Technical and Mission Support (Science and Technology

Army Research Office - Engineering Sciences Division
Durham, North Carolina
Salary: Per Annum (Raleigh-Durham); locality dependent upon duty station of selectee.
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Sep 4, 2022

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DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

Army Research Office, Raleigh/Durham, NC


The Army Research Office (ARO), an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory is accepting applications for the Technical and Core Mission Support (scientific and engineering) positions.

DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory conducts foundational research in support of U.S. Army Modernization Strategy and is focused on disruptive science and technology for the long term; performing research to answer the hardest S&T questions for future Army capabilities. This research is based on eleven foundational research competencies: Biological and Biotechnology Sciences; Electromagnetic Spectrum Sciences; Energy Sciences, Humans in Complex Systems; Mechanical Sciences; Military Information Sciences; Network, Cyber, and Computational Sciences; Photonics, Electronics, and Quantum Sciences; Sciences of Extreme Materials; Terminal Effects; and Weapons Sciences.

We seek candidates across a wide breadth of scientific/engineering areas to support the ARO branch capabilities.  We have vacancies in four (4) areas; looking to fill one position for each of the following branch/competency focus area:

Mechanical Sciences - Knowledge preferred in areas such as: Establishing interdisciplinary scientific foundations through advances in theoretical mechanics, machine-enabled and conceptual design, non-classical mechanical systems and actuators, and energy conversion and power transfer mechanisms.

Electromagnetic Spectrum Sciences - Knowledge preferred in areas such as:  Exploiting unique physical phenomena in new materials including emerging quantum materials and their heterostructures to create novel electronic capabilities. Development, modeling, and characterization of RF sensor components, sensor concepts, new communication paradigms, and RF phenomenology.  Research related to new methods and concepts for RF emission and shielding, and EW support through integration of concepts, new hardware paradigms, and algorithm development.

Energy Sciences – Knowledge preferring in areas such as: Science of mechanical and electrical power generation, storage, conditioning, and distribution. Energy conversion.  Emerging concepts for lasers, directed energy (DE), and DE protection and propagation. Experience with battery or fuel cell science is highly desired.

Terminal Effects - Knowledge preferred in areas such as:  Understanding the mechanics and physics that affect human structure and function; fundamental understanding of human injury to high-intensity loading.  Structural and material response due to ballistic, blast, and highly energetic events.

-See the Broad Agency Announcement and Year in Review (web links

provided at the end of the document) for more details about the scientific investment focus and strategy for ARO.

-The Technical and Core Mission scientist/engineer (S&E) positions are an opportunity to impact the full range of the extramural research efforts.

-The Technical and Core Mission Support S&E positions help shape the research agenda for the Army and accelerate the advancement of revolutionary warfighter capabilities by enhancing the incorporation of the extramural scientific program into the Army research enterprise. The incumbents work alongside the ARO Branch program managers to develop, expand and facilitate the creation of new knowledge in support of the ARL Competencies to bring future Army capabilities into the realm of reality. As this new knowledge is created, incumbents will assist in the analysis and assessment of emerging scientific and engineering developments in the extramural research community and facilitate its operationalization by making connections between ARL personnel and  university and small business researchers. This job role further facilitates this operationalization by assisting with documenting and effectively communicating successes of the ARO Branch and relevant ARL Competencies across the Army  enterprise.


Salary: Per Annum (Raleigh-Durham); locality dependent upon duty station of selectee.

  • This is a federal civilian employment opportunity is open to U.S. citizens (to include current federal employees). An interdisciplinary position; open to series 0101 (Social Scientist), 0401 (Biologist), 0801 (General Engineering), 1301 (Physical Scientist), 520 (Mathematician), 1550 (Computer Scientist), and other technical series, if appropriate Must qualify for a Secret security clearance. This position requires the incumbent to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450) upon entry, and annually thereafter. Employees selected for this position will not be expected to relocate to perform the duties; telework and/or remote work will be considered for these positions.  Incumbent can expect scheduled official travel as mission requires (ARO funded TDY); consistent with DoD/DA and local travel policy/restrictions that may apply). There are no funded PCS entitlements or relocation incentive with this opportunity.


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in the series of the position (advanced degree preferred). Applicants must meet specific educational requirements for the position, as established by OPM (Office of Personnel Management). Education above the high school level must have been completed in a U.S. college, university, or other educational institution that has been accredited by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. PLEASE NOTE - FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

AREA OF CONSIDERATION (Specific to Current Federal Employees):

  • Position is open to current Permanent or Term employees in the Federal Government at the DB-03 or equivalent level (GS 12-14). This temporary employment opportunity is for a period of three (3) years in duration. The assignment may be renewed/extended at management’s discretion. If selected for the position, upon completion of the temporary reassignment, employees would return to a position similar to that of their position of record in the organization of record.


The Technical and Core Mission Support position serves as a key advisor and resource to a scientific ARO branch and will influence the course of scientific discovery on a national level and connect that to Army needs.

The incumbent will maintain awareness of scientific developments in the branch’s extramural research programs and communicate the branch and competency accomplishments to a variety of stakeholders. The incumbent will be instrumental in providing inputs for reviews, press releases, program updates, VIP presentations and other reporting activities.

The incumbent will facilitate connections by organizing and coordinating workshops and reviews for extramural research programs. The incumbent will engage US and international universities, assess relevance and facilitate connection to appropriate ARO personnel.

The incumbent will maintain awareness of financial and programmatic progress throughout the fiscal year. The incumbent will draft and evaluate Broad Area Announcements, budgeting documents and other programmatic documents.


Technical Competence

Ability to understand and digest a wide range of scientific information. The ARO branches are fairly broad, and the competencies are multidisciplinary, so the candidate will need to be able to learn quickly and will likely encounter topics outside the candidate’s area of expertise.

Ability to evaluate and assess large quantities of information and distill it to the most significant or important points.

Communication Skills

Comfortable writing and preparing presentations to a variety of audiences including scientific and non-technical people.

Adept at communicating and coordinating with remote and in-person coworkers. Able to keep relevant parties apprised of progress and on task.

Organization Skills

Able to stay organized and manage multiple deadlines while handling multiple communication streams such as email, phone, or via A365 MS Teams.

Comfortable with analytics and spreadsheets and able to understand program management both scientifically and financially. The candidate will not be managing a program but will need to be conversant in the principles of good program and financial management.

Able to assess a task, independently devise a plan of attack and execute efficiently even with sparse, general, or conflicting guidance.


Submit an application by CV or resume; cover letter is optional.

Resume or CV must include the following to be considered:

1) Full Name

2) Applicant’s contact information (email address and telephone number)

3) Organization/Current Employer

4) Current series, grade (current federal employee only)

5) Dates of employment (Month/Year-Month/Year) for each work experience

NOTE: work experience should specifically address the duties of the position

and/or the skills/demonstrated experience described in this notice.

6) Education (Degree Type; Major field/Discipline; institution, and year granted)

7) Brief statement addressing applicant’s qualifications and interest

8) Three references (name, position, and contact information)


Please submit your application to BOTH of the following addresses, NLT 6 September 2022,  -AND-

Please use this in the subject line of your email: “Application for Technical and

Core Mission Support Scientist/Engineer, Army Research Office ADD the branch/competency focus area that you are applying to.

POC is Wanda Wilson via e-mail at


We welcome applications from any sector, including academia, industry, and

government. 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. The Department of Defense is an

equal opportunity employer committed to engaging a highly qualified staff that reflects

the diversity of our Nation.



  • BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCMENT Can Be Found Here: Download 2021
  • ARO Year in Review:  
  • Video on ARO:






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