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Technology Transfer Specialist


The FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) is the nation's premier air transportation system R&D laboratory. Diakon Solutions supports outreach, partnership, and research coordination activities at WJHTC to advance FAA’s technology transfer and private partner engagement strategy.


The candidate will be responsible for assisting FAA’s Technology Transfer Program in the development of strategies to transfer and utilize existing aviation knowledge, innovations, or capabilities to fulfill other public and private economic needs. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assist in developing strategies, including short and long-range plans, to advance the laboratories agenda in areas of technology transfer and private engagement
  • Assist in identifying, enabling, and pursuing viable opportunities and sustainable partnership models; leveraging relevant business acumen and knowledge of FAA requirements
  • Increase awareness and participation in technology transfer by non-federal partners by conducting outreach activities including trade meetings, social media, targeted marketing, and conference attendance
  • Assist in preparing documentation for FAA researchers and Program Managers on how to accomplish legislative and departmental Technology Transfer and conduct outreach activities to inform and educate the FAA R&D community


The candidate must have relevant experience in promoting the extension of FAA laboratory resources (people, equipment, facilities) to partnership and license agreements with industry, academia, and other government agencies. The candidate must have insight into aviation market trends particularly related to safety, efficiency, or environmental impact. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


Full benefits including 7 weeks paid leave, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K.


John Daniels, john.daniels@diakonsolutions.com, (609) 432-2085

Position: FAA R&D Portfolio NARP Analyst


Duties: Research portfolio development and management duties may include:  

  • Support the establishment, development and management of an integrated R&D portfolio that provides a holistic view of both technical and financial portfolios within the organization purview.

  • Support the development of aviation research initiatives including technical, programmatic, and engineering studies as well as information exchange, dissemination, and documentation.

  • Provide technical expertise for defining and implementing FAA processes for R&D planning/execution including prioritization, internal/external outreach, and reporting.

  • Develop and maintain processes and guidance to effectively integrate research planning, development, execution, monitoring, tracking, and reporting of the research portfolios at organizational, programmatic, and budge-line levels.

  • Assist in program reviews, project evaluations, outcome assessments, and continuing improvements for the research portfolio.

  • Support development of repository systems, such as a data management system for R&D automation and reporting. The system will provide a single source to collect, aggregate, store, analyze, and report on FAA programmatic data and project level-information.

  • Provide technical support in development of the annual National Aviation Research Plan (NARP) and/or associated/relevant documents.

  • Assist and provide support the reporting of various portfolio metrics, as well as associated narratives, to other organizations in the FAA and the DOT.

  • Support the FAA’s R&D management function including developing the annual R&D Budget and Portfolio Guidance Document; the National Aviation Research Plan (NARP); the President’s Budget Submission narratives; the Annual Review (AR); and related activities.

  • Write and/or edit portions of the Annual Modal Research Plan (AMRP) in accordance with the guidelines and templates provided by DOT. Work to generate the annual R&D Spend Plan submission to DOT. This product requires close coordination with LOBs and researchers to ensure that each of the R&D projects is effectively communicated in terms of budgetary requirements, alignment to DOT strategic goals, and other pertinent information requested in the guidance document.

  • Adapt engineering and scientific language provided by the researchers into language for a general audience while maintaining the core intent and outcomes of the research.

  • Provide for planning, coordinating, and preparing the publication of the R&D Annual Review and coordinate with the NARP team during the planning and preparation of the review and support overall production.

  • Work with the Research Executive Board (REB) and the Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) as part of the FAA R&D portfolio planning process.

 Qualifications: (Some qualifications may be waived or substituted by experience and/or degree)

  • Degree Requirement: At minimum, a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Math, or Physics from an accredited college or university.

  • At least a Bachelor of Science degree with fifteen (15) years of relevant experience OR a Master of Science degree with ten (10) years of relevant experience OR a Doctorate (PhD, ScD, Eng.D) in Science with five (5) years of relevant experience. All degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Relevant experience is experience directly reflecting the work, task or project being evaluated. The nature of the activities, analyses and work products must be very similar or identical to those of the intended project.

  • Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.

  • Ability to collect information from various stakeholders and organize that information into a cogent and logical format.

  • Ability to apply Federal legislation, FAA policies, orders, requirements and other laws and regulations to advance potential opportunities in technology transfer and private partnerships and has familiarity with DOT research repositories (e.g. Research Hub, Research in Progress [RiP], ROSA-P).

  • Proficiency at technical and general writing (e.g. program reviews, Strategic Plans, Annual Reports such as the National Aviation Research Plan, Budget Narratives).

  • Ability to give oral presentations/briefings.

  • Ability to work in a web based or Knowledge Sharing Network (KSN) environment for efficiency, configuration management, and collaboration with partners. Use automated processes as much as possible within this environment.

Salary: $160k - $184k commensurate with experience, degree(s), etc.


Type of Position: Full-time, permanent career position with growth potential.


Full Benefits: medical, dental, vision, 401(k) retirement, seven weeks of paid leave to start, disability, workers compensation, unlimited PTO rollover, PTO cash-out,  and gym membership or other flexible benefits to suit your needs.

Contact: John Daniels, john.daniels@diakonsolutions.com, (609) 432-2085



The FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) is the nation's premier air transportation system R&D laboratory. Diakon Solutions provides Operation and Maintenance (O&M) support at WJHTC for the Full-Scale Aircraft Structural Test Evaluation and Research (FASTER) Facility and the Structures and Materials Laboratory (SML).


The candidate will be responsible for assisting other engineers and technicians in all aspects of the complex daily operation and maintenance of FAA’s FASTER Facility and Structures and Materials Laboratory. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Maintenance of fixture hardware including hydraulic and pneumatics systems and associated components including: servo-valves, actuators, pressure and displacement transducers and load cells.

  • Test setup and panel preparation including Digital Image Correlation (DIC) surface preparation and calibration, and application of strain gages, piezoelectric sensors, thermal couples, and panel-to-fixture interfaces (e.g. seals, doublers, splice plates, shims, etc).

  • Modifications to test fixtures, apparatus’, and specimens. Create and modify parts using sheet metal tools, machine shop tools, and hand tools.

  • Support test execution and operation of all laboratory equipment including data acquisition. Perform non-destructive inspections (NDI) on composite and metallic test specimens.


The candidate must have relevant experience in sheet metal work, metallic and composite repairs, composite material component fabrication, or working in a laboratory environment preparing and conducting mechanical material characterization tests including full-scale components. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Operation of test controller and data acquisition equipment.

  • Installation, calibration and maintenance of measurement devices including load cells, strain gages, pressure transducers and DIC.

  • Operation of NDI methods to detect and record damage formation.

 Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Candidates with the following experience are preferred:

  • Operation of material handling equipment including overhead cranes and forklifts.

  • Valid and current FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license.


Full benefits including 7 weeks paid leave, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K.


$45,000 - $50,000


John Daniels, john.daniels@diakonsolutions.com, (609) 432-2085



Updated September 19, 2022