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ANTD Opportunities for Collaboration:

(See ANTD Current Opportunities for technical details of current opportunities)

The Advanced Network Technologies Division works as a partner with the information technology industry and academia  to improve the performance, scalability, robustness, manageability, security, and interoperability of emerging network technologies and networked systems.  Our research focus on the development and application of advanced measurement science and test methodologies to improve the design, specification and standardization of emerging network technologies, and to expedite their commercial development and use to address issues of national importance. 

ANTD maintains, or has access to, state of the art facilities for network research, including: significant technology and domain specific testbeds, network emulation (e.g., 100+ node Emulab), simulation and network data analysis infrastructures (e.g., 150 processor, 300T byte cluster for Internet data analysis), and access to Internet2 other other external research networks.

Our work is by definition open and public facing and relies on a wide variety of collaborations with industry, academics, other Government agencies, and domain experts.  ANTD actively contributes to numerous network research, standards, and operations forums, including:
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), North American Network Operators Forum (NANOG), and IEEE and ISO standards bodies. Numerous opportunities exist for students and faculty to come to NIST and participate directly in our programs, and we are always seeking capable and motivated individuals to join our staff.   

The sections below outline many different ways to become involved in our programs.  Our page of ANTD current opportunities provides further details on our current interests and openings.   If you are interested in working with us, or have questions about these opportunities, please contact us at: antd-opportunity@nist.gov

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Opportunities to Collaborate with ANTD 

  • Organizational Opportunities
    • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
    • Research and Development Contracts
  • NIST Funding Opportunities
    • Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Programs

    • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program
  • Individual Opportunities
    • Careers
    • Postdoctoral Research Associates
    • Guest Researcher Programs
    • Student Opportunities



Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)

Typically, CRADAs cover joint research efforts in which both ANTD and the cooperating company provide staff, equipment, facilities, and/or funds, in any number of possible combinations, for a project of mutual interest. When companies conduct joint research with ANTD under a CRADA, NIST can protect confidential or proprietary information exchanged during the project, keep research results confidential, and provide exclusive rights for intellectual property developed during the course of the project. Each CRADA is negotiated separately between ANTD/NIST and prospective partners. Most CRADAs take 2-3 months to implement. Copies of a model NIST CRADA agreement are available from the NIST Technology Partnerships Division.

Research and Development Contracts

Research and Development Contracts are used when external organizations contract with ANTD researchers to receive specific technical services or results uniquely available at ANTD. Typically such efforts are closely aligned to existing ANTD programs and areas of work.  The cooperating organization funds the ANTD effort on a cost-reimbursable basis.  The Reimbursable Agreements Coordination Office (RACO) coordinates the procedural aspects of establishing such contracts and provides guidance to both Federal and non-Federal sponsors. Preparation of contracts for such agreements typically take about 3 months. 


Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Programs

The MSE grants program to enable grants that support NIST's mission with research in many fields and disciplines. ANTD supported grants from this program typically align with one or more of its existing programmatic areas. Potential applicants are encouraged to explore ANTD's ongoing efforts before submitting proposals to this program.   This link will take you to the Full Announcement of this federal funding opportunity. To see a summary of the program, click on this link to the Grants.gov Synopsis.  

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

The SBIR program solicits research and development proposals from small businesses that respond to specific subtopics described in the annual solicitation.  ANTD often has topics included in the SBIR program.



Careers with ANTD/NIST

Approximately 3,000 staff and another 3,000 associates choose to work at NIST laboratories on beautiful campuses located in Gaithersburg, Maryland or Boulder, Colorado.  To see more about the careers, compensation, benefits, family friendly work-life programs, and learn "Why Work at NIST", visit our Office or Human Resources site.

ANTD is always interested in inquiries from candidates with strong technical backgrounds in the core competencies necessary for our research:  advanced test and measurement science, modeling and analysis of networks and distributed systems, design and analysis of protocols, rapid prototyping and empirical analysis of network technologies, formal methods to assure the safety and robustness of networked systems, scalable simulation and emulation techniques, and advanced software and hardware development techniques.

