Early-Career Researchers: Make an Impact with DARPA’s New Innovation Fellowship

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced its Innovation Fellowship to recruit early career scientists and engineers to serve two-year positions at DARPA. Through the program, fellows will manage a research portfolio in collaboration with DARPA program managers and build relationships with DARPA performers in academia, industry, and nonprofits. Fellows will be part of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO), whose research spans topic areas relevant to plant biologists, and have opportunities to collaborate across the agency. The DSO “identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforms them into important, new game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.”

These salaried positions will be based at DARPA in Arlington, Virginia. Applicants must be within five years of completing their doctorate or active-duty military with STEM degrees and must be U.S. citizens. DARPA may consider applicants with bachelors or masters degrees in STEM fields on a limited basis.

To apply for the Innovation Fellowship, submit a cover letter, including personal background information and interests, and a resume to fellowship@darpa.mil. There is no official deadline for the inaugural fellows class. DARPA expects the program to start in January 2023 with additional classes starting every six months.

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