Office of Human Resources Management
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is striving to be the world's leader in creating critical measurement solutions and promoting equitable standards. Our efforts stimulate innovation, foster industrial competitiveness, and improve the quality of life. Come join our team to work beside world renowned Scientists and Engineers, Nobel Prize Winners, and many other dedicated employees to advance measurement science, standards, and technology.
NIST offers employment to Federal employees at our sites in Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO, as well as to a large number of Associates (including foreign and domestic Guest Researchers). Here's a brief glimpse of what we can offer you:
Why Work at NIST?
Are you looking for a career in a world class organization? Are you a top performer? Do you want to work with some of the top minds in the world? Are you looking to make a difference and strive to make a positive impact? If you answered yes to these questions then a career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) might be right for you. It is the NIST mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Our Vision: NIST will be the world's leader in creating critical measurement solutions and promoting equitable standards. Our efforts stimulate innovation, foster industrial competitiveness, and improve the quality of life. Whether it is our beautiful campuses, pay for performance system, state of the art laboratories or the people who perform world class research, NIST is a great place to have a career.
The Department of Commerce (DOC) ranks second on the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for 2016 and NIST is ranked second in the subcomponents of DOC. With such high ratings, it is no wonder employees stay at NIST for a long time. Here are some testimonials from current employees as to why they love working at NIST.
Both Gaithersburg and Boulder campuses offer childcare services, employee counseling/assistance, mentoring, free parking, cafeterias, credit unions, fitness centers/gyms, health units, and employee associations.
There are also several intermural sports teams to join and meet your fellow NIST employees.
Applying for your NIST career
How to Apply
- All applicants must use an established account in the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) website (www.usajobs.gov). Instructions to establish an account are provided on the website.
- All applications and supporting documents for positions must be received through www.usajobs.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement to be considered for the position. Please be sure to allow adequate time to compete the application.
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application package which consists of the above items will result in your application not being considered.
For Executive Level Vacancies applicants must respond to the application questions which consist of providing 8 narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Failure to address the Executive Core and/or Professional/Technical Qualifications will result in your application not being considered.
For Student vacancies or jobs with positive education requirements you will need to provide a transcript that shows your cumulative GPA and the date you graduated if applicable. Students will also need to provide proof of current and/or future enrollment.
Do's and Don'ts of Applying for a NIST career
DO submit only the information and documentation requested in the Vacancy Announcement.
DO allow adequate time to complete your application as all applications and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement to be considered for this position
DON'T submit out-of-date and/or illegible copies of any documents.
For questions, applicants can call the contact listed on each vacancy announcement.
Certain individuals with physical or mental disabilities may be hired noncompetitively into excepted service positions. Certain requirements must be met and, once hired, these employees may be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service. Additional information concerning recruitment or employment of individuals with disabilities is available from the Civil Rights Office. For further information please look here.
Positions can also be filled with individuals eligible for a variety of noncompetitive appointing authorities including Veterans Readjustment Appointment (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, reinstatement of former federal employees with status, etc. For further information please look Special Hiring Authorities/Veterans page.
Office of Human Resources Management
100 Bureau Drive, M/S 1720
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1720