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Why Work for EL?    NIST's Engineering Laboratory (EL) is one of the Nation's primary federal laboratories serving the construction and building industries. 

EL's strategic priorities include advanced energy technologies, information and automation technologies to improve construction productivity, sustainable infrastructure materials, advanced manufacturing, systems integration and engineering, intelligent systems and control, robotics and automation, innovative fire protection, and disaster-resilient structures and communities, which includes work on hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires. 

EL has specific statutory responsibilities for fire prevention and control, earthquake hazards reduction, windstorm impact reduction, and building and fire safety investigations. 

EL provides exciting opportunities in areas of national impact, access to excellent research facilities and work environment, exposure to top notch peers and mentors, and competitive benefits.  

EL is actively recruiting at all levels in many key areas (e.g., Simulation & Analysis of Building Mechanical Equipment and Controls, Photovoltaic Module/System Measurement Science, Information Systems Integration, Characterization of Indoor Contaminant Exposure). 

We urge you to browse our website and we look forward to hearing from you! 

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Work/Life programs – NIST's commitment to offering a family-friendly work environment enables early career scientists and engineers to balance work and family. Both NIST Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO, offer onsite childcare, fitness centers, and health units. Flexible work schedules are also popular.

Federal Benefits – As part of the federal government, NIST is able to offer outstanding insurance benefits including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, the Thrift Savings Program (a portable tax deferred retirement savings account), flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, health savings accounts or health reimbursement arrangements, and a separate dental and vision insurance program.

Financial and Nonfinancial Incentives - NIST has many financial incentives available to entice and reward outstanding early career scientists and engineers, including cash and time off awards, promotions, recruitment and retention bonuses, tuition reimbursement, relocation expense reimbursement, and student loan repayment.



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Current Openings in EL

The Engineering Laboratory is looking for a highly motivated person to work as a professional researcher in areas related to the next generation of manufacturing technology—Smart Manufacturing.  Smart Manufacturing has the potential to fundamentally change how products are designed, manufactured, supplied, used, remanufactured and eventually retired.  The technology will enable rapid reconfiguration of manufacturing systems to respond to a variety of external conditions, including mass customization of products.  At the same time, the new systems put into place must be sustainable.  At NIST’s Engineering Laboratory you will stay on the cutting edge of this revolution by understanding emerging technology and developing technical approaches to its measurement and standardization.  

For further information Download the  Position Description (pdf)

Post Doc Opportunities

This program is equivalent to postdoctoral fellowships in universities and other organizations. Each applicant is responsible for formulating a specific plan of his or her choice on a problem which relates to EL current research. Awards are made for two years. EL works with the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in the coordination and selection of postdoctoral research associates. Additional information or a copy of the Research Opportunities Booklet or application material may be accessed through the International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO).

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Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8600
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