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Science Director Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global International Science Program employs technically skilled scientists and engineers to enhance the international science and technology (S&T) engagement of the Navy and to increase the Navy´s awareness of global technology. The technical staff, known as science directors—typically scientists with doctorates working across government, academia and industry—work out of offices around the world to scout technologies for ONR and the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE).

A science director completes a two- to four-year tour in which he/she visits international S&T institutions to develop access and find cutting-edge science and technology, assesses international innovation in areas of naval interest, provides global technical assessment, follows trends in science and technology, and tracks technological development in specific geographical areas. The science director recommends innovative researchers to be awarded research grants.

Science directors serve as the international arm of ONR and NRE, helping to shape the Navy's international engagement strategy and establishing insight into research agendas of ONR, the Naval Research Laboratory and other NRE organizations.


U.S. citizens who meet the qualification requirements and all regulatory requirements listed in the vacancy announcement are eligible. This position requires the ability to live overseas and travel extensively. Generally, position announcements are posted on the ONR Global website in the early fall for openings the following year.

How to Apply

Vacancies are listed on a rotational basis or as needed. Please see the Employment Opportunities page under ONR Global for more information on how to apply.

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