The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) is seeking highly-motivated new graduates for part-time graduate assistant positions at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Dayton, Ohio. Upon completion of the graduate degree program, participants will be offered full-time employment at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
AFNWC delivers the nuclear capabilities that warfighters use every day to deter and assure. To accomplish this mission and execute the modernization of Air Force nuclear systems, AFNWC needs a highly-technical, multi-disciplinary workforce that understands the complex political, acquisition, and technical environment for nuclear deterrence operations.
AFIT provides unique defense-focused, research-enabled, multi-disciplinary advanced academic education that enables the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force to innovatively accomplish their deterrence and warfighting missions. AFIT’s Nuclear Expertise for Advancing Technologies (NEAT) Center, within the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, provides strong technical expertise to develop the workforce required for current and future nuclear modernization and deterrence operations. Through coursework, research, teaching, and targeted professional development, NEAT graduate assistants will gain nuclear enterprise acculturation.
AFNWC/NM, the Minuteman III Sustainment Directorate, is seeking students interested in pursuing study in nuclear weapons-related fields such as metallic, composite, and polymer material development, composite repair on reentry vehicles, effects of electromagnetic interference on flight vehicles, and the effects of corrosion on sustainability of systems. Other opportunities may be available in the fields of 2D and 3D carbon-carbon material development, reentry dynamics including boundary layer transition, missile propulsion studies, and missile fuzing technologies.
AFNWC/NX, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) Program Office, is seeking students interested in pursuing nuclear weapons-related study in fields such as radiation transport, reentry weather and plasma environments, and nuclear effects on materials and microelectronics. Other opportunities may be available in the fields of reentry vehicle heat shield design, reentry boundary layer transition, missile propulsion studies, missile guidance technologies, Scientific Test and Analytical Techniques (STAT), operations research, and cost estimation.
After this 18-month, funded graduate program in Dayton, the participant will be assigned to a permanent, full-time Air Force civilian (i.e., non-military) position in either the Minuteman III Sustainment Directorate or the GBSD Program Office at Hill Air Force Base, which is located between Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens. New hires must be eligible to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.
This is an incredible opportunity for a funded graduate program and salary to perform advanced research and help modernize Air Force capabilities. Apply now!
April – May 2021: Sponsoring AFNWC organization and AFIT finalize candidate selections.
July – August 2021: Specific types of research, program of study for each selected candidate are finalized.
September 2021: Selectee is hired as a part-time AFIT research assistant, and begins orientation classes.
October 2021: AFIT fall quarter classes begin, and student works part-time as a graduate assistant.
Summer 2022: Student participates in a paid, two-week “internship” at Hill Air Force Base, Utah to meet the team.
March 2023: Student graduates and moves to Utah (permanent relocation costs are paid) to begin a full-time position with extensive employee benefits and planned career promotions.
If you have specific questions about this program or other positions at the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, please email firstname.lastname@example.org