Postdoctoral Researcher (PREP0001953)

The Sensor Science Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking for several highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to aid the multi-year development of next-generation integrated photonics-based quantum-SI temperature sensors and primary standards on-a-chip. At NIST, you will gain research experience and measurement skills that are highly valuable for a career in academia, industry, or a national laboratory. Different vehicles for employment and salary levels are available depending on the specific opening and the candidate’s experience.

The work will entail...

Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • design, nanofabrication & characterization of integrated photonic devices
  • development of new photonic readout methods
  • laser spectroscopy and frequency locking to nanophotonic systems
  • optical frequency metrology for nanophotonic applications
  • Work on cutting-edge nanophotonics science and technology projects
  • Play an active role in defining new research directions and programs
  • Publish in prestigious scientific journals and present at technical conferences
  • Be a member of a multidisciplinary collaborative team of scientists
  • Work at the state-of-the-art NIST NanoFab cleanroom facility (


  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in natural sciences, engineering, or related fields
  • Innovative thinking, ability to conduct research both independently, and collaboratively
  • Hands-on experimental skills, and desire to develop new research skills
  • Prior hands-on experience in one (or more) of the following areas:

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