DARPA Program Managers are entrusted with unparalleled freedom to design new technical initiatives with relevance to the needs of our warfighters, and serve as thought leaders among world-class researchers from academia, industry, and government. A successful Program Manager utilizes their exceptional imagination and proven expertise to create revolutionary ideas and breakthrough technologies.
Qualified individuals typically join as experienced professionals from academic labs, government R&D, or the corporate sector ready to immediately leverage their deep technical knowledge and professional networks to drive the creation of new programs. They work with R&D communities and stakeholders to establish the rigorous and aggressive program goals (including detailed technical milestones and other program activities) needed to manage a portfolio of sophisticated R&D projects.
Highly-qualified candidates should submit:
Please utilize the Heilmeier Questions to structure your submission; potential candidates should be familiar with DARPA’s current research thrusts across its technical offices to understand where your expertise may align with the Agency. DARPA will contact candidates of interest for an initial interview.
Program Manager applicants should email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions containing classified information will not be considered.
Program Manager positions are term-limited to ensure a constant infusion of fresh thinking and new perspectives.
As DARPA is part of the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. citizenship is required for employment. Selected candidates for all positions will be required to undergo a thorough background investigation.
The Heilmeier Questions provide future DARPA Program Managers with high-level guidance on what information should be included in their proposals, and equips prospective Program Managers to communicate what they hope to accomplish with their program.
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