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Opportunities in the Materials and Structural Systems Division

The Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) serves as the world-class resource for developing and promoting the use of science-based tools – measurements, data, models, protocols, and reference standards – to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. industry through innovations in building materials and construction technology; and the safety, security, and sustainability of the nation's buildings and physical infrastructure.

MSSD carries out mission-related measurement science research in:

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

Geospatial Researcher  

NIST Engineering Laboratory, Gaithersburg, MD USA

Introduction:
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Engineering Laboratory is seeking interested parties for an upcoming Geospatial Researcher, ZP-0150-IV, position within the Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA. This will be a joint position within the NIST Community Resilience Program and the NIST Disaster and Failures Studies Program; both are within the MSSD.  

When the position is available, an official vacancy announcement will be posted on USAJOBS.gov

Job Description:
If selected, you will play a critical role in two cornerstone NIST research programs and help to tie together applied research programs in both: 

(1)        Community Resilience Program (CRP)

(2)      Disaster and Failures Studies (DFS) Program 

These vibrant and innovative research programs focus on providing communities with the science-based tools and measurement guidance they need to improve their resilience as part of NIST’s world-class research team.

Work will support bridging the research space between Community Resilience Planning and Disaster and Failures Studies by developing and using ArcGIS-based tools for data collection and data analysis, as well as other tools. There will be a focus on executing successful field studies by developing the tools and infrastructure that relate to understanding and documenting stages of resilience and recovery. 

The research includes working with internal and external partners to develop data collection best practices for complex post-disaster field studies using current technologies and tools, and conducting engineering and social science research that advances the metrology of disaster research. There is a focus on technical support of analyses and assessments of the built environment, developing and implementing guidance and tools for recovery and resiliency, engaging with stakeholders, and collaborating with other government agencies and organizations. Participation in field studies and technical investigations, including development and approval processes for field data collection instruments, supports activities in both programs. 

Key activities would include, but not be limited to:

  • Development of geospatial-based data collection tools.
  • Independently collect and validate data to characterize community performance and resilience
  • Formulate and conduct independent community planning and/or infrastructure research, including ArcGIS-based analysis.
  • Conduct independent research that advances the metrology of community resilience and disaster research or building performance.
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise to staff, particularly in the areas of GIS-based tools and analyses.
  • Formulate novel methodologies and models to characterize and evaluate the performance of communities and impacts of resilience actions on social, economic, physical and natural systems at the community scale for weather, climate, and other disaster shocks and stressors.
  • Collaborate with the NIST-sponsored Community Resilience Center of Excellence.
  • Participate in national and international collaborations, workshops, and seminars. 

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $117,962  to $181,200 per annum. 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 athttps://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/.

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). Relocation expenses may be considered.

Basic Requirements:
The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, physical science, or social science, plus at least one year (52 weeks) of appropriate experience in conducting and managing complex interdisciplinary technical research in relevant areas such as geospatial analysis, data collection and other analyses for infrastructure, communities, or field studies.

Submission of Interest: 
To express interest in the future job posting, please send resumes to MSSDjobs [at] nist.gov (MSSDjobs[at]nist[dot]gov) by Feb. 20, 2024. In your submission cover letter/email, please reference this position specifically and let us know how you learned about this position. 

The Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Materials Research Engineer

NIST Engineering Laboratory, Gaithersburg, MD USA

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Engineering Laboratory anticipates the need for an upcoming Materials Research Engineer, ZP-III position, 0806 Materials Engineering Job Series, for the Infrastructure Materials Group (IMG) in the Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA. 

When the position is available, an official vacancy announcement will be posted on USAJOBS.gov 

Job Description: 
The IMG serves as the world-class resource for developing and promoting the use of science-based tools – measurements, data, models, protocols, and reference standards – to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. industry through innovations in building materials and construction technology; and the safety, security, and sustainability of the nation's buildings and physical infrastructure, including adaptation efforts due to climate change.  NIST works with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of life. 

We are looking for a Materials Research Engineer to join our team! 

This position will play a critical role in building a vibrant and innovative research program focused on understanding the relative impact of building materials on the resilience of the built environment and developing tools, which are hardware and software-based, to evaluate the durability of these materials.  If selected, you will join NIST's world-class research team in Infrastructure Materials, and will be responsible for: 

  • Developing, conducting, and reporting on research in building materials, sustainability, and resilience as it relates to building codes and standards with the impact of climate change. 

  • Employing modeling methods to aggregate data, simulate physical phenomena, and identify trends in the context of material properties.  These modeling efforts will be validated whenever possible. 

  • Engaging with industry stakeholders and contributing technical expertise to the development of standards. 

Salary and Benefits: 
The salary range for this ZP-III position, 0806 Materials Engineering Job Series, is $82,764,665 - $128,956 per year. The appointment type is Term - 2 years.  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 https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/. 

Please note that only U.S. citizens can be considered for this position, and this position is not eligible for full-time remote work (relocation would be required from outside the area). Relocation expenses may be considered. 

Basic Requirements: 
This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (or another appropriate scientific field), or a combination of education and experience. 

Submission of Interest:  
To express interest in the future job posting, please submit a resume to MSSDJobs [at] nist.gov (MSSDJobs[at]nist[dot]gov) by March 15, 2024. In your submission cover letter/email, please reference this position specifically and let us know how you learned about this position. 

The Department of Commerce is an equal-opportunity employer.  

Created January 30, 2024, Updated February 22, 2024