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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Flammability and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Research

Location

Engineering Laboratory, Fire Research Division

RO# Location
50.73.31.B7100 Gaithersburg, MD

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

Advisers

name email phone
Rick D. Davis rick.davis@nist.gov 301.975.5901

Description

Leader of the Flammability Reduction Group in NIST’s Fire Research Division is looking for reserchers intertested in conducting research aimed at reducing the fire hazard of and exposure of potentially harmful chemicals used in products and materials found in buidling contents and construction, fire fighter gear, and a wide variety of other commerical and residential applications.

 

Examples include:

Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-Fire Fighter Gear Research

·      determining the risk of firefighter’s being exposed to PFAS form their gear and occuptational environments 

·      complex, multi-scale solid state and aerosol testing and analysis

·      a wide range of flexibility - applied bench- and full-scale fire testing, analysis (liquid and/or gas chromatograph-mass spectroscopy

 

Fire Research

1.    developing, using, and deploying multiscale fire testing and computational tools to reduce the fire hazard of building content and construction materials

2.    developing and evaluating novel characterization and analytical tools to understand fire retardant mechanisms

3.    developing and evaluating novel fire and flame retardant technologies

 

More information about the fire research group https://www.nist.gov/el/fire-research-division-73300/flammability-reduction-73304

 

The main projects in the group are:

Exposure of firefighter's to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from their gear (FFG): https://www.nist.gov/programs-projects/measurement-science-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas

Engineered Fire Safe Products: https://www.nist.gov/programs-projects/engineered-fire-safe-product  Low Heat Release Rate Furniture: https://www.nist.gov/programs-projects/low-heat-release-upholstered-furniture

Keywords:
PFAS; Fire and materials testing; Fire and products testing; Polymer; Fire retardant technologies; Flammability; Fire; Fire Chemistry

Eligibility

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

Stipend

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