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UPF lecture draws crowd, protesters

UPF Federal Project Director John Eschenberg, right, poses with Howard Hall, director of UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security, before Eschenberg’s talk Thursday night at the Baker Center. (KNS/Frank Munger)

Thursday’s INS Distinguished Lecture on the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project drew about 90 registered attendees, including a picket line organized by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

John Eschenberg, federal director of the UPF project, spoke for about an hour and fielded questions from the audience.  It was also covered by the local press in an extensive article by Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Frank Munger.

The UPF is a major NNSA modernization and construction project at the Y-12 National Security Complex that will replace the decaying (and expensive) Manhattan Project era uranium building 9212 at Y-12, and is a linchpin in Y-12’s plans to reduce the facility’s high-security footprint. As Eschenberg noted in his lecture, these large, nuclear-grade, one-of-a-kind facilities bring many challenges and frequently attract criticism.

NNSA’s Graduate Fellowship Program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

NNSA_LogoThe National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program provides unique hands-on experience to prepare exceptional graduate students to become next-generation leaders in global nuclear security. During the 12-month, full-time, salary-plus-benefits term, Fellows work in policy or technical areas alongside NNSA experts in Washington, D.C. or other NNSA site locations.

Fellows receive specialized training and opportunities for career development and professional networking, while also directly supporting NNSA’s global nuclear security mission in placements that align with their backgrounds and interests.  Fellows will interact with leading researchers in the field while helping shape the vision for future technologies related to detection of nuclear materials and the security of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens eligible for a high-level security clearance, and are accepted to, enrolled in, or will be graduating from a master’s or Ph.D. program during the year of application. Desirable academic specializations for the policy track include international relations, security or nonproliferation studies, political science, public administration, economics and related fields.  For the technical track, desirable academic specializations include nuclear physics/ engineering, chemical engineering, radiation health physics, radiochemistry, chemical sciences, applied physics, and related fields. Some positions may also benefit from backgrounds in safety and health, infrastructure and operations management, or finance/accounting.   A combined policy and technical background is highly desirable, and a foreign language is a plus.

Applications typically are accepted beginning in early August through October 21st. Fellowship terms begin the following summer.

Visit to learn more and apply.

S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Faculty

aaas_logo-prv_580x390AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Faculty engage doctoral level scientists and engineers in national and international issues in the federal policy realm, while affording a career enhancing opportunity to develop valuable skills, resources, and networks in the science policy arena.

The policy fellowships are a public service and professional development opportunity for faculty to apply their knowledge and training to the policy development and implementation process.

Learn how you can enhance policy and transform your career. Join AAAS September 4 at 2 p.m. EDT for a one-hour video based chat session on the AAAS Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowship program and application process for the 2015-16 fellowship year. Have your questions answered by faculty colleagues and alumni fellows, and chat with program staff.

September 4 at 2pm EDT: S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Faculty


Will Ukraine go nuclear? INS featured on “Background Briefings” discussing the crisis

deanandmeNatalie Manayeva, a research assistant at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Nuclear Security and Dean Rice, former congressional policy and legislative aid on energy and national defense, were interviewed by Ian Masters for his radio show “Background Briefings” on August 4.

They discussed the CNN op ed “Is Ukraine about to go nuclear again?” that they wrote with Dr. Howard Hall, Director of the INS, and talked about the most recent and threatening developments in Russian/Ukrainian conflict, including growing possibility of Ukraine obtaining nuclear weapons and other countries following that example.

Background Briefings with Ian Masters is a radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers, offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy. The show airs on KPFK FM-90.7 – Los Angeles and is broadcasted to over 160 radio station across the U.S.

Click HERE to listen to the  interview.

Currently advertised IAEA positions

IAEA lo goCurrently advertised vacancies in the IAEA Department of Safeguards:

2014/076:   Director (D-1)               

Application Deadline:    June 20, 2014

Salary:  $161,426

Guidance:  U.S. citizens Should NOT apply.


2014/420:   Systems Analyst/Programmer (P-3)

Office of Information and Communication Systems                       

Application Deadline:    June 20, 2014

Salary:  $94,918

Guidance:  U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply.


