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Complex Dynamics and Systems Program Manager

Army Research Office
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
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The Mechanical Sciences Branch of the Army Research Office (ARO) in Research Triangle Park, NC, is actively looking to fill the position of Complex Dynamics and Systems Program Manager to lead an innovative, high pay-off, basic research program in Complex Dynamics and Systems. The ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with educational training and/or experience in conducting research in areas primarily related to understanding the non-equilibrium thermodynamics of dynamical systems, embodied learning (especially as it pertains to distributed control and sensing), emergent behavior, smart metamaterials, and information thermodynamics. Candidates with educational training/experience across a broad range of dynamics and control experience will be considered. Program management experience is desired but not essential. The duties of this position involve identification and cultivation of new scientific opportunities for basic research investments in the area of complex dynamics and systems, formulation of research programs based on these identified opportunities, management of the program primarily through grants/contracts to the extramural research community (e.g. universities), coordination with other funding agencies’ managers, and transition of that knowledge to the Army. The research breakthroughs derived from the program as a result of incumbent’s efforts will ultimately lead to the development of critical new future technologies and capabilities to empower future U.S. Army Soldiers. The program manager will be expected to maintain on-going awareness of recent developments in the field of dynamical systems, conduct workshops and studies to identify new emerging opportunities for future investments, and promote close relationships and partnerships between the Army and scientific, educational, and research institutions to address Army science needs and knowledge gaps.




*This is a federal civilian employment opportunity open to U.S. citizens.
This is a full time position, appointed for an initial term of 6 years (with potential for renewal).


* Grade and Salary: DB-03/04 (GS 12/15 equivalent; as determined by education and experience).                                                                           
* Salary range:
$80,522- $172,500.

* This position requires the incumbent to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.

* Must qualify for a Secret security clearance.

* A probationary/trial period is required.

* Duties of the position require some travel.                  
* Open to series 0801 (General Engineering).
Minimum qualifications are based on federal qualification standards for GS 12 through 15 (0801 General Engineer job series) available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/general-engineering-series-0801/

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http//www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Potential candidates will be invited to interview either virtually or to the Research Triangle Park (depending upon prevailing travel restrictions due to COVID-19) to deliver a scientific seminar and appear for a panel interview. 




Please send your resume and any supporting documentation to:                



Use this in the subject line of your application:

PROGRAM MANAGER, Complex Dynamics & Systems


Submit an application by CV or resume; cover letter is optional.

Resume or CV must include the following to be considered:

1) Full Name

2) Applicant’s contact information (email address and telephone number)

3) Organization/Current Employer

4) Current series, grade (if current federal employee)

5) Dates of employment (Month/Year-Month/Year) for each work experience

     NOTE: work experience should specifically address the duties of the position and/or the skills/demonstrated experience described in this notice.

6) Education (Degree Type; Major field/Discipline; institution, and year granted)
7) Brief statement addressing applicant’s qualifications and interest

8) Three references





We welcome applications from any sector, including academia, industry, and government. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. The Department of Defense is an equal opportunity employer committed to engaging a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our Nation.  


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ARO In Review 2019:https://www.arl.army.mil/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AROinReview2019_webversion.pdf


Point of Contact is Wanda Wilson, ARO Administrative Officer at (919) 549-4296, or at wanda.e.wilson.civ@mail.mil


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