Scientists and engineers play a central role in maintaining Air Force superiority in air, space, and cyberspace. We are working on the cutting edge of research and development in advanced Air Force laboratories and dedicated facilities around the country, developing, delivering, testing, and sustaining war-winning capabilities.
During your PALACE Acquire (PAQ) developmental training, you will work shoulder to shoulder with over 17,000 Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) Scientists & Engineers around the globe on challenging and rewarding projects, where you will make real contributions, gain invaluable real-world experience, as well as on-the-job training and mentoring from Civilian and Military Scientists and Engineers.
Successful completion of this recent graduate program may lead to a permanent position in science or engineering at AFCS.
Bachelor of Science graduates undergo a three-year development and training program, which includes one year of graduate studies relating to selected STEM disciplines. Full-time, paid graduate studies are undertaken with full salary and federal employee benefits.
Master of Science graduates undergo an accelerated, two-year developmental program, including full salary and federal employee benefits.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING FIELDS
Engineering | Psychology | Computer Science | Physical Sciences | Operations Research Analysis
QUALIFICATIONS & ELIGIBILITY
U.S. citizenship required
Recent graduate or student graduating during the current semester from an accredited college or university
BS, MS, or BS/MS in STEM-related fields
GPA 2.95 or above
Ability to obtain Security Clearance (funded by USAF)
FULL-TIME PALACE ACQUIRE (PAQ) PROGRAM
A formal 2-3 year training and career development track
Real-world projects and missions
Mentoring provided by senior Scientists and Engineers
Opportunities to lead projects
Placement into a permanent AFCS position as a Scientist or Engineer upon successful PAQ program completion
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN
Federal benefits to include: Pension Plan, 401k, Health & Life Insurance, Dental/Vision, plus others
Up to 100% of starting salary
Student Loan Repayment (Federal Loans)
Up to $30K for 3-year or $20K for 2-year program
Air Force funded Technical Master’s Degree
Full-time student while receiving full salary
Paid move to employment location if residence is 50+ miles away
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