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Posted 6/20/2012 Printable Fact Sheet



The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the heart of science and technology for the United States Air Force. AFRL is the Air Force's only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. The men and women of AFRL are creating the Air Force of the future - turning science fiction into science fact. Become a member of the Air Force Research Laboratory and help us "Create the future".


The Air Force Research Laboratory seeks qualified professionals with advanced degrees who are willing to accept the reward of challenging scientific and engineering positions. The Headquarters of AFRL and five Technology Directorates are located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Dayton, Ohio, with key operating locations at Arlington, Va.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Rome, N.Y.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Kirtland AFB, N.M. Other sites may include Hill AFB, Utah; Robins AFB, Ga.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and Maui, Hawaii. For specific mission responsibilities at the various locations, please see the Air Force Research Laboratory Fact Sheet.

Interested candidates with a Master's or higher degree in Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronomy & Space Science, Biomedical Engineering, Cartography, Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Entomology, Environmental Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, General Anthropology, General Biological Science, General Engineering, General Health Science, General Physical Science, Geophysics, Health Physics, Industrial Engineering, Mathematical Statistician, Mathematics, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Microbiology, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, Optometrist, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Safety Engineering, Statistician, Social Scientist, Speech Pathology & Audiology, Toxicology, and Veterinary Medical Science should forward their application material to AFRL.DP.SandE.DHA@wpafb.af.mil. Applicants should state their name, degree level, and degree major in the subject line of the email as well as attach their resume (please ensure a detailed description of duties accomplished is stated in your work experience & the start and end dates of employment are in the MM/DD/YYYY format), official transcripts statement from the institutions registrar, dean or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation which confirms completion of requirement for the required degree and unofficial transcripts and if a veteran, a copy of the DD-214. If you are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference) plus proof required by that form, i.e. letter from the VA stating percentage of disability. Applicant should also state in the body of the email the geographic locations for which applying. 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.

These positions are being filled utilizing the Direct Hire Authority that may appoint qualified candidates possessing an advanced degree to professional scientific and engineering positions within the Air Force Research Laboratory. Using this Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved government-wide direct hire authority, Laboratories enumerated in section 9902(c)(2) of title 5, United States Code may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provisions of subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code, other than sections 3303, 3321, and 3328 of such title.

This notice may be used to fill anticipated permanent, modified term or term vacancies with a full-time or part-time work schedule at various locations. Modified term and term appointments may be extended without further announcement. A modified term appointment may be noncompetitively converted to a career appointment.

Qualified candidates must meet the minimum standards for the position as defined in OPM's operating manual, "Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions,": http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp; or the laboratory's demonstration project qualification standards specific to the position to be filled; possess a Master's or higher degree from an accredited college or university in a field of scientific or engineering study directly related to the position for which applying; and meet any selective placement factor identified for the position to be filled. Salary is set commensurate with selectee's background, experience, and market considerations.

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) of 1990, P.L. 101-510, Title XII, imposed qualification requirements for certain acquisition positions. DAWIA was enacted to improve the effectiveness of the acquisition workforce by establishing minimum qualification standards for each acquisition stall. The Department of Defense implemented DAWIA by establishing a certification process. Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) is AF's implementation of DAWIA. Each Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) career field requires specific education, training, and experience as well as defines the certification process for each career field. Candidates must be able to meet mandatory education, training, and experience requirements of the level of the position to which they are appointed within two years of their assignment. These requirements are in addition to the qualification requirements established by OPM. Certification levels are determined by the level of responsibility of the job, and whether the job requires basic, intermediate, or advanced experience and training. More information regarding the Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) can be found at http://ww3.safaq.hq.af.mil/career/.

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): Per 5 CFR 330.704 DISPLACED EMPLOYEES APPLYING UNDER THE INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP) MUST MEET THE REQUIREMENTS LISTED BELOW AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION AT TIME OF APPLICATION: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection. An ICTAP eligible will be considered well qualified if he/she has documented in the application process that his/her knowledge, skills, and abilities that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you are an eligible ICTAP applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for these positions. For more information concerning eligibility criteria please go to http://www.usajobs.gov/EI32.asp  



· Most positions are covered under DAWIA and require additional education, training, and experience. If you possess DAWIA Certification, please indicate your Certification Level and Career Field Information in your resume.

· Some DAWIA positions may be designated as Critical Acquisition Positions (CAPs). In addition to DAWIA certification requirements, individuals selected for CAPs must also be a member of the Acquisition Corps at the time of selection or meet the requirements or have an approved waiver prior to placement in the position. The selectee must sign a three-year tenure agreement prior to assuming the position. If you are an Acquisition Corps member or meet the requirements, please indicate your membership or that you meet the requirements in your resume.

· Candidates not certified may still apply and be selected for DAWIA positions, but must achieve certification within 24 months of appointment.

· Employee is expected to meet Continuing Acquisition Education requirements for positions coded for acquisition.

· Employees must maintain current certifications.

· This position may be a drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment, and participation in random drug testing.

· The work may require the employee to occasionally travel away from the normal duty station via military or commercial aircraft.

· Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

· The selectee may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450), prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter.

· For supervisory positions, a 1-year supervisory probationary period is required.

· A three year probationary period is required for permanent positions.

This is a public announcement and will be used to fill anticipated Permanent, Term or Temporary vacancies with a full-time or part-time work schedule in various locations in the Air Force Research Laboratory as vacancies occur during the open period.


All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.

Fact Sheet Point of Contact:
88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
(937) 522-3252

Updated May 2012

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