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Collaboration Opportunities

We hope you are as excited as we are about the direction of our research.  If you want to collaborate with us in these or related research areas, especially if you wish to inquire about available research positions with the project team, please consider contacting the EFSP Project Leader, Isaac.Leventon [at] (Isaac[dot]Leventon[at]NIST[dot]gov).  More details about collaboration opportunities (including open research positions, cooperative research agreements, and grant possibilities) can be found online

Current job openings are listed below; please click on the job title for more information. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate - NRC Research Associateship Program

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Fellowships Office has conducted the NRC Research Associateship Programs in cooperation with sponsoring federal laboratories and other research organizations since 1954. NRC Research Associateships are awarded to exceptionally talented postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers through a rigorous selection process. These selected individuals are granted tenure as guest researchers at participating laboratories, highlighting their outstanding contributions and potential in their respective fields.

General Information for Applicants: For Applicants | NRC Research Associateship Programs

Research Opportunity Description: RAP opportunity (

Fire Research Scientist (Postdoctoral Candidates) 

The researcher will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in the development, implementation, and leadership of a research plan to quantify fire growth rate, flame structure, condensed-phase response, and mass loss & heat release rate of combustible solids burning at the intermediate scale (emphasis on materials that deform; e.g., due to melt flow or charring/smoldering). 
  • Applying and advancing state-of-the-art techniques to quantify the mechanisms controlling material flammability; iterative development and implementation of analytical tools to process these results.
  • Development and execution of plans for transferring NIST research through meetings, workshops, and conferences; preparing and presenting measurement results (oral presentations and written reports).

Fire Research Engineer (BS/MS Candidates)

The researcher will be responsible for:

  • Construction, calibration, maintenance, and operation of experimental apparatus designed to quantify the physical and chemical mechanisms (and material properties) that control material flammability.
    • Example equipment include standardized test apparatus (e.g., thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, cone calorimetry, evolved gas analysis) and custom test apparatus that record and process signals from multiple measurement devices, interfaced through a data acquisition program such as LabVIEW.
  • Collecting and analyzing measurement data from fire tests conducted across various scales. 
  • Iterative development and implementation of analytical tools to process measurement data.
  • Ensuring that results (i.e., measurement data) meets project leader’s quality control specifications and is adequately categorized and archived for future consumption.


Created February 28, 2024, Updated March 19, 2024