments will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.

What are the benefits?

As a Visiting Scientist with TSL, you will receive:

  • Stipend, starting at $80,000 based on your academic level and experience
  • Health Insurance Allowance
  • Relocation Allowance up to $5,000, if you are located more than 50 miles one way from the hosting facility.

Appointments are for one year with the option to extend the appointment for additional years. Extensions are contingent upon project needs and funding availability.

Nature of the appointment

You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DHS or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

Security Clearance

Although you will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DHS or any other office or agency, you must have or be eligible to obtain and maintain a security clearance for the duration of your appointment. It is expected that after completing the necessary application for clearance a fitness determination will allow participation to begin with unclassified material, while awaiting a clearance.

About Transportation Security Laboratory

TSL helps protect our nation’s civilian air transportation systems. 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.

For additional information about TSL, visit: https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/transportationsecurity-laboratory.

For additional information about DHS, visit: https://www.dhs.gov/about-dhs.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have received or expect to complete all requirements for a Doctoral degree by the anticipated start date. Applicants currently pursuing a doctoral degree must provide proof of completion of all degree requirements before the appointment start date. 
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

Highly competitive applicants will have education and/or experience in one or more of the following:

  • Deep Learning Algorithms
  • Imaging, x-ray, and/or microwave scatter
  • Computer Science
  • Computational Physics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with education and experience in similar or related fields in physics, mathematics and statistics, engineering, or similar, are also encouraged to apply.

A complete application consists of:

  • Complete profile
  • Essay Questions - The application includes questions specific to the opportunity.
  • Academic Records - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of academic records provided by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted.
  • Current Resume/CV
  • One (1) Recommendation - Applicants are required to provide contact information for at least one recommendation in order to submit the application. You are encouraged to request a recommendation from a professional who can speak to your abilities and potential for success as well as your scientific capabilities and personal characteristics. Recommendation requests must be sent through the Zintellect application system. Recommenders will be asked to complete a recommendation in Zintellect. Letters of recommendation submitted via email will not be accepted.

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 [DHS-TSL-VisitingScientist-2021] in the subject line of the email.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age