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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.


Engineering | Psychology | Computer Science | Physical Sciences | Operations Research Analysis


  • 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)


  • 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


  • Federal benefits to include: Pension Plan, 401k, Health & Life Insurance, Dental/Vision, plus others

  • Recruitment Bonus

    • 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

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. More information on COVID-19 requirements may be found at: .