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Chemist/Nuclear Chemist

Overview: Air Force Reserve Chemists/Nuclear Chemists conduct or manage programs, projects and activities to perform research/operational assessments, and to support highly technical operations and intelligence. Research includes defining a problem, selecting methods of approach, performing experiments, accumulating and interpreting data and publishing results.

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks: 

  • Conducts and manages research. Plans research projects, determines theoretical aspects of problem and selects methods of approach. Conducts and manages experiments and tests.
  • Develops new concepts, methods, and techniques to solve scientific and operational problems
  • Recommends research and development projects, and acceptance or non-acceptance of research products
  • Manages scientific programs, projects and activities


  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, biochemistry, molecular biochemistry, chemistry, nuclear chemistry, physical chemistry, molecular biology, materials science or the following engineering specialties; ceramic, materials, ploymer/plastics, biochemical, biomedical, metallurigical, petroleum or biological/biosystems
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve
  • Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the eight-week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required