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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Flammability and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Research


Engineering Laboratory, Fire Research Division

opportunity location
50.73.31.B7100 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Rick D. Davis 301.975.5901


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


The main projects in the group are:

Exposure of firefighter's to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from their gear (FFG):

Engineered Fire Safe Products:  Low Heat Release Rate Furniture:

key words
PFAS; Fire and materials testing; Fire and products testing; Polymer; Fire retardant technologies; Flammability; Fire; Fire Chemistry


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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