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Opportunities

Overview



Being a world-class research organization, AFRL understands the importance of having a diverse and inclusive workforce to discover and develop new technologies for the warfighter. This workforce encompasses individuals with various backgrounds, skills, experiences, and talents. AFRL welcomes the talents and creativity of all people — including people with disabilities and veterans — to help meet our mission. As a result, we employ the best-qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability or any other nonmerit factor.

We offer a wide variety of opportunities for experienced professionals in career fields such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), contracting, human resources, finance, and many more.

You will be part of an organization dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and delivery of affordable technologies for air, space, and cyberspace forces. You will have the opportunity to shape and/or strengthen the discovery of innovative technology in an organization with a prestigious paradigm-shifting research heritage that has overseen more than 80 years of research for the Air Force and Department of Defense.

So come work for us, an organization committed to fulfilling and exceeding its federal obligation to be a model employer.

Many job opportunity announcements for AFRL positions appear on USAJOBS. However, some positions are available through other avenues such as direct hire opportunities for STEM professionals. To be considered for both types of opportunities, interested candidates should submit themselves via both methods. For publicly posted opportunities in USAJOBS, click here - "Search for Jobs".

Benefits



AFRL hires the best of the best, and we recognize the contributions of our team members in a variety of ways. One of the key components of our compensation program is an elite-in-class benefits package. As a Federal employee, you'll enjoy exceptional insurance and retirement programs, and as an AFRL employee, you'll also have access to a variety of on-installation programs and benefits.

  • Affordable health and life insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Transferable retirement plan with government matching contributions
  • Flexible work environment
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job
  • Annual pay increases and locality pay adjustments
  • Access to some installation services such as DoD lodging, physical fitness facilities, self help equipment rentals, and golf courses just to name a few

With everything a career with AFRL has to offer, we can't imagine why anyone would leave, but occasionally an employee decides to explore other options. In many cases, they decide to return to AFRL, and, like all Federal positions, the benefits they accrued before leaving are still intact when they return.

Employment

Science & Engineering (S&E) Professionals

A majority of our workforce is comprised of S&E progessionals and we are always looking for creative, innovative individuals who possess a bachelor's degree or higher in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline.  This is AFRL's public notice to appoint qualified bachelor's and advanced degree candidates to STEM permanent, modified term, or term positions to full time/part-time work schedule at various locations. Employees appointed to a modified term appointment may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent position. AFRL can also appoint individuals (or experts) with technical skills and the vision to apply leading edge technology that will further the development of revolutionary capability to the warfighter from this notice. Experts will manage and perform complex, high-cost, research and development efforts for the successful accomplishment of research or technology advancement for the Air Force. Individuals looking for post-doc opportunities are welcome to apply as well. If this is your desired career path, please click here for more info on how to apply.

S&E PALACE Acquire (PAQ) Program

This program offers a 3-year development and training experience to qualified graduates with an S&E-related bachelor’s degree. The first and third years involve work experience; the second year is dedicated to graduate studies, during which participants receive a full salary and coverage of all tuition costs, books, and fees. Click here for more info.

PALACE Acquire (PAQ) Program

This program offers a permanent full-time position during a 2- to 4-year period. A customized training plan gives participants growth experience, both personally and professionally. The program offers yearly salary and promotion increases based on successful performance and supervisor approval. Upon successful program completion, participants earn a permanent civilian position at the current location or within the servicing Major Command. Click here for more info.

COPPER CAP Program

This program helps to prepare college graduates for contract specialist careers. Trainees work with professional contracting officers and receive formal and on-the-job training in all aspects of contract management, including requirements definition, solicitation preparation, price justification, negotiation and award, and contract administration. Selected candidates complete a 3- to 4-year formal training plan, with annual promotion opportunity based upon successful performance, meeting time-in-grade requirements, and supervisory approval at each grade level. Click here for more info.

Pathways Recent Graduates Program

This program provides paid developmental experiences to recent graduates of qualifying educational institutions or programs. Individuals participating in this program have the opportunity to apply academic training and knowledge in a professional job that builds their work skills and provides valuable experience in their chosen field. Participants are generally eligible for retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance.

Technician



Technical Direct Hire Authority for Veterans. AFRL will also utilize this public notice to appoint qualified veterans in the technician positions below with the main objective of allowing veterans the ability to transition their unique military skills to a civilian position within the laboratory. The veterans will be appointed to permanent, temporary or term appointment vacancies with a full-time or part-time work schedule at various locations within the Air Force Research Laboratory.

  • Psychology Aid/Technician
  • Biological Science Technician
  • Health Aid and Technician
  • Nuclear Medicine Technician
  • Medical Technician
  • Pathology Technician
  • Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
  • Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist
  • Medical Instrument Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Environmental Health Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Electronics Technical
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Physical Science Technician
  • Hydrologic Technician
  • Meteorological Technician
  • Cartographic Technician
  • Geodetic Technician
  • Mathematics Technician

Click here to upload resume and/or transcript to be considered for available positions with AFRL

Incentives and/or student loan repayment may or may not be offered.

Applications will be kept on file for 90 days. All applications and supporting documentation become the property of the Department of the Air Force and will not be returned once submitted.

Interns

Scientific, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Student Employment Program (SSEP) Direct Hire Authority

The public notice may be used to appoint STEM students. Qualified candidates appointed to SSEP will be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of undergraduate or graduate instruction leading to a bachelor's or advanced degree in a STEM course of study at an institution of higher education and includes students enrolled in a 2-year program designed specifically for transfer to a 4-year institution. Students may be appointed to a temporary or a flexible length term appointment. The student's work schedule can be full-time or part-time at various AFRL locations. Students under this authority have the opportunity for noncompetitive conversion to a permanent scientific or engineering position upon graduation from the applicable institution of higher education. Click here to apply.

SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholoarship-for-Service Program is part of a connected effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into Department of Defense facilities and agencies to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place. SMART offers scholarships to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields. SMART Scholars receive a cash award paid, full tuition and related education expenses, health insurance reimbursement allowance, book allowance, summer internship(s), and post-graduation career opportunities. Click here for more info.

Pathways

This program provides students with paid opportunities to explore work related to specific career goals while pursuing their degree. Students may work part- or full-time. In addition, individuals who successfully complete this program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent or time-limited position. Participants who work at least 90 days accrue vacation and sick leave but may not be eligible for retirement benefits; or flexible spending accounts; health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance.

Scholars

AFRL Scholars Program

(Eglin Air Force Base, Florida & Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico)

This program is sponsored by AFRL's Munitions, Space Vehicles & Directed Energy Directorates and targets 4-year college graduates through PhD-level students in the science and engineering disciplines. This is a summer program that could lead to graduate fellowships and/or full-time employment. The period of employment is flexible, but typically runs for 3 months, mid-May through September. Students work closely with a highly regarded, experienced AFRL researcher who provides support and guidance. Click here for more info.

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Program

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) provides scholarships as well as internship programs for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In addition, TMCF efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students summer internships with various companies. AFRL participates in this program by offering TMCF-sponsored engineering students the opportunity to work on an AFRL research project and to utilize AFRL facilities during their summer internship. Click here for more info.

Repperger Research Scholar Intern Program

(Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio)

The Chief Scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory invites graduate students and undergraduate juniors and seniors to submit an application to participate in the Dr. Daniel Repperger Research Scholar Program. This program posthumously honors Dr. Repperger, who mentored many young people during his 35 year research career, by providing opportunities for students to work in one of our research facilities under the mentorship of an Air Force scientist or engineer.