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Job Opportunities

Guest Researchers

The Foreign Guest Researcher Program offers scientists from around the world the opportunity to work collaboratively with NIST scientists.

Foreign guest researchers at NIST fall into three categories:

  • Those supported by their home institutions;
  • Researchers supported through bilateral programs or international organizations
  • Direct scientist-to-scientist collaboration or suppot
The Foreign Guest Researcher Program is managed by the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Once you have been accepted into a NIST research program, your laboratory host and OIA staff can assist during your stay at NIST.
Student Employment Opportunities
NIST has a few student programs from which ANTD would consider qualified candidates:

  • The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), which allows the full-time, part-time or intermittent appointment of students year round for a period not to exceed one year.
  • The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) is based on a cooperative educational (work/study) program, that requires 640 hours of work experience. NIST has co-op agreements with more than 90 colleges and universities.
  • The Student Volunteer Program provides students an opportunity to gain an educational experience in a variety of occupations and receive education credit as well. This assignment requires a formal agreement between the educational institution and NIST.

Each program cited accepts students from an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2 or 4 year or university, graduate, or professional school. For further information regarding the above programs please contact the NIST Human Resources Management Division, 301-975-3000.

Related Information: The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).

NIST Postdoctoral Research Associateships Program

The NIST/NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateships Program provides two-year temporary appointments for outstanding scientists and engineers chosen through a national competition administered by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. These appointments provide an opportunity for the Nation's best scientists, mathematicians and engineers to engage in state-of-the-art research in association with senior research specialists of the Institute's staff, using the excellent and often unique research facilities at NIST. Postdoctoral Research Program Flyer

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible to become an Associate?
A: U.S. citizenship is required for these appointments.

Research Associates at NIST are awarded only to persons who have held the doctorate less than five years at the time of application. The Defense Authorization Act of 1986, Section 1622, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he is required to register with the Selective Service System but has knowingly and willfully not registered.

Q: What type of an appointment does the Associate have?
A: A postdoctoral research associate is given a two-year term appointment and considered to be an employee of the U.S. Government.

Q: What is the salary and what benefits are associated with the appointment?
A: For the 1999 program year, the annual base salary for a NIST Associate is $50,000. The base salary is subject to federal and state income taxes and Social Security deductions.

Sick leave and annual leave are accrued at the rate of 13 days per year, and retirement, health, and life insurance benefits are included. Costs of relocation and transportation of household effects within the United States to the duty station only, within allowances prescribed by law, will be paid.

The sponsoring division for each NIST Associate is provided an annual allocation of $5,500 that is earmarked to help support professional travel, scientific books, incidental research equipment, and other appropriate expenses relating to the research and professional activity of an Associate.

The Postdoctoral Research Associateships Program is administered jointly by NIST and the National Research Council. The application deadline is January 15th of each year. Approximately 40 new awards are made annually. For further information or a copy of the Research Opportunities Booklet or application material, please contact:
Ms. Janice H. Campbell, Secretary, at 301-975-3076 or Dr. Jack J. Hsia, Chief of Academic Affairs, at 301-975-3067. Detailed information on procedures and all necessary application materials and supporting documents are available from:
National Research Council
Research Associateship Programs - TJ2114
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418
Telephone: 202-334-2760

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