Career Employment

From jet engines to GPS, great ideas have taken flight thanks to bright minds at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Where can you start innovating? Explore the many paths to employment with AFRL.

For All Job Types

USA Jobs

USA Jobs hosts positions open to the public. Search science and technliogy positions, as well as contracting, human resources, finance, and other career fields vital to our work.

For STEM Professionals

Direct Hire Authority

Science and engineering professionals are a majority of our workforce. The DHA helps fill vacancies with creative, innovative individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher in STEM discipline. Add your resume to the DHA database for future opportunities.

For Veterans

Technician Opportunities

Continue serving your country by transitioning your skills to various civilian positions within the laboratory.

For Recent Graduates

Graduate Program

AFRL hires recent graduates through a variety of programs that are tailored to mentor and develop those early in their careers. Explore these programs using our academic opportunities finder.

Careers That Make a Difference

Explore Some of Our Careers Below
  • AMY BURNS

    Aerospace Engineer

  • DR. CLARISE STARR, PH.D.

    Deputy Division Chief

  • 1ST LT. DAVID FEIBUS

    Software Team Lead

  • KRISTEN BARRERA

    Senior Research Psychologist

  • RYAN HELBACH

    Chief Intrapreneur

  • DR. SHANEE PACLEY

    Materials Scientist

  • TED HARMER

    Electronics Engineer

  • DR. JAMES CHRISTENSEN

    Product Line Lead

  • MARY LOU ROBINSON

    Division Chief

  • DR. SOUMYA PATNAIK

    Portfolio Lead

  • NIVIA COLON-DIAZ

    Research Electronics Engineer

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Amy Burns

Aerospace Engineer

What She DoesAmy Burns leads AFRL’s automatic collision avoidance technology initiative. As program manager and team lead, she develops aircraft systems and advances relevant technologies.

Her Biggest AccomplishmentBurns led a team in developing the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS), a software update for digital flight control computers that prevents in-flight collisions. Initially loaded on F-16 aircraft, the Auto GCAS system has saved the lives of eight Air Force pilots since 2014.

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Dr. Clarise Starr, Ph.D.

Deputy Division Chief

Dr. Clarise Starr received the 2018 Scientist of the Year award at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corp (HENAAC) Annual Conference. She is the Deputy Chief for the Applied Technology and Genomics Laboratory, which serves the Air Force and the Department of Defense by bringing cutting-edge science and technology to public health, infectious disease control, biosurveillance, biodefense, precision medicine and human performance.

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1st Lt. David Feibus

Software Team Lead

1st Lt. David Feibus manages a software team, overseeing the costs, schedule and performance of the B.A.T.M.A.N. team. The Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided kNowledge (B.A.T.M.A.N.) is an advanced technology demonstrator designed to provide quick responsiveness for technology. As deputy program manager to Capt. Dalton Miller, who oversees the entire BATMAN team, Feibus leads various projects.

I’m just the front man, he says. Feibus credits his awesome team of civilian and contractor developers saying they are the brains behind the whole machine.

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Kristen Barrera

Senior Research Psychologist

Barrera manages a research portfolio within the Airmen Systems Directorate that supports AFRL’s Autonomy in Motion effort. She advances the mission by engaging in program management activities. Her job is to lead the development of pilot vehicle interfaces (PVI) between Manned and Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) in anti-access, area denial (A2/AD) environments. Barrera monitors various projects that strive to minimize the manned flight lead’s workload and maximize the overall situational awareness.

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Ryan Helbach

Chief Intrapreneur

Ryan Helbach is AFRL’s chief intrapreneur, an aerospace engineer and an emerging leader. He works for AFRL’s Small Business Office where he develops new ideas to drive innovation within the research organization. To accomplish his mission, he applies scientific methodology to create initiatives that influence AFRL personnel, small businesses, academia and other researchers.

I love building…

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Dr. Shanee Pacley

Materials Scientist

Dr. Shanee Pacley is a materials scientist in AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. She specializes in nanotechnology and focuses on carbon nanomaterials. Pacley got her start at AFRL as an undergraduate co-op student.

She says she enjoyed the hands-on experience in the lab and the day-to-day interaction with other scientists and engineers in the field.

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Ted Harmer

Electronics Engineer

Ted Harmer develops ways to improve Air Force training programs, specifically those related to medical readiness and personnel recovery. His research focuses on continuous learning, performance assessment and validation of training. Since he specializes in applied training research, Harmer often works directly with Airmen in the field.

He explains that his ultimate goal is to enhance the instruction that the Airmen need to successfully complete their missions. Harmer says he aims increase the realism and fidelity of the training.

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Dr. James Christensen

Product Line Lead

Christensen’s job is to connect AFRL’s basic science research with Air Force operational needs. To accomplish this goal, he identifies opportunities to rapidly develop and transition products that meet near-term Air Force requirements.

In one instance, Christensen spearheaded the development of wearable monitoring devices for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, or SERE, specialists. These devices protect students during rigorous training exercises where they function in isolated rugged environments for extended periods.

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Mary Lou Robinson

Division Chief

AFRL is developing non-lethal weapons that will dramatically change the battlefield. The high power microwave weapons currently undergoing tests at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico will provide warfighters with the ability to execute non-lethal force.

Mary Lou Robinson leads this game-changing mission as the division chief of the high power electromagnetics unit within AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate.

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Dr. Soumya Patnaik

Portfolio Lead

Dr. Soumya Patnaik leads a multidisciplinary modeling group that develops models for aircraft power and thermal management subsystems. Her team’s research spans from developing new and innovative modeling approaches to transitioning their models to predict the performance of current aircraft systems.

Dr. Patnaik says that the best part of her job is her opportunity to learn something new eve…

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Nivia Colon-Diaz

Research Electronics Engineer

What she does

As a research electronics engineer, Nivia Colon-Diaz is currently developing “methodologies to assess mutual coupling effects on the next generation of radio frequency (RF) sensors.”

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KEY BENEFITS
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Affordable Health and Life Insurance
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Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
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Transferable Retirement Plan with Government Matching Contributions
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Flexible Work Environment
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Paid Employment Related Training and Education
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Possible Student Loan Repayment
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Payment of Licenses, Certification, and Academic Degrees as Applicable
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Bonuses, Incentives, and Awards as Appropriate for the Job
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Annual Pay Increases and Locality Pay Adjustments
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Access to Installation Services