Entry level candidates with backgrounds in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, etc, and strong interest in expanding those skills in technical areas such as above, are also encourages to inquire. 


Guest Researcher Agreements 

Typically, Guest Researcher Agreements are used when industrial, foreign, academic, or other researchers wish to join an ongoing ANTD program. The researcher gains access to ANTD research staff and facilities and, in return, results from the collaboration are made publicly available.  Once ANTD agrees to host a guest researcher, implementation of such agreements requires at least 3 months.

Domestic Guest Researchers.

The Domestic Guest Researcher (DGR) Program provides access for technically qualified U.S. citizens to NIST facilities and equipment while working with ANTD staff on projects of mutual interest. Research results are available to the public, because the DGR Agreement does not provide for confidentiality of research results. If confidentiality of cooperative research results are desired a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) may be appropriate.

Foreign Guest Researchers

The Foreign Guest Researcher Program offers scientists from around the world the opportunity to work collaboratively with scientists in the NIST laboratories participating in projects of common interest with ANTD. Foreign guest researcher agreements are generally for a minimum of 1 year and cannot exceed 5 years in length.  Participants in this program can either be senior researchers (e.g., visiting faculty, post-docs) with their own research objectives, or recent graduates seeking to contribute to an ongoing ANTD project.

NIST has a large and active community of foreign guest researchers.  Potentially interested applicants are encouraged to interact with current and past members of that community to learn about the experience. See: http://www.guestresearcher.org, or https://www.facebook.com/groups/nist.gra/ for details.

NIST foreign guest researchers come to the US under the J1 Exchange Visitor visa.  NIST typically provides a stipend (financial support) to guest researchers who do not have sufficient direct support from their home organization. For more information on the NIST foreign guest researcher program, contact the Office of International Affairs.

Visiting Scholars from Universities

Visiting scholars have opportunities to contribute to advancing the state of network measurement science through assignments ranging from a few months to periods of several years. Research is tailored for each participant; they have specific project tasks that directly benefit their university research and make substantive contributions to ANTD's objectives. Researchers with the education and experience to make these contributions may be paid by their parent organizations and/or by a ANTD/NIST grant.

Government Researchers 

Researchers from other federal agencies or state and local governments are also welcome to join ANTD staff in joint research projects. The technical content of the individual's work assignment is defined through direct discussion between representatives of the sponsoring organization and ANTD.  These researchers remain employees of their sponsoring organizations.  The terms and procedures for such temporary tours of duty at NIST are negotiated and established on a case by case basis.


Postdoctoral Research Associates

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 ANTD current research. Awards are made for two years. ANTD 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).

Students (Graduate, Co-Op, and Summer)

NIST employs students and recent graduates of all ages and backgrounds through the Pathways Program.  The Pathways Program offers clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.

Student Employment

The Pathways Program consists of three components: the Internship Program, the Recent Graduate Program and the Presidential Management Fellow Program. For more information about each of these programs, please click on one of the links below.

NIST also offers non-paid, volunteer opportunities for students to gain work experience and exposure to scientific, engineering, and administrative fields. For more information about NIST's Student Volunteer Programs, please click on one of the links below.

SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

NIST offers a 11-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF). The SURF program is designed to provide hands-on research experience for those in the science, engineering, technology,and math disciplines.  SURF students are provided a stipend ($5,500 in 2014), housing and transportation allowance and participate in a structured 11 week program consisting of a research project mentored by NIST staff, and a series of lectures, lab visits and social events designed to provide a broad overview of NIST and its research programs.  Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major, have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Often the SURF experience positions students well to pursue MSE grants during their graduate studies.  For further information on the requirements, application procedure, and examples of recent SURF projects, see the ITL SURF program.  ANTD typically hosts several SURF students each summer.

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