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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Mass Spectrometry Metrology for Trace Detection and Chemical Imaging


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division

RO# Location
50.64.31.B8187 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Forbes, Thomas P 301.975.2111
Gillen, Greg 301.975.2190


This opportunity focuses on the trace chemical detection and/or chemical mapping of analytes from surfaces and complex matrices utilizing mass spectrometric techniques. Analytes of interest include, but are not limited to, explosives, narcotics, proteins/peptides, metabolites, biomolecules, pharmaceuticals, and inorganics (isotopic ratios, speciation). The project will focus on the design and development of front-end techniques, devices, and platforms with the potential to directly sample, or separate, analytes from complex matrices (e.g., dirt, salt water, sebum, sweat, saliva, cosmetics) for mass spectrometry detection. Research may also include development of microfluidic and MEMs electrophoretic, chromatographic, or other modality separations. We are seeking independent, motivated individuals with backgrounds across the physical, engineering, chemical, and materials science disciplines to contribute to our collaborative, interdisciplinary projects.


Mass spectrometry; Ambient ionization; Chemical imaging; Microscopy; Trace detection; Microfluidics; Separations; Analytical chemistry; Forensics;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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