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ANTD Current Opportunities:

Current opportunities at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the Advanced Network Technologies Division (ANTD) at its Gaithersburg MD campus. Please see the ANTD Collaborations page for general descriptions of the detailed requirements and terms of these positions.

To learn more, or discuss applying for any of the opportunities below, please contact  For potential guest research positions, please include your CV and a brief statement of your interests in one or more of the topics below.

Types of Positions / Opportunities:

  • Summer Under Graduate Research Fellowships (SURF) - Applications for the SURF program are typically due in January - February.   In 2014 stipends for the 11 week program were $5,500 and included housing and travel allotments (as needed).  See SURF Program site for details and to watch for SURF 2015 application announcements.   Topics areas and desirable skills / interests for SURF projects will be similar to those described below.  SURF projects of course, will be scoped to match the experience level of the participants and the time frame (11 weeks) of the program. Often the SURF experience positions students well to pursue MSE grants in their graduate careers.  
  • Domestic / Foreign Guest Research Positions - Several guest researcher appointments ranging from 1 to 5 years with, with stipends from $3,600 to $4,200 per month (for those without support from their home organization) are available.  Availability beginning by or before January 2015 preferred.  
  • NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - Open to U.S. Citizens, there are two application deadlines per year February 1 and August 1.  ANTD topics in current NIST NRC solicitation include:
  • Full Time Staff Positions - Open to U.S. citizens, specific current vacancies will be posted on the USAJobs site (search in location 20899).  We are always interested in being contacted by outstanding candidates with interests or experience in the topics areas described below.  Contact to start the conversation about your career at NIST/ANTD.
  • Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grants  - The call for proposals typically goes out early in the calendar year with short (~2 month) submission deadline.  See the ANTD Collaborations page for details and example of previous calls. We will updated this entry when the CFP is published.

  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants - The list of specific SBIR topics and call for proposals typically goes out early in the calendar year with short (~2 month) submission deadline.  See the ANTD Collaborations page for details and example of previous calls.  We will update this entry when the next CFP is published.

Topic Areas / Expertise of Interest:

  • Robust Inter-Domain Routing Project - Seeks researchers / students with  interests in global Internet routing security and robustness, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), measurement monitoring and analysis of global BGP behavior,  BGP security and performance issues, and next generation routing architectures. Specific desirable experience: IETF RPKI / BGPSEC specifications, analysis of Routeviews / RIPE RIS data, software development on open source router platforms (Quagga, BIRD, etc), protocol development in C, use of cryptographic libraries, cryptographic acceleration.  
  • High-Assurance Domains Project - Seeks researchers / students with  interests in Domain Name System (DNS) technologies,  DNSSec security protocols, IETF DANE technologies to leverage the DNS as a key discovery and management infrastructure, use of DANE and other DNSSEC enabled technologies, X.509/PKIX certificate technologies, TLS / SSL implementation, and SMIME / PGP email security protocols.  Specific desirable experience: python and java development of network protocols, web development with AJAX, browser extension/plugin technologies, or email user agent development.  
  • Network Anomaly Detection / Traffic Modeling / Synthetic Traffic Generation Project - Seeks researchers / students with  interests in: network anomaly detection, network intrusion detection, synthetic traffic generation, statistical modeling of network traffic, machine learning, test and instrumentation of NAD/NID systems. Specific desirable experience: SiLK traffic analysis tools, NAD/NID design and development, multi-dimensional statistical analysis of Internet scale network traffic. 
  • Network Function Virtualization / Software Defined Networking Project - Seeks researchers / students with  interests in: network virtualization, network service function chaining, software defined networks, technologies and techniques to address robustness safety and security of virtualized network services,  novel applications of NFV/SDN to domains such as network security and intrusion detection,  support of machine to machine communications, support of advanced mobility and cloud computing. Specific desirable experience: development with open source SDN/NFV platforms such as OpenDayLight and Openflow, simulation and emulation modeling environments for SDN / NFV technologies. 
  • Measurement Science of Complex Networks Project - Seeks  researchers / students with interests in: research and development of techniques to measure, predict and control macroscopic / emergent behavior in complex information systems, modeling and analysis techniques to characterize Internet scale networks and distributed systems,  use of genetic algorithms to search for rare events, and runtime techniques to predict phase transitions in system behavior. Specific desirable experience: simulation modeling with SLX, statistical experiment design and data analysis techniques for large scale systems, network measurement and monitoring technologies. 
  • Advanced DDoS Mitigation Techniques Project- Seeks guest researchers / students with interests in: new techniques and systems to detect and mitigate large scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, tractable means to prevent the exchange of spoofed data and control traffic, techniques to address DDoS attacks in virtualized network and computing architectures, and techniques to measure and monitor the effectiveness of DDoS mitigation techniques.  Specific desirable experience: measurement and analysis of IP spoofing mechanisms at Internet scales. 
  • Networked Cyber-Physical Systems – Seeking research / students with interests in: networked control systems, simulation and design techniques for co-simulation / co-design of cyber and physical components, metrics and techniques for prediction, validation and understanding of the properties of NCPS, and the application of emerging network technologies (e.g., software defined networking, cloud architectures, network virtualization) to NCPS.  Specific desirable experience: simulation/emulation of NCPS, NCPS testbed development, Internet of Things technologies, and NCPS application domains including:smart manufacturing, intelligent transportation, and critical infrastructure protection.
  • Next Generation Internet Architectures - Seeks  researchers / students with interests in next generation network architectures, including: fundamentally new approaches to content delivery, service architectures, management and control,  security and privacy, disruption tolerant networking, and handling of mobility. Particular interest in measurement and modeling techniques that enable quantitative comparisons between significant NGIA proposals emerging from the academic research community. Specific desirable experience: simulation / emulation modeling of Information Centric Networking architectures, CCNx and other prototype ICN systems.