NIST’s Engineering Lab (EL) Life Cycle Engineering Group has research opportunities in Life Cycle Engineering focusing on industrial digitalization for sustainable and resilient manufacturing. We are seeking to develop quantitative tools, methods, and standards-based reference implementations to support manufacturing practices using a product life cycle approach and systems thinking. As the group explores standards needs formaking a transition to Circular Economy practices, we will formulate methods for information, process, and material flows that can be better supported by standards and metrics. Recent trends in smart manufacturing technologies, including Manufacturing Digital Twins, will be leveraged to test their robustness and support demonstration of experimental metrics and approaches.Research areas of interest include
We seek highly qualified researchers at various levels along their career paths that have a background in engineering (mechanical, industrial, chemical, environmental engineering, or similar) or computer science with an interest in supporting research in smart and sustainable manufacturing in a Circular Economy. Given the computational requirements of this research, candidates should have strong skills in AI/ML methods, Python and other coding languages, and software/GUI development. Strong oral and written communication skills are also a must. Above all, we seek those with an eagerness to learn and perseverance to change the world. We are targeting knowledge and skills in these areas:
Interested parties can reach out to
Life Cycle Engineering Group Leader
kcm [at] nist.gov
We anticipate multiple vacancies for federal positions coming open and can consider a postdoc position. This opportunity will support professional growth in
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Our vision is to enable the next generation of innovative and competitive manufacturing through advances in measurement science. EL research projects aim to speed development, adoption, and integration of leading-edge intelligent technologies to advance U.S. manufacturing while making sure that new technologies are integrated in ways that address fundamental competitive factors including, productivity, agility, quality, and sustainability. Through research that stretches the limits of measurement science and pushes the envelope of current measurement and test capabilities, EL will:
Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing technologies are revolutionizing manufacturing practices globally. NIST is the U.S.government agency charged with helping manufacturers deploy these new technologies. EL performs the scientific research to ensure the technologies can be deployed in sound and reliable ways through standards and measurement techniques. Smart Manufacturing is one of EL’s top priority areas. Alternatively described as “Industry 4.0” or the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Smart Manufacturing refers to the increasing integration of cybersystems (e.g.,databases,software) and physical systems (e.g., machine tools, robots) in production. The result is the growth in capabilities to support automation of electronic commerce and supply chain integration—foundations which will be necessary to foster a Circular Economy.