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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.orgSee additional information on Working With NIST.
Opportunities to Collaborate with ANTD
See our page of Current Specific Opportunities in ANTD:
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.
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.
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.
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.