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Physicist/Nuclear Engineer

Overview: Air Force Reserve Physicists/Nuclear Engineers 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 or master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Engineering Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Astronomy and Astrophysics, or Physics
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve


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