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Why Work for EL?   

NIST's Engineering Laboratory (EL) is one of the Nation's primary federal laboratories serving the manufacturing, construction, and building industries, with a focus on high-leverage, high-impact measurements and standards efforts to foster U.S. manufacturing and construction industry innovation, productivity, and competitiveness, improve building and fire safety, and reduce the environmental impact of buildings and manufacturing activities.  EL provides exciting opportunities in areas of national impact, access to excellent research facilities and work environment, exposure to top notch peers and mentors, and competitive benefits.  

EL's strategic goals include cyberphysical systems; disaster-resilience buildings, infrastructure, and communities; advanced manufacturing; and sustainable and energy-efficient, manufacturing, materials, and infrastructure.  EL also has specific statutory responsibilities for fire prevention and control, earthquake hazards reduction, windstorm impact reduction, and building and fire safety investigations.  

EL carries out mission-related measurement science research in

  • Fire prevention and control
  • Earthquake hazards reduction
  • Windstorm impact reduction
  • Building materials and structures
  • Smart Grid
  • Systems integration and engineering,
  • Intelligent systems and control, robotics and automation,
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Economic analysis and life cycle assessment

We urge you to browse our website and view the list of current NIST Vacancies announced on USAJobs.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Upcoming Opportunities

Systems Integration Division Chief, NIST Engineering Laboratory, Gaithersburg, MD USA

Job Description:
The NIST Engineering Laboratory is seeking candidates for the position of Division Chief of the Systems Integration Division in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA.

The Systems Integration Division is a leading manufacturing systems research organization with approximately 48 staff and associates, an overall budget of approximately $10M, and a long history of research impact that has resulted in widely adopted information and data exchange standards to improve the interoperability, productivity, and sustainability of manufacturing systems.

The Systems Integration Division Chief provides technical and managerial leadership for measurement science research programs to develop test methods, standards, and infrastructural technologies for information-based manufacturing systems to improve U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

The position includes a full range of division management responsibilities, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Oversight and assessment of technical direction
  • External and internal stakeholder engagement
  • Budget planning and control
  • Development of new funding opportunities
  • Personnel management
  • Laboratory and office safety
  • Leadership and employee development, and
  • Division diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

The salary range for this position is $148,484 to $176,300. Exact compensation may vary based on skills and experience.

The position is eligible for Alternate Work Schedule and Telework flexibilities. Additional information on Federal benefits can be found at

For consideration, please send resumes to ELHQjobs [at] by January 16, 2023. In your submission cover letter/email, please let us know how you learned about this position. Please note that only U.S. citizens can be considered for this position, and that this position is not eligible for full-time remote work (relocation would be required from outside the area).

When a position is available, a vacancy announcement will be posted on

Job Requirements:
The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or physical sciences, plus at least one year of appropriate experience in conducting and managing complex interdisciplinary technical research in manufacturing systems.



  • Engineering Laboratory
    (301) 975-5900
    100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8600
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Created February 10, 2010, Updated December 5, 2022