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

Washington D.C.
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) is a national user facility regarded as the foremost neutron research center in the United States, serving over 2,000 research participants annually.

The NCNR is seeking a Physicist to develop and support the Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)/Ultra Small Angle Neutron Scattering (USANS) and Neutron Spin-Echo Spectrometer (NSE) programs through instrumentation development and scientific advances.

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
  • Occasional travel to conferences and to other research facilities may be required

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • 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 have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 (ZP-III at NIST) level. Specialized experience is defined as experience applying neutron scattering techniques, particularly Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS), Ultra Small Angle Neutron Scattering (USANS) and Neutron Spin-Echo Spectrometer (NSE) measurement methods, in order to measure the structure and dynamics of proteins and complex fluids.

    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:///

    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.

    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


    The incumbent of this position will:

    • Develop and support the Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)/Ultra Small Angle Neutron Scattering (USANS) and Neutron Spin-Echo Spectrometer (NSE) programs through instrumentation development and scientific advances.
    • Develop and manage a neutron scattering research program in the areas of colloidal physics, structure and dynamics in complex fluids and biological macromolecules, porous materials, and macromolecular and nanostructure characterization.
    • Carry out research in instrumentation and/or material science and analyze data gathered from experimentation.
    • Prepare visiting scientists prior to scheduled beam time.
    • Be available to users and accommodate requests enabling scientists to effectively utilize scheduled beam time.
    • Establish collaborations with new users including engaging new industrial users and educating them in the uses of neutron scattering techniques.
    • Produce publications and presentations of research results in a timely and effective manner.

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