Physicist, ZP-1310-IV (GS-13/14 equivalent)

Washington D.C.
May 17, 2017
May 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Incumbent will establish and control a world class 193 nanometer optical microscope for semiconductor metrology.

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?

Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Attend conferences

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment

    A. Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics.


    B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    In either A or B above, the courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.

    In addition to the basic requirements applicants must also have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 (ZP-III at NIST) level. Specialized Experience is defined as
    experience in software for the modeling and design of complex optical systems (e.g. ZeMAX, Code V, etc.).
    Experience in the optical engineering of visible and deep ultra-wavelength bright-field optical microscopes.
    Experience designing and building complete operational 193 nm optical imaging systems with scatterfield illumination.
    Experience in designing DUV and visible optical imaging systems with Fourier control of both illumination and collection optical paths.
    Experience in software for the automation of complex experimental systems (e.g. LabVIEW, MATLAB, etc.)
    Experience in software for data analysis of 2-D images (e.g. MATLAB, Mathematica, etc.)
    Experience in the optical microscopy of semiconductor patterned defects and of line widths that are as small as or smaller than the wavelength of light used to observe them.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:///

    This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to the final offer of employment.

    Foreign education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:

    Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Your resume must be complete (i.e., include dates of experience, salary, work schedule, etc.), detailed and relevant to the position.

    Q - Nonsensitive

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