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Physicist or Engineer Position Anticipated (Fundamental Electrical Measurements Group)

The Fundamental Electrical Measurements (FEM) group in the Quantum Measurement Division (QMD), at NIST is responsible for providing the foundation of the nation’s infrastructure through measurement services in the general areas of resistance and impedance and related quantities. For FEM to continue to provide these essential services, the group needs to hire someone to assist with the following objectives:

  1. Calibration service: This includes standard resistor measurements, writing test reports, interacting with customers, internal resistance scaling, control charting and data analysis, maintaining measurement system infrastructure (hardware, software), development of systems for resistance measurement service and stakeholder needs, design and construction of measurement apparatus, development of software for instrumentation control.  Low current measurement development with ultra-low current amplifiers and resistance standards for support of low current applications such as ionization chambers, aerosol electrometers, and other low current sensors and devices.
  2. Support of graphene research: This includes knowledge of the physics and fabrication of 2D materials that provide traceability to the SI ohm.  Applying and developing measurement techniques to solve technical problems that enable the team to move forward in resistance standards dissemination from graphene and other 2D materials into an expanded parameter space.
  3. Strengthen link between the ohm and farad: This includes developing standards and measurement systems to shorten the path from impedance standards to quantized Hall resistance standards. This is a critical task, as it will improve the accuracy and precision of electrical measurements and enable new applications in areas such as quantum computing and electronics.

The person hired to do these tasks will need to have a strong background in electrical engineering and the physics of 2D materials, as well as experience in calibration and graphene research. They will also need to be able to work independently and as part of a team and be able to communicate effectively with customers and stakeholders.

The Fundamental Electrical Measurements group is a vital part of NIST’s mission to provide the nation with the highest quality measurement standards. By hiring someone to do these three tasks, the group will be able to continue to provide these essential services.

Interested candidates must be a U.S. Citizen and should contact David Newell, FEM Group Leader at David.newell [at] (David[dot]newell[at]nist[dot]gov) with a cover letter describing their interest in the potential position, a Curriculum Vitae or a Resume, and a list of potential references.

ZP-III, with promotion potential to ZP-IV.
Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Career Path and Pay Band/Grade ZP-III
Hiring Path fed-transition, public
ZP-III Salary $82,764.00 to $128,956.00 PA

The National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. When a position is available, a vacancy announcement will be posted on WWW.USAJOBS.GOV

Created February 29, 2024