International Program Officer

Santiago, ChileAFOSR Int'l Science Division (AFRL/AFOSR/IO) seeks to hire two senior-level, DR-IV researchers as International Program Officers in Santiago, Chile. DR-04: $129,356 - $159,950

Job Overview

This job announcement will be accepting candidate submissions until 5 Dec 2023. 
Position duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as an International Program Officer (IPO) at the Southern Office of Aerospace Research and Development (SOARD), Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
  • Manages, leads, and transitions foreign basic research programs across the broad disciplines of material science, chemistry, biology, physics, space, and/or related scientific and engineering sub-disciplines.
  • Receives broad recognition as a top technical expert and engages with university professors and top research scientists as a technical equal to identify significant developments in Latin American (LATAM) research.
  • Visits R&D institutions, conducts technical assessments, and serves as a Laboratory Liaison officer for the International Science Division, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
  • Performs detailed analyses of projects, programs, or evolving trends across broad scientific disciplines.
  • Formulates and communicates a strategic approach to selecting, issuing, and managing small grants that progress DAF long-term objectives.
  • Establishes and implements top-level strategy, objectives, and performance measures for assigned projects.
  • Prioritizes work and assumes responsibility for funding needs and allocations.
  • Engages and maintains dialog with subject matter experts in AFRL Technology Directorates, matches gaps in basic science with research advances in the LATAM scientific community, and facilitates direct interactions of LATAM researchers to the U.S. science community.
  • Identifies and communicates significant LATAM developments of interest to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, United States Southern Command, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, and state department science and technology stakeholders.
  • Significant travel within LATAM and to the U.S. expected.
  • Works within the framework of agency policies, mission objectives, and time and funding limitations, with minimal oversight.
  • Promotes a culture where intellectual Property (IP) is developed, documented, protected, and encouraged. Inherent in the technical publication review process is a thorough screening for potential IP.
  • Scientific/engineering knowledge will be utilized to effectively assist in IP transfer, transition, or commercialization.
Interviews will be held mid-January 2024 
Projected EOD: 28 July 2024
Overseas tour length: 3-5 years
1 year probationary period
No locality pay
Sponsored housing provided
Office is located at US Embassy in Santiago, Chile  
Other job series may be considered dependent on DAF needs and experience


Yes, this position is eligible for telework opportunities; as determined by agency policy

Remote Work (CONUS)

No, this position is not approved for remote work.

Required Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • A Secret security clearance is required. Must be able to obtain/maintain clearance.
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations.
  • This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program.
  • This is an APDP position requiring Level/Tier 1 (Foundational) Non-Critical certification in Engineering & Technical Management (N). This position has been designated as an acquisition position and is covered by the Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP). The employee must meet or be capable of meeting Defense Acquisition Work Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements applicable to the duties of the position.

Desired Qualifications

  • PHD is highly desired.
  • Experience working with other AFRL Directorates.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain a professional environment of cooperation, cohesion, and teamwork.
  • Research experience.
  • Grant management and grant processing knowledge.
  • Has international experience (e.g., international science collaboration, internationally recognized researcher, worked with international researchers, and/or have lived overseas).
  • Able to handle international interaction and extensive travel.
  • Familiar with specific technical areas’ state-of-the art (be able to judge world-class research).
  • Familiar with DoD programming and budgeting processes.
  • Experience developing and maintaining close relationships with academia and other Government agencies for Basic Research.
  • Level 3 Spanish Proficiency (training may be provided).
(REQ. NO: 05716)