Behavioral Science Subject Matter Expert (SME) – Full-time

Location:      Washington, DC

This position will support the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Corporate Security Strategy, Analysis and Special Operations. This position will provide direct subject matter expertise support to the Department’s Insider Threat Program.


  • Identifying and interpreting behaviors associated with national security concerns.
  • Provide individualized consultations to management with regard to behavioral indicators that may impact placement or retention of DOE personnel in high-risk assignments.
  • Conduct presentations and courses that demonstrate strong, recognizable expertise in behavioral dynamics; and that enable recipients to recognize, understand, and mitigate national security-related vulnerabilities and threats.
  • Engage in behavioral consulting with DOE elements to ensure insider threat objectives and values are directly considered or factored into decisions affecting major operational activities, including such matters as adjudicating clearances, promoting sound personnel security practices, and insider threats.
  • Participate in the development, delivery, and updating awareness education content in support of various training courses regarding a variety of national security-related behavioral issues. These issues vary, but would include preventing and detecting espionage; recognizing trust betrayal motivations; and identifying psychological behavioral issues that could impact access determinations and that may have implications for the national security.
  • Brief the results of medical and/or psychological assessments to select DOE management officials who are responsible for maintaining program security and/or administering access eligibility determinations.
  • Provide situational support to senior management initiatives regarding psychological factors impacting CI Insider Threat assessments and/or damage control in such areas as espionage, sabotage, terrorism, unusual behaviors, or malicious acts in the information technology arena, and other compelling CI concerns.
  • Provide "outreach" support within DOE as well as outside of DOE, including speaking at conferences, assisting in training for adjudicators, and meeting with private sector or other federal agencies relative to the Insider Threat mission.
  • Conduct presentations and courses that demonstrate strong, recognizable expertise in behavioral dynamics; and that enable recipients to recognize, understand, and mitigate national security-related vulnerabilities and threats associated with foreign intelligence operatives and trust-betraying insiders.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Psychology from an accredited university with 10+ years of experience.
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills in the creation of documents, plans, procedures, and proposals.
  • Skilled in articulating complex issues at a level easily understood, in both oral and written form.
  • Willingness to work directly with clients in an environment that changes rapidly, and requires occasional long hours; must possess a mature approach to the personal interactions between a consultant and the client.
  • Must be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational skills and an ability to multitask and be comfortable working with a team of technical experts in varying fields of scientific and engineering disciplines.
  • Extensive experience with the Microsoft Office Suite — Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Able to sit for extended periods and perform work in an office environment, including extensive use of computers.
  • DOE site access will require the qualified candidate be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain a security clearance. The candidate’s written consent to conduct a background check for the purposes of obtaining a security clearance will be required as a condition of employment.
  • May require the periodic successful completion of a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.
  • Ongoing reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal substances may be conducted as a requirement for ongoing access to DOE sites. The candidate’s written consent to conduct such tests may be required as a condition of employment.

Desired or Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the DOE Complex a plus.

If you would like to be considered, please e-mail your résumé to javiles@projectenhancement.com or fax it to 240-686-3959.

Equal Opportunity Employer/AA/M/F/Vet/Disabled (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 rules.)