The U.S. Support Program is currently recruiting for a junior professional officer position:

11/TAU-002 – JPO – Unattended Monitoring Systems (UMS Engineer) – Josh Tackentien


For more information please visit:

U.S. Department of State 2015 Spring Student Internship Program

us_department_logoThe U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State 2015 Spring Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Click here ( to go directly to USAJobs to start the Gateway to State online application. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 1, 2014.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your Spring 2015 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

Please visit for more information about the Spring 2015 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 1, 2014.


ORAU Opportunity: Australia’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships


ORAU has partnered with the Australian Government to seek U.S. and Canadian applicants for Australia’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides funding for study, research, or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

The following opportunities are available:

  • Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides up to AU$272,500 for eligible non-Australians including Americans and Canadians to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to four years.
  • Endeavour Research Fellowships provides up to AU$24,500 for American and Canadian postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers to undertake 4-6 months of research in Australia.
  • Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides up to AU$18,500 for professional development opportunities (1-4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from eligible participating countries.


Program benefits include travel and establishment allowances that can be used towards expenses such as rental bonds, text books, study materials, or computer/software expenses. A monthly stipend is also provided to cover living expenses while residing in the host country

Application Process: 2014.

To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age and have completed at minimum a bachelor’s degree. For more information on eligibility requirements or to apply, visit  or .

100 Leaders Write to President Obama on Non-Proliferation Spending Reductions


Washington DC – May 1, 2014– Press Release – In an effort to express frustration with three years of successive cuts to critical preventing terrorists from gaining access to dangerous nuclear materials, 100 experts on national security and nuclear non-proliferation issues have written to President Obama decrying twenty-five percent or greater budget cuts to key nuclear non-proliferation programs in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request.

Signers include former Senator Byron Dorgan (ND); Lt. Generals John Castellaw (USMC ret.), Robert Gard (USA ret.) and Arlen D. Jameson (USAF ret.); and Ambassadors Kenneth C. Brill, Ralph Earle II, Thomas Graham Jr., Peter Galbraith and Nancy Soderberg. The letter was also signed by two former Members of Congress, other retired generals, sitting State Senators and Representatives and heads of various nongovernmental organizations.

The full text of the letter and all signers can be found here.

In reference to the cuts former Senator Dorgan said: “Terrorist groups are working overtime to acquire nuclear weapons with which to terrorize the world. Our country needs to show leadership in preventing terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons. Cutting federal spending now on the nuclear non-proliferation programs would be a very dangerous mistake.”

The letter originated with the Council for a Livable and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation’s Director of Non-Proliferation Programs, Kingston Reif said: “Reducing funding for these programs increases the amount of time it will take to secure or eliminate dangerous materials that could be used by terrorists in an improvised nuclear explosive device or a dirty bomb.”

Council for a Livable World is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to increasing national security, particularly through reducing of the danger of nuclear weapons proliferation. The Council advocates for a strong and sensible national security policy and helps elect congressional candidates supporting those ideals.

INS on CNN: Is Ukraine about to go nuclear again?


Today, CNN published an op-ed by INS Director Dr. Howard Hall, Natalie Manayeva, and Dean Rice discussing the actions of Russia in Ukraine and their consequences on the future of the NPT and global nuclear security.

(CNN) — As tensions escalate on the eastern border of Ukraine, President Barack Obama has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government “to cease all efforts to undermine and destabilize” the sovereign nation after the movement of Russian troops into Ukraine and its annexing of Crimea.

Meanwhile, our European allies continue round-the-clock conversations as the political leadership in Kiev is seemingly helpless to stave off the next potential military land grab.

This is the backdrop to a legislative endeavor in Kiev that, although widely unreported in the West, will fundamentally reshape the world community’s dialogue on the Ukrainian crisis…

Read full article here.


New position at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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2014/036 Safety Officer (Capacity Building) (P-3)

Position and Grade: Section Head (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Safety Assessment Section
Division of Nuclear Installation Safety
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 11 March 2014
Application Deadline: 21 April 2014
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

See details here.

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