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Job opening: Physical Scientist

Salary: $78 592 - 122 459 per year
Published at: Jan 03 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
NIST works with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of life. We're looking for a Physical Scientist to join our team! This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of candidates.


As a key member of the Forensic Foundations Program reporting to the Forensic Science Research Program Manager, the Research Scientist engages with internal and external stakeholders to enhance the understanding of scientific capabilities and limitations of forensic science methods and practices. Key responsibilities include: Assisting with the assessment of the current landscape of forensic methods and practices to establish priorities and assist team members to conduct foundation studies using publicly accessible data and information (including validation, interlaboratory studies, and proficiency tests); Assisting team members with setting strategic priorities for the forensic foundation studies program, identifying needs, helping to organize and conduct new foundation studies, and supporting and strengthening existing studies; Assisting with the building of roadmaps and action plans to implement future foundation studies; and Serving as a trusted team member and forward thinking contributor on forensic science related issues.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No


Basic Requirements: A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must also have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 (ZP-II at NIST) level. Specialized Experience is defined as: - proven experience with using forensic science methods and practice such as method validation, statistical analysis of data, measurement uncertainty, and forensic science standards and protocols. - coordinating and effectively communicating with various forensic science and legal stakeholders to ensure alignment and collaboration on project goals and objectives. OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree as defined in the basic requirements OR A combination of graduate education and specialized experience as defined in the additional requirements Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done. We will credit all qualifying volunteer experience in your application. The qualification requirements in this vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Applicant Reconsideration


This position has an education requirement. Transcripts must be submitted to validate that the education requirement has been met. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, an official copy will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

Education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that it is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the U.S. Click here to view a listing of accredited organizations from the Department of Education's website. A copy of the foreign education evaluation (containing the results with a course by course listing) is required with your application.


  • Address Special Programs Office 100 Bureau Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20899 US
  • Name: Tailor Thompson
  • Email: [email protected]


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