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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Scanning Probe Microscopy of Advanced Materials for Energy and Manufacturing


Material Measurement Laboratory, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

RO# Location
50.64.72.B8091 Boulder, CO

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


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Robert Keller 303.497.7651
Jason P Killgore 303.497.4729


In this opportunity, we develop novel scanning probe microscopy methods and instrumentation to characterize the properties of advanced material systems. These systems can range from model polymers used to validate new methods, to energy materials (e.g., cellulosic biomass), to materials used in advanced manufacturing (e.g., 3d printing). There is a strong focus on mechanical property characterization with dynamic atomic force microscopy methods; however, there is also interest in other relevant material properties.



Killgore, J. P., & DelRio, F. W. (2018). Contact resonance force microscopy for viscoelastic property measurements: from fundamentals to state-of-the-art applications. Macromolecules, 51(18), 6977-6996.

Ciesielski, P. N., Wagner, R., Bharadwaj, V. S., Killgore, J., Mittal, A., Beckham, G. T., ... & Crowley, M. F. (2019). Nanomechanics of cellulose deformation reveal molecular defects that facilitate natural deconstruction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(20), 9825-9830.

Fiedler-Higgins, C. I., Cox, L. M., DelRio, F. W., & Killgore, J. P. (2019). Monitoring Fast, Voxel-Scale Cure Kinetics via Sample-Coupled-Resonance Photorheology. Small Methods, 3(2), 1800275. 

Atomic force microscopy; Nanomechanics; Interfaces; Polymers; Thin films; Additive manufacturing; Renewable energy;


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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