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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Sensor Technology, Measurement Science, and Standards


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division

RO# Location
50.64.31.B8551 Gaithersburg, MD

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


name email phone
Thomas P Forbes 301.975.2111


This opportunity covers a wide range of research avenues for developing and advancing technology, measurement science, and standards for various sensors, wearables, microfluidics, and MEMS platforms. These platforms may target robust in situ trace detection of explosives and narcotics; biomolecules for medical diagnostics; inorganic environmental contaminants; or sweat salt content, blood pressure, temperature, or wound identification, among others. The advancement of sensor technology, measurement science, and standards is of interest to fields ranging from homeland security to health care to power generation. Sensing technology lies at the cross-roads of multiple recent trends, including flexible electronics, additive manufacturing, nanofabrication, and novel chemical sensing material development. Related projects will aim to develop the technologies, measurement science, and standards to advance understanding into the fundamental physics and chemistry of various sensing modalities. Opportunities for collaboration with various NIST laboratories and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST – NanoFab Facility) exist. We are seeking independent, motivated individuals with backgrounds across the physical, engineering, chemical, electrical, and materials science disciplines to contribute to our collaborative, interdisciplinary projects.

Sensors; Wearable electronics; Flexible electronics; Chemical detection; Microfluidics; MEMS; Diagnostics; Colorimetric detection; Electrochemical detection


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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