Division Chief for Quantum Physics Division (QPD), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The Physical Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) anticipates the need for a Division Chief for its Quantum Physics Division (QPD) (https://www.nist.gov/pml/quantum-physics). The Division Chief of QPD is responsible for delivery of division services, the overall management of the division, creating and supporting the research direction for the division, and interfacing with the University of Colorado Boulder with regards to the operation of JILA (https://jila.colorado.edu).   The position is within JILA on the campus of the University of Colorado, Boulder.  In addition, the Division Chiefs is expected to play an active role helping to set and execute the goals of the Physical Measurement Laboratory as part of it senior leadership team. The QPD has 9 permanent scientific staff and over 100 students, postdoctoral candidates, and contractors.  Its permanent scientific staff consist primarily of physicists with PhDs.   The division carries out a broad program of quantum research with a focus on underlying interactions of light and matter, the role of quantum physics in chemistry and biology, and the fundamental scientific questions around the limits of quantum measurements and technologies.   The latter research includes quantum information science, optical frequency standards, and precision measurements relevant to understanding the universe.

Interested candidates should have research, management, and leadership experience and a degree in physics or a related field.   Interested candidates must be a U.S. Citizen and should submit a (1) Curriculum Vitae or a Resume, (2) a list of potential references, and (3) a cover letter by February 28, 2020 to Zulma Lainez, 100 Bureau Drive MS 8400, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8400 or by email to zulma.lainez@nist.gov.  If you have technical questions concerning this position please contact Carl Williams, Deputy Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (carl.williams@nist.gov).

Whether submitting a Curriculum Vitae or a resume, the candidate must provide sufficient information to clearly articulate their leadership and management capabilities and experience, including personnel and financial management.  Evidence of scientific communication, advocacy, university/federal government administrative processes are strongly encouraged.   This additional information may be provided in the 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.

Depending on the identified candidates professional background they will be hired as a Supervisory Physicist, ZP-1310, Grade V or a related position (GS15 equivalent).  Applicants Curriculum Vitae or Resume must provide positive evidence that they have performed highly creative or outstanding research that has led or can lead to major advances in a specific area of research, to a major advance in the discipline or field of science involved, or to major advances in science in general, can be rated under this provision for highly demanding research positions requiring similar abilities or show at least 1 year equivalent at the GS-14 level.  The position when available will be posted at (http://www.usajobs.gov).  The minimum qualification and education standards per the OPM qualification standards for ZP-1310 require you to meet one of the following: 1. Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics or 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.