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NIST Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program

NIST NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program

NIST's Postdoctoral Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. The postdoctoral program brings research scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform advanced research related to the NIST mission, introduces the latest university research results and techniques to NIST scientific programs, strengthens mutual communication with university researchers, shares NIST unique research facilities with the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, and provides a valuable mechanism for the transfer of research results from NIST to the scientific and engineering communities.

Detailed information on procedures and all necessary application materials and supporting documents are available from the NRC Research Associateship Program which also includes NIST-specific information on the program.

For the most current list of opportunities, please refer to the NRC website page for the NIST NRC Postdoctoral Research program.

To apply to be an adviser for this program, please complete the Research Adviser Nomination Form, which includes the proposed research opportunity, and return to Dr. Susan Heller-Zeisler at the International and Academic Affairs Office. Prior to submission, the adviser must have sign-off of their nomination form, and their research opportunity description from their NIST Division Chief. Following review of the information, the nomination form will be submitted by IAAO to NRC for consideration.

Note to ALL NIST NRC postdocs: A final report is required at the end of your postdoc tenure. Please fill out the NIST NRC Final Report form and return to Dr. Susan Heller-Zeisler of IAAO.


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Quick Facts:

  • The program provides for Federal excepted service appointments for outstanding scientists and engineers, of a maximum of 2 year duration.

  • Awardees must hold U.S. citizenship, and have held the Ph.D. less than five years at time of application

  • Awardees are chosen through a national competition administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

  • Research opportunities include those in chemistry, physics, materials science, mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering.

  • Current stipend is $67,588 per year.

  • There are two competitions per year, with application deadlines of February 1 and August 1.  Start dates for the positions are June through December and January to June, respectively

  • Please note that all male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System or hold an exemption

For additional information on this program, please contact Dr. Susan Heller-Zeisler.

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