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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, physics, atomic/molecular physics, elementary particle physics, plastics and high-temperature physics or nuclear physics
  • 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