Materials and Structural Systems Division Chief

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Closing date
Dec 7, 2023

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Materials and Structural Systems Division Chief – NIST Engineering Laboratory, Gaithersburg, MD USA

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Engineering Laboratory is seeking candidates for an upcoming Division Chief position for the Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA.

When the position is available, an official vacancy announcement will be posted on This announcement is also posted on the NIST Engineering Laboratory website at:

Job Description:
The MSSD serves as the world-class resource for developing and promoting the use of science-based tools – measurements, data, models, protocols, and reference standards – to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. industry through innovations in building materials and construction technology; and the safety, security, and sustainability of the nation's buildings and physical infrastructure. The MSSD mission is carried out and supported by 60-75 federal staff, a varying number of associates and students, and an overall annual Congressionally-appropriated budget of approximately $25M.

The MSSD Division Chief provides technical and managerial leadership for the following research programs:

This position also currently oversees the Disaster and Failure Studies Program, which includes leading and coordinating the following programs enacted by statute:

However, these statutory responsibilities may be relocated to the Engineering Laboratory Headquarters Office in the future, pending administrative approval.

The position includes a full range of division management responsibilities, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Oversight and assessment of technical direction
  • External and internal stakeholder engagement
  • Budget planning and control
  • Development of new funding opportunities
  • Personnel management and succession planning
  • Safety management for laboratories, offices, and field studies
  • Leadership and employee development, and
  • Division diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $155,700 to $183,500 per annum. Exact compensation may vary based on skills and experience.

The position is eligible for Alternate Work Schedule and Telework flexibilities. Additional information on Federal benefits can be found at

Please note that only U.S. citizens can be considered for this position, and that this position is not eligible for full-time remote work (relocation would be required from outside the area). Relocation expenses may be considered.

Basic Requirements:
The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, physical science, or social science, in addition to at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience in managerial leadership and oversight of technical research programs in relevant areas such as structural systems, materials, and/or community resilience.

Submission of Interest:
For consideration, please send a resume to by December 7, 2023. In your submission cover letter/email, please let us know how you learned about this position.


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