Scientist/Engineer, Laser Subsystem Development Program Manager | AFRL

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description: 

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Directed Energy Directorate, Laser Division, located in Albuquerque, NM on Kirtland AFB is seeking candidates with engineering & physics backgrounds for the position of Deputy Program Manager, Laser Subsystem Development (LSD) Program.  This position serves as the deputy to the LSD Program Manager (PM), who oversees the program objective of developing a flight-ready next-gen laser subsystem.  The LSD Deputy PM is responsible for: assisting the PM in recently awarded contracts that seek to identify, quantitatively analyze, and assess candidate technologies for significant increase in laser power over current state of the art, identifying the most promising technology options to scale laser power by calendar year 2024; reviewing contractor performance & notifying the PM and organization leadership if problems are identified; funds administration and all aspects of technical performance per guidance established in annual Laser Systems CTC Strategic Plan, including planning, organizing, and executing the overall program within defined cost, schedule, performance, and assessing & managing risks of a multi-million dollar R&D budget; working closely with the LSD PM and Fiber Laser subject matter experts to define technical content of the program such as technical approaches, roadmaps, and TPMs and prepares program execution, protection & technology transition plans. The Deputy PM will: support regular correspondence with senior-level stakeholders from across the Department of Defense to ensure accurate requirements for program development; form or support partnerships with industry and academia to advance the state-of-the-art in laser power scaling, to optimize the performance of the overall laser system.

Education or experience in the following areas is required: program management and electrical engineering or physics; demonstrated performance in high visibility, applied technology demonstrations, preferably programs related to the application of directed energy systems or components.  Additionally, experience or education in these areas is helpful and highly desired: Understanding of systems engineering techniques and methods utilized in multidisciplinary efforts, knowledge of cost, schedule and technical performance evaluation techniques, organizational and communications skills, as well as problem-solving ability.

This is a civilian position under the Laboratory Demonstration ("Lab Demo") pay plan, at the grade of DR-02 (roughly a GS-12/13 equivalent).  The salary range for a DR-02 is $76,204 to $119,660 which includes 16.68% Albuquerque locality pay. This position requires US citizenship and the ability to obtain/retain a Top Secret Security Clearance.  


For more information please contact Dr. Kevin Hewett at or (505) 853-2684, or Lt Col David Montminy at  or (505) 846-1189.  

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