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AFRL Regional Hub seeks two senior level (DR-04) interdisciplinary positions in AFRL/SB overseeing the AFRL Regional Hubs centered at Purdue University in West Lafayette IN and Cornell University in Ithaca NY.

The mission of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Small Business Office (AFRL/SB) is to increase the use of small businesses as a valued source of skills for innovative, cost-effective, customer-focused solutions to warfighter requirements and Air Force missions, both now and in the future. AFRL/SB encompasses the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, the AFRL Small Business Programs and the Air Force Technology Transfer and Transition Program (T3).

What is the AFRL Regional Research Hub Network?

A new science and technology ecosystem with universities, large and small businesses, other government agencies, and venture capitalists. AFRL will bring scientists and engineers (S&E) to connect with defense problem space areas enabling S&Es to engage and collaborate with these regional ecosystems. All partners in the ecosystem gain a better understanding of differing missions, requirements, and talent pipelines which ultimately facilitates enhanced solutions, more efficient supply chains, and smarter investments for the future.

How will this Network Operate?

Covers the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions with expansion to other regions possible in the future. Currently, Cooperative Agreements to Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) and Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) to serve as Regional Hub partners.

How will this Network Drive Science and Technology?

The hubs will leverage research, translation, and workforce development successes across the country integrating stakeholders to encourage S&T exchanges and drive innovation. These connections provide benefits to AFRL, the Department of the Air Force, and the Department of Defense. AFRL will gain access to new technologies and ideas through these collaborative endeavors to further accelerate and advance the translation of science and technology to both the warfighter and commercial markets.

Hirethon Opportunities

  • Collaboration Lead (AFRL Regional Hub centered at Purdue University)
  • Collaboration Lead (AFRL Regional Hub centered at Cornell University)

Key duties include, but are not limited to:

Serving as the AFRL director of operations for each of the two Hubs

  • Managing and optimizing the use of all Hub assets, in collaboration with the university team. This includes optimizing research activities to effectively leverage the regional ecosystem, managing and reporting financial performance, cooperatively establishing performance goals, ensuring research and scientific discovery align to the AFRL Regional Hub goals, advising the board of directors on organizational activities, overseeing, and streamlining daily operations, evaluating staff performance, and executing special business projects.
  • Providing leadership and mentorship to all government staff as well as assisting them in integrating with the broader Hub team and team members.

Expanding awareness of AFRL within the regional ecosystem and growing relationships with academia/industry/government partners/members

Required Qualifications:

  • United States Citizenship
  • A professional science or engineering (S&E) degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • This assignment will be for a minimum of 3 years, with an option for an additional 2 years

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding and experience in both government and non-government research environments

Business Leadership

  • Practical and educational background in business operations
  • Project and financial management experience
  • Understanding of and experience in working with a collaborative, diverse and innovative team environment
  • Experience with successfully leveraging a chaotic environment to yield great results
  • Ability to mentor and motivate diverse, inter-organizational teams
  • Post-graduate leadership training (e.g., Level III acquisition certifications, Air War College or equivalent)

Technical Leadership

  • Science, Engineering or technical degree
  • Program Management experience in science and technology areas
  • Demonstrate awareness of technology trends and gaps:
  • Department of Air Force (DAF) requirements/needs and DAF and Department of Defense (DoD) science and technology (S&T) programs
  • Commercial requirements/needs


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Public speaking experience
  • Knowledge of and application of marketing and advocacy

Salary Range: $131,646 - $171,140 annually


The application period for this opportunity is closed.

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