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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Mass Spectrometry and Chemometrics for Forensic Science


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division

opportunity location
50.64.31.C0217 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Thomas P Forbes 301.975.2111
Edward Ryan Sisco 301-975-2093


This opportunity covers a range of research avenues focused on developing and increasing the use of chemometric techniques for the treatment of data relevant to forensic science disciplines. A need exists to gain a deeper understanding of instrument responses (i.e. mass spectral or spectroscopic data) obtained from samples such as street drugs, explosives, fire debris, trace evidence, or entomology in order to better classify and or differentiate questioned samples with known samples.  The advancement of chemometric methods is of interest to forensic examinations to address issues such as prediction of drug class of unknown substances, interpretation of ignitable liquid signatures, or prediction of trace explosives degradation signatures.  Development of chemometric techniques to address issues such as these will have wide ranging applicability not only to forensic science but also sectors such as homeland security, health care, environmental, and industry. Opportunities for collaboration with other NIST laboratories as well as local, state, and federal forensic laboratories 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.

key words
Forensic Science; Chemistry; Chemometrics; Statistics; Mass Spectrometry; Drugs; Chromatography; Explosives


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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