Research Scientist

Gaithersburg, Maryland
$68,036 - $106,012 per year + US Government Benefits
Apr 23, 2018
May 22, 2018
Job Type
Full time

Research Scientist, Biomolecular Measurement Division, Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards & Technology

The Biomolecular Measurement Division in the Material Measurement Division at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) is seeking a Research Scientist to advance its research program in the production of state-of-the-art liposomes for delivery of genetic materials to biological cells.  Candidates should have experience at the graduate level in one or more of the following areas: (1) design, production and operation of microfluidic systems, (2) production, purification and analysis of liposomes and/or colloidal systems and/or (3) mammalian cell culture techniques. The research scientist will work in a NIST research laboratory to develop and advance NIST-developed techniques to synthesize, characterize, and implement liposomes for applications involving the delivery of therapeutic and/or genetic materials to biological cells and to assess the effect of these materials on the biological cells. 

The position is a full-time government employee with an initial appointment of 24 months and provides full civil-servant benefits including:

  • Family health, dental, vision and life insurance programs
  • 13 days paid sick leave and/or family leave per year
  • 13 days paid annual leave per year
  • Paid federal holidays
  • Government retirement benefits

NIST is the US government’s premier physical and chemical measurement laboratory and employs approximately 3,400 scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative staff; most of the scientific and engineering staff are PhD level.  NIST’s main campus is located on 578 acres of land in suburban Washington DC’s Montgomery County technology corridor, where many biotechnology, pharmaceutical, cybertechnology and government research centers are based.  The scientific culture at NIST is very relaxed and collaborative in nature and as such the research scientist will have access to experts and state-of-the-art equipment in virtually every physical and chemical discipline to enhance their professional development, while contributing to the advancement of cutting edge medicines and therapeutic materials.

Technical questions about the position should be directed to Wyatt Vreeland at

Interested candidates should apply through at vacancy announcement  on or before the vacancy closing date of May 22, 2018.  The identified candidate will be hired at ZP-III (GS-11/12 equivalent).  Depending on their background the candidate may be hired as a Biologist, ZP-0401, Grade III; Research Chemist, ZP-1320, Grade III; or Biomedical Engineer, ZP-0858, Grade III. The principal duties for this position are at the Gaithersburg, MD campus of NIST.  The salary range for this position is $68,036 to $106,012 per annum.  Candidates should have an advanced degree in biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering or related field.  Degrees and experience must be in accordance with OPM qualification standards ( and candidates must be U.S. citizens.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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