The Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology comprises eight divisions and dozens of groups. In all of them, postdoctoral research opportunities abound.
PML sets the definitive U.S. standards for nearly every kind of measurement employed in commerce and research, and is a world leader in the science of measurement. PML relies on outstanding postdoctoral research associates to aid in those efforts.
Associates serve a two-year term, working directly with staff scientists in one of many fundamental measurement research and applied metrology programs at PML’s Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO facilities. The range of fields and topics is wide. PML applies its capabilities to problems of national significance, in fields such as communications, defense, electronics, energy, environment, health, lighting, manufacturing, microelectronics, radiation, remote sensing, space, and transportation.
Postdoctoral Research Associates come to PML through a variety of sources and programs listed below. For questions about these and other programs, send e-mail to
NRC Research Associateship Programs
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in cooperation with the National Research Council (NRC), offers
awards for postdoctoral research. The NRC, through its Associateship Programs office, conducts a national competition
to recommend outstanding scientists and engineers at the postdoctoral level for tenure as guest researchers at NIST.
The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) at NIST is designed to provide valuable laboratory experience
and financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Colorado at Boulder and from
the Colorado School of Mines at Golden, CO. The program is also available to postdoctoral researchers. The research is
normally carried out in NIST's laboratories.