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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

Science Historian


Air Force Office of Scientific Research

opportunity location
13.60.01.C0635 Arlington, VA 22203


name email phone
Leslie M Blaha 412.268.4156
William P. Roach 703.696.7302


We are looking for motivated researchers to help develop, track, catalog, and publish the dynamic history of the impact made by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research since its inception in 1951. This will include the examination of development of basic science and engineering investments and their impacts to the Department of the Air Force up to and including the present day. Incumbents will be required to employ historical, textual, and social scientific methods, as well as data analytics, to explore the genesis and evolution of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s basic science and engineering investments. The incumbent will analyze the growth of the Department of the Air Force’s basic research strategy as part of the historical record leading to and including the present execution strategy. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research engages in a full range of basic science and engineering investments: mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, physiology and behavioral science, the psychological sciences, and the engineering sciences to name a few. 


Rhodes, Richard. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Touchstone, 1995.

Toulmin, Stephen. “From Form to Function: Philosophy and History of Science in the 1950s and Now”. Daedalus, Vol. 106, No. 3, pp. 143-162.

Christie, J.R.R., Hodge, M.J.S., Cantor, G.N., Cantor, G.N., & Olby, R.C. (Eds.). (1990). Companion to the History of Modern Science (1st ed.). Routledge.

key words
History of Science; Philosophy of Science; the working scientist; sciences’ impact on modern militaries.


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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