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Chief of the Radiation Physics Division

Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Up to $183,500 per year + benefits
Closing date
Nov 5, 2023

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Field of specialization
Nuclear / Radiochemical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

The Physical Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) anticipates the need for a Division Chief for its Radiation Physics Division (RPD) ( The RPD has approximately 40 permanent scientific and engineering staff and over 20 students, postdoctoral candidates, and contractors. The permanent technical staff consist primarily of chemists and physicists with PhDs. The division has a primary responsibility to maintain and advance world-class physical measurement capabilities for realizing and disseminating standards for radiation dose (the gray) and radioactivity (the becquerel).  The division additionally undertakes measurement science research and standards development to support medical imaging, radiation therapies, and diagnostics; radiation protection and environmental radioactivity measurement; and chemical/biological/radiation/nuclear/explosives countermeasures in homeland security.  The division also performs fundamental and applied neutron physics research including at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR).  The principal duties for the Division Chief are performed on the NIST Gaithersburg campus.

Interested candidates should have research and management experience and a degree in a physical science or engineering field in accordance with the OPM qualification standards ( Additionally, candidates must possess current knowledge of relevant Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations as they apply to the use and safety of radioactive materials and irradiators.  Interested candidates must be a U.S. Citizen and should submit a Curriculum Vitae or Resume and a list of potential references by November 15, 2023 to Amy Grafmuller at 100 Bureau Drive MS 8400, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8420 or by email to  If you have technical questions concerning this position please contact Gerald Fraser, Deputy Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory ( 

Whether submitting a Curriculum Vitae or resume, the candidate must provide sufficient information to clearly articulate their leadership and management capabilities and experience, including personnel and financial management and knowledge of Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations and guidance. This information may be provided in a separate cover letter.  Individuals should also include a list of publications and a list of talks and presentations covering at least the past 5 years showing research experience. The identified candidate will be hired at the ZP-V (GS-15 equivalent) level.

Depending on the professional background of the identified candidate, they will be hired as a Supervisory Physicist, ZP-1310, Grade V; Supervisory Chemist, ZP-1320, Grade V; Supervisory Physical Scientist, ZP-1301, Grade V; or Supervisory General Engineer, ZP-0801, Grade-V.  The applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or Resume must provide positive evidence that they have performed highly creative or outstanding research that has led to or can lead to major advances in a physical science or engineering discipline. Applicants must be able to show at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 level.  The position requires that the selected individual obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance. The position, when available, will be posted at USAJOBS (  The salary range for the position is $155,700-$183,500 per annum.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



The Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) 

develops and disseminates the national standards of:

  • length, mass, force and shock, acceleration,
  • time and frequency,
  • electricity, temperature, humidity,
  • pressure and vacuum,
  • liquid and gas flow, and
  • electromagnetic, optical, microwave, acoustic, ultrasonic, and ionizing radiation.

PML's activities range from fundamental measurement research through provision of measurement services, standards, and data. PML applies its measurement capabilities to problems of national significance through collaborations with:

  • industry,
  • universities,
  • professional and standards setting organizations,
  • and other agencies of government.

PML supports the research community in such areas as:  communication, defense, electronics, energy, environment, health, lighting, manufacturing, microelectronics, radiation, remote sensing, space, and transportation.

PML establishes spectroscopic methods and standards for infrared, visible, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma-ray radiation; investigates the structure and dynamics of atoms, molecules, and biomolecules; develops the electrical, thermal, dimensional, mechanical, and physical metrology for measuring the properties of precision measurement devices and exploratory semiconductor, quantum electronic, nanoelectronic, bioelectronic, biooptical, optoelectronic, and quantum information devices and systems; and examines the thermophysical and interfacial properties of streams of flowing fluids, fluid mixtures, and solids.

It develops and disseminates national standards by means of calibrations, measurement quality assurance, standard reference materials, technology transfer, education/training, and a comprehensive weights and measurement program to promote uniformity and accuracy at the international, federal, state, and local levels.

It generates, evaluates, and compiles atomic, molecular, optical, ionizing radiation, electronic, and electromagnetic data in response to national needs; measures and improves accuracy of the fundamental physical constants; and develops and operates major radiation sources for measurement science and metrology.

PML is participating in the American Physical Society - Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance.

Company info
100 Bureau Drive
MS 8400
United States

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