Job Openings

The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. We provide high quality, responsive, engineering and environmental research and development support to the Army and the Nation. As part of the US Army Corps of Engineers team, ERDC develops innovative science and technology solutions to support warfighting, infrastructure, environmental, water resources, and disaster operations. It consists of seven laboratories at four geographical sites in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Champaign, Illinois; Hanover, New Hampshire; and Alexandria, Virginia. ERDC employs more than 2000 engineers and scientists.

Engineer Research and Development Center Direct Hire Authority

Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) is an appointing (hiring) authority that gives a Federal agency the ability to fill vacancies when a critical hiring need or severe shortage of candidates exists without regard to sections of title 5 United States Code (U.S.C.).  Some of the ways that DHA expedites the hiring process is by eliminating the need to post job announcements on USAJOBS, the application of veterans’ preference (non-Veterans and Veterans are considered equally in hiring), and removes the rating and ranking process of the candidates.  ERDC is looking for engineers and scientists who want to tackle tough problems. We are currently accepting DHA applications for candidates with advanced degrees for engineering and scientist positions in the following job families:

Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare Family  

Biological Sciences Family

Engineering and Architecture Family  

Physical Sciences  

Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics  


Interested DHA candidates should send their resume and unofficial transcripts to:

Or mail resumes and unofficial transcripts to:

USACE, Engineer Research and Development Center
Attn: Direct Hire Authority
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Bldg 3000
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199

Candidates must meet minimum qualification standards as described in OPM’s Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, all degrees required for qualification must be from an accredited college or university and in a field of study directly related to the position, unless otherwise specified, for which applying. Candidate must also meet any selective placement factor identified for the position being filled. Salary is set commensurate with selectee’s background, experience and market considerations.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.


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