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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Increasing the Structural Reliability of our Infrastructure


Material Measurement Laboratory, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

opportunity location
50.64.72.B5930 Boulder, CO

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Andrew J. Slifka 303.497.3744


Join a team of scientists and engineers who are investigating the reliability of the structural materials that are used for machinery, buildings, and other components that underpin our nation’s infrastructure. We currently have research opportunities aimed at assessing behavior of structural materials, through mechanical testing, microstructural characterization, and nondestructive methods. We apply fracture mechanics and materials science principles to model the resulting data, furthering the understanding of the relationships surrounding structure, properties, and reliability. We test materials on size scales ranging from 10-9 m to 1+ m, and in harsh environments, including hydrogen gas, radiation, corrosives, as well as low and high temperatures.

We support some of society’s most critical and vulnerable reliability problems, including condition assessment of our nation’s infrastructure, development of methods for storage and transport of alternative fuels and development of critical data on radiation’s effects on structural materials. Our laboratory also maintains the nation’s energy scale for dynamic impact (Charpy) testing, which is critical to ensuring performance of structural steels.

Please visit our website at to learn more about our facilities and current research.


key words
Radiation; Metallurgy; Materials science; NDE; Modeling; Fracture; Fatigue; Corrosion; Mechanical testing;


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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