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ITL PostDocs

NIST's Postdoctoral Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. The postdoctoral program brings research scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform advanced research related to the NIST mission, introduces the latest university research results and techniques to NIST scientific programs, strengthens mutual communication with university researchers, shares NIST unique research facilities with the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, and provides a valuable mechanism for the transfer of research results from NIST to the scientific and engineering communities.

Technical specializations:

  • cryptography
  • combinatorial and discrete algorithms
  • cybersecurity
  • data science
  • dynamical systems
  • complex systems, network science
  • health information technology
  • applied optimization
  • special functions
  • quantum information science
  • stochastic modeling
  • applied mechanics
  • fluid dynamics
  • electromagnetics
  • materials modeling
  • computational physics and biology
  • parallel and distributed algorithms
  • data mining and visualization
  • software testing
  • uncertainty quantification for simulations

Quick Facts:

  • The program provides for Federal excepted service appointments for outstanding scientists and engineers, of a maximum of 2 year duration.
  • Awardees must hold U.S. citizenship, and have held the Ph.D. less than five years at time of application
  • Awardees are chosen through a national competition administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
  • Research opportunities include those in chemistry, physics, materials science, mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering.
  • Current stipend is $67,588 per year.
  • There are two competitions per year, with application deadlines of February 1 and August 1.  Start dates for the positions are June through December and January to June, respectively.
  • Please note that all male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System or hold an exemption

Created August 26, 2016, Updated March 23, 2018