Physical Scientist

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  • Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
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OPEN: 30 May 2024
CLOSE: 13 June 2024
The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) is currently seeking a Physical Scientist 009463391M to work in the Mission Assurance Division of the Nuclear Technology & Integration Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, near Albuquerque, NM.
This position is an NH-1301-03, which has a typical 2024 salary range of $87,878 - $135,851.
These positions are not eligible for full time telework; situational-based agreements may be available at the discretion of the hiring manager.
The Mission Assurance Division is within the Nuclear Technology & Integration Directorate at the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and assesses strategic AF systems against current and future threats. The Nuclear Technology and Integration Directorate integrates across multiple system program offices to ensure U.S. Strategic Systems are "Never Doubted, Always Feared."
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as project lead for multidisciplinary projects executing strategic system capability assessments, and as a general scientist for additional assessments.
  • Serve as technical project lead for strategic system capability assessments, including scoping studies, completing in-house project analyses, leading mission partner teams to execute studies, and reviewing and out briefing study results to leadership within and external to the organization.
  • As a member on a multi-disciplinary team, use background expertise and experience to lead and guide mission partner teams to execute technical analysis of strategic systems - including but not limited to capability analyses, threat assessments, nuclear effects analysis, modeling and simulation, test events, subject matter expert analyses, and architecture analyses.
  • Work with other project leads and team leads to provide inputs to larger body of studies being executed, develop team strategy, and plan specific project directions for outyear execution.
  • Proactively establish and grow relationships with relevant organizations within the nuclear enterprise community and potentially the Department of Defense with the purpose of sharing relevant information resulting from executed studies to customers and peers in a timely and effective manner.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate technical results, strategies, and team objectives to division, directorate, and center-level leadership.
  • Proactively develop and present technical briefings and reports to program stakeholders and senior leaders.
  • Collaborate with relevant system program offices, COCOMs, operators/users to support concerns regarding strategic systems.
  • As a member on a multi-disciplinary team, provide technical leadership and expertise on contractor work performance to include tracking progress, evaluating work products, supporting missions, and facilitating process development/improvement initiatives.
  • Background in physics/nuclear physics/material sciences or engineering field is required.
  • Ability to problem solve through innovative approaches is required.
  • Operational experience of strategic weapon system experience is highly valued.
  • Experience in analytical red-teaming, vulnerability analysis, root cause analysis, or risk analysis is a highly valued.
  • Knowledge in analysis techniques such as but not limited to: STPA, fault tree analysis, FMA, or SMEVA
  • Resourcefulness, ability to work in a team, and initiative are valued.
  • Experience using analytical engineering tools, writing technical products, and presenting technical results and strategy is valued.
  • Employee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance, and will be required to handle and safeguard sensitive and/or classified information in accordance with regulations to reduce potential compromise.
  • Employee must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a physical science or Engineering from an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited program.
  • Employee must meet Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements, which includes achieving Engineering and Technical Management “Practitioner” certification category within required timeframe after appointment.
  • In accordance with the Ethics in Government Act, 1978, employee may be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.
  • This position may require up to 25% Travel.
To qualify as an physical scientist, employee must meet the education and specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards, Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions:
When applying at the link below, please use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Click the apply button to complete an application and upload resume (PDF or Word Doc) and/or additional documents (Transcripts, certifications, Vet Docs (DD214), SF-50).
Apply at by June 13, 2024.
If you have questions about this position or about the application process, please contact Arlene Pando AFNWC Recruitment Specialist, at
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Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age.