Lead Physicist

2 weeks ago
Requisition #
Security Clearance
Full Time
Job Category
Biology and Chemistry


Technology and threats evolve rapidly in today’s ever-changing environment. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) monitors those threats and capitalizes on technological advancements at a rapid pace, developing solutions and bridging capability gaps at a pace that mirrors the speed of life. S&T’s mission is to deliver effective and innovative insight, methods and solutions for the critical needs of the Homeland Security Enterprise. S&T conducts basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation activities relevant to DHS.

This position provides scientific support in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, as part of a team of high-performance professionals supporting the client's most vexing technical and technological challenges, and developing solutions to meet the next homeland security threats. The employee would

  • Oversee, monitor, and support government-sponsored research programs on leading-edge technologies,
  • Evaluate the feasibility of technical approaches to problems, monitor performance against goals,
  • Develop test and evaluation strategies, and assess the efficacy, safety, cost lifecycle costs of proposed or realized solutions.
  • Develop status reports, PowerPoint briefings, and read-ahead materials, as well as organize/coordinate meetings, discussions, and seminars. The employee is expected to be able to concisely communicate their findings to technical and non-technical audiences as needed.
  • The position may require travel (limited- 6x/year)


  • Master's Degree (M.A. or M.S.) in physics, or a closely related discipline.
  • 12 or more years of experience
  • 10 or more of those years providing direct or consultant scientific support to major programs or system development efforts
  • Project and program management experience, with demonstrated increasing levels of responsibility
  • Evidence of strategic scientific guidance, such as technology roadmaps, feasibility analysis, and market research regarding the boundaries of state-of-art technology
  • Microsoft Office (especially PowerPoint, Excel, and Project) required
  • Strong technical writing skills, targeting both technical and non-technical audiences 
  • Current SECRET clearance
  • Eligibility to obtain DHS access and Suitability


  • Experience supporting DoD and/or DHS components (e.g. TSA, CBP, FPS, NPPD, DNDO, USCG, ICE) either operationally or through project management
  • Ph.D. in physics, or a closely related discipline
  • Knowledge of optical (e.g. laser-based) sources, detectors, and systems for national security applications 
  • Knowledge of high-energy (e.g. X-ray, etc.) sources, detectors, and systems for national security applications
  • Current TOP SECRET clearance, especially with SCI access
  • Current DHS access and Suitability
  • DAWIA certification (especially Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and/or Science/Technology Manager)
  • Prior experience supporting DHS is especially desirable



Noblis and our wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI and Noblis NSP, are solving difficult problems that help our government and our country. We bring the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise with a reputation for independence and objectivity. We support a wide range of government and industry clients in the areas of national security, intelligence, transportation, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and enterprise engineering.

Learn more at noblis.org/about.

Why work at a Noblis company?
Our employees find greater meaning in their work and balance the other things in life that matter to them. Our people are our greatest asset. They are exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable, team-oriented, and mission-driven individuals who want to do work that matters and benefits the public.

Noblis has won numerous workplace awards. Over the past two decades, Noblis has consistently earned wide recognition:

1. Best Employer: We have been a Washington Post “Top Workplace” for 4 consecutive years including the last three among the top 10. We’ve also been recognized by Glassdoor “Best Medium-Sized Company to Work For” for 2 years, and many awards in previous years


2. Business Ethics and Integrity: A “World’s Most Ethical Company” for 6 years by Ethisphere Institute, Finalist at the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards


3. Leadership and Innovation: CEO Amr ElSawy and SVP National Security Roger Mason selected to Executive Mosaic’s annual Wash 100 List, CEO Amr ElSawy named as a “Tech Titan” by the Washingtonian Magazine, Noblis CTO recognized as a trending 40 CIO in the DC Area.
Noblis maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race.



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