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Research Opportunities available in the Molecular and BioPhotonics group

The following is a list of current employment opportunities available in the Molecular and BioPhotonics group. Please contact us for more information.

The Molecular and BioPhotonics group emphasizes interdisciplinary research in selected areas of molecular photonics, biophotonics, advanced spectroscopies, and optics. We are looking for enthusiastic postdocs to design and implement projects in several areas, including advanced spectroscopies and microscopies, remote sensing, imaging technologies, and associated theoretical models to solve important measurement science problems in environmental science and biophysics to support the needs of healthcare, biotechnology, and climate industries.

Present hot topics include:

  • Differential absorption LIDAR for remote sensing of greenhouse gases
  • Nanoscale near-field probes for novel microscopies and spectroscopies
  • Optical metrology of nano crystals to enable quantitative biophysics/quantitative molecular imaging for nanobiophotonics
  • Single molecule measurement and manipulation
  • Terahertz frequency-domain spectroscopy of molecules important in astrophysics and biophysics research
  • Vibrationally-resonant nonlinear optical studies of structure and dynamics of biomolecules (e.g., proteins) at biological interfaces.

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

NIST National Research Council Program

NIST's Postdoctoral Program is administered in cooperation with the 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.

There are two application cycles per year with deadlines of February 1 and August 1. For general and contact information, visit the NRC Research Associateship Programs web site for this program.

For specific NRC postdoctoral opportunities available with the Molecular and BioPhotonics group, visit here.

Graduate Research Opportunities

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship Program

NIST participates in the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) graduate fellowship program. The NSPC is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. Fellowships for graduate students pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. degree are awarded for up to six years including one or two paid summer internships at NIST. More information can be found on the NSPC webpage.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

An 11-week summer undergraduate research fellowship program provides hands-on research for undergraduates in conjunction with NIST researchers.

There is one application cycle per year. For information, visit the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program webpage.


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Created April 1, 2013, Updated October 18, 2023