Section Manager, Principal Nonproliferation Policy Analyst – Safeguards

Argonne National Laboratory
  • Location
    Lemont, Illinois
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 01

Position description

Argonne’s Center for Strategic Security (CSS) develops and implements practical approaches and technical solutions to address severe threats to national and global security. Such threats include weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation, WMD-related terrorism, insider threats, foreign acquisition of advanced U.S. weapons-related equipment and technology, sophisticated cyberattacks, infectious disease, compromised critical materials, and supply-chain vulnerabilities, among others. CSS recognizes that strategic security requires ongoing actions to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate threats, prepare for attacks, and prevent harm. CSS provides technical advisory services, policy implementation support, and security solutions for sponsors such as the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and State, as well as the Intelligence Community. 


We are seeking a Section Manager, Principal Nonproliferation Policy Analyst – Safeguards to provide policy and technical expertise to Division programs in areas related to international nuclear safeguards, nuclear security, and nonproliferation of WMD.

In this position, you will:

  • Act as Section Manager for the Nuclear Safeguards and Security Section
  • Manage and implement analysis and international cooperation projects for nonproliferation and nuclear safeguards programs
  • Act as Principal Investigator and manage selected international nuclear safeguards projects including:
    • Development of proposals
    • Determination of scope of work and method of implementation
    • Coordination of project execution and activities to achieve deliverables and milestones
    • Management of resources to meet program objectives
    • Prepare and contribute to technical analyses and reports of proliferation activities and safeguards issues
    • Prepare and contribute to the development of methodologies to evaluate issues of proliferation concern
    • Prepare and deliver training and lectures on safeguards and nonproliferation subjects
    • Assist sponsor with program management activities as needed
    • Mentor team members


To be considered we expect you to have: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant technical field and 13+ years of experience or equivalent.
  • A solid technical background and experience in a relevant field and a strong desire to apply that background to nonproliferation policy
  • Personnel management experience and leadership skills
  • Project management experience/skills and ability to solve problems independently
  • Knowledge and experience with international nuclear safeguards and security programs and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of nuclear and nuclear-related technologies in the nuclear fuel cycle as they relate to proliferation and nonproliferation
  • Knowledge of methodologies for nonproliferation, safeguards, and security assessments of nuclear energy programs, systems, and facilities
  • Understanding of the role and functions of international nonproliferation organizations, such as the IAEA or the Nuclear Suppliers Group and relationships between government bodies
  • Knowledge of foreign protocol and ability to perform work in an international environment
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis to produce analytic reports on nonproliferation and nuclear safeguards and security issues based on all available sources of information.
  • Familiarity working in international and multicultural environments and knowledge of diplomatic and communications protocols
  • Independent discernment, strong organizational skills, and excellent skills in oral and written communications
  • Good skills on PC systems using word processing, presentation, and other typical office software applications

There is a strong preference for candidates that have a technical background with a MA/MS degree in policy or international relations.

You will be required to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” clearance and must be a U.S. citizen. Please see for more information about requirements for obtaining a security clearance process.

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