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Postdoctoral Students (NRC Postdocs)

Side view of Danielle Brager at a desk, looking at a monitor, hand on a computer mouse.
NIST NRC postdoc Danielle Brager's research concerns the mathematics of identifying a drug called fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that has proved deadly to many who have abused it.
Credit: R. Wilson/NIST

Want to start your career on the cutting edge of research? NIST’s postdocs research quantum science, study AI, explore the latest in environmental science, and more. 

NIST partners with the National Academies/National Research Council (NRC) on a competitive postdoctoral program. 

Upcoming deadlines:

The next application window is from December 1, 2023, to February 1, 2024. 



You must be a U.S. citizen and have held your Ph.D. in a science, technology engineering, or math discipline for less than five years at the time you submit your application. Men born after Dec. 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System or hold an exemption. Learn more about eligibility. 

What You’ll Get

A NIST postdoc research project will offer you an exciting research opportunity in chemistry, physics, materials science, math, computer science, or engineering. You’ll also get access to our world-class research facilities and mentorship from our staff. 

Postdocs are hired into excepted service positions, for up to two years. The current stipend is equivalent to GS-11 step 1 for the Washington, D.C., metro area

How to Apply

There are two application periods per year, with deadlines of Feb. 1 and Aug. 1. Prior to applying, identify and contact a prospective adviser and research opportunity. Learn more on the National Academies website or in our brochure

Stories from our Postdocs

Contact Us 

nistnrcpostdoc [at] (nistnrcpostdoc[at]nist[dot]gov)

Created June 26, 2009, Updated January 17, 2024