Students enrolled full-time in a two-year or four-year degree program at an accredited U.S. academic institution seeking an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. In the PREP program, undergraduate students are restricted to a maximum of 10 hours of work per week during the academic year, but are permitted to work full time during summer. Undergraduate students are eligible to collaborate with NIST as PREP researchers for five (5) years in this category. PREP researchers in the undergraduate student category may request one (1) additional year of eligibility under extenuating circumstances. The extension is subject to approval by NIST and the recipient and must show compelling evidence for requesting the eligibility.


Note that PREP cooperative agreements are awarded for a maximum of five (5) years. Though certain PREP researcher categories may have an eligibility of five (5) years or beyond, individual PREP researcher appointments cannot exceed the period of performance of the governing cooperative agreement. If a subsequent cooperative agreement is established with a given PREP recipient, the PREP recipient may request to extend a PREP researcher’s appointment, up to the maximum eligibility for a given category.

Students enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. academic institution seeking a master’s degree or doctoral degree. In the PREP program, graduate students are restricted to a maximum of 20 hours of work per week during the academic year, but are permitted to work full time during summer. PREP researchers in the graduate student category are eligible for three (3) years as master’s degree seeking students and six (6) years as doctoral degree students. PREP researchers in the graduate student category may request one (1) additional year of eligibility under extenuating circumstances. The extension is subject to approval by NIST and the recipient and must show compelling evidence for requesting the eligibility.


Note that PREP cooperative agreements are awarded for a maximum of five (5) years. Though certain PREP researcher categories may have an eligibility of five (5) years or beyond, individual PREP researcher appointments cannot exceed the period of performance of the governing cooperative agreement. If a subsequent cooperative agreement is established with a given PREP recipient, the PREP recipient may request to extend a PREP researcher’s appointment, up to the maximum eligibility for a given category.

An individual holding a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. academic institution who is engaged in temporary mentored research and/or scholarly training to acquire the skills necessary to pursue a career path of their choice. Additionally, these individuals are not allowed to enroll in a degree seeking program at any university/college in the United States or abroad during their time participating in this category. Bachelor’s degree holders or master’s degree holders are eligible to collaborate as PREP researchers for three (3) and five (5) years, respectively.


Note that PREP cooperative agreements are awarded for a maximum of five (5) years. Though certain PREP researcher categories may have an eligibility of five (5) years or beyond, individual PREP researcher appointments cannot exceed the period of performance of the governing cooperative agreement. If a subsequent cooperative agreement is established with a given PREP recipient, the PREP recipient may request to extend a PREP researcher’s appointment, up to the maximum eligibility for a given category.

An individual holding a doctoral degree for five (5) years or less who is engaged in temporary mentored research and/or scholarly training to acquire the skills necessary to pursue a career path of their choice. Post-doctoral fellows are eligible to collaborate as PREP researchers for five (5) years in this category.


Note that PREP cooperative agreements are awarded for a maximum of five (5) years. Though certain PREP researcher categories may have an eligibility of five (5) years or beyond, individual PREP researcher appointments cannot exceed the period of performance of the governing cooperative agreement. If a subsequent cooperative agreement is established with a given PREP recipient, the PREP recipient may request to extend a PREP researcher’s appointment, up to the maximum eligibility for a given category.

An individual holding a doctoral degree for more than five (5) years. PREP researchers participating as senior research fellows are eligible to collaborate with NIST on research projects for five (5) years in this category.


Note that PREP cooperative agreements are awarded for a maximum of five (5) years. Though certain PREP researcher categories may have an eligibility of five (5) years or beyond, individual PREP researcher appointments cannot exceed the period of performance of the governing cooperative agreement. If a subsequent cooperative agreement is established with a given PREP recipient, the PREP recipient may request to extend a PREP researcher’s appointment, up to the maximum eligibility for a given category.

Individuals holding appointments at academic institutions. These appointments include, but are not limited to, the following designations: faculty, research faculty, adjunct faculty, research associates, instructors, and lecturers. There is not a term limitation for this category.


Note that PREP cooperative agreements are awarded for a maximum of five (5) years. Though certain PREP researcher categories may have an eligibility of five (5) years or beyond, individual PREP researcher appointments cannot exceed the period of performance of the governing cooperative agreement. If a subsequent cooperative agreement is established with a given PREP recipient, the PREP recipient may request to extend a PREP researcher’s appointment, up to the maximum eligibility for a given category.

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Postdoctoral Researcher (PREP0001717)

The NIST Statistical Engineering Division seeks a researcher with a broad interest in statistical metrology to work on a variety of problems with NIST scientists, engineers, statisticians and other technical staff.

Hybrid Post-Doctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Researcher (PREP0001718)

The NIST Statistical Engineering Division seeks a researcher with a broad interest in statistical metrology to work on a variety of problems with NIST scientists, engineers, statisticians and other technical staff.

Hybrid Post-Doctoral Fellow

Research Associate (PREP0001270)

The Applied Economics Office (AEO), a part of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at NIST, seeks a software developer to join its team in developing a new online software service for economic analysis.

Hybrid Bachelor's or Master's Degree

Research Associate (PREP0001642)

The Biosystems and Biomaterials Division at NIST is seeking to hire a laboratory automation scientist or engineer. The person hired for this position will help to lead the development of automation-based methods to create a measurement infrastructure for engineering biology.

Graduate On-site (NIST Gaithersburg)

Research Associate (PREP0001690)

A Research Associate is sought to assist in a study analyzing firefighters' exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) associated with their gear. Work will primarily be in a chemistry/material science research laboratory setting.

On-site (NIST Gaithersburg) Bachelor's or Master's Degree

Senior Researcher (PREP0001716)

The NIST Statistical Engineering Division seeks a researcher with a broad interest in statistical metrology to work on a variety of problems with NIST scientists, engineers, statisticians and other technical staff.

Hybrid Senior Research Fellow

Undergraduate Researcher (PREP0001691)

NIST’s Image Group seeks an Undergraduate Researcher to aid in conducting studies to evaluate the facial recognition ability of people in the general population and among face expert groups (e.g., forensic facial examiners).

Hybrid Undergraduate

Postdoctoral Researcher (PREP0001688)

A PREP Researcher associate is sought to conduct laboratory accelerating weathering exposure experiments on various polymer systems using the commercially viable version of NIST SPHERE (Simulated Photodegradation via High Energy Radiant Exposure) device and develop validation protocols to confirm the 0.5 m (6-port) SPHERE performance against the current 2m SPHERE.

On-site (NIST Gaithersburg) Post-Doctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Researcher (PREP0001734)

A Postdoctoral Researcher is sought to assist in a project that requires the development of novel electronic measurements to identify and quantify biologically relevant markers using sensors assembled with DNA.

On-site (NIST Gaithersburg) Post-Doctoral Fellow

Research Associate (PREP0001334)

A Research Associate is sought to implement reinforcement learning (RL) agents and environments for completing robot-based manufacturing tasks.

On-site (NIST Gaithersburg) Bachelor's or Master's Degree