Job Overview

Summary

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial comp

The selectee will play a critical role in building a vibrant experimentally-driven research program on fire resistance of real-scale structures using the National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL), a new, unique experimental facility nearing completion on the NIST Gaithersburg, MD campus.

Duties

The research structural engineer will play a critical role in building a vibrant experimentally-driven research program on fire resistance of real-scale structures using the National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL), a new, unique experimental facility nearing completion on the NIST Gaithersburg, MD campus. She/he will join NIST’s world-class research team in Fire Science and Structural Performance under Multi-hazards and will be responsible for conceiving, safely conducting, and reporting on real-scale experimental research on fire resistance of steel and/or concrete structures.  She/he will develop national and international collaborations and will actively participate in the development of relevant standards and codes—enabling a transformation to performance-based fire resistance design of steel and/or concrete structures.

 

The research structural engineer shall be responsible for leading NIST’s efforts in large-scale structural-fire resistance experiments on steel and composite (steel and concrete) structures.  She/he shall independently conceive, design, and safely conduct real-scale structural fire resistance experiments in the NFRL to accomplish the EL mission and programmatic objectives, including conceiving and validating predictive models for fire-resistance design of steel and/or concrete structures, and developing a database on the performance of real-scale structural elements, connections, sub-assemblies, and structures exposed to realistic fire and loading conditions.  She/he will lead the design of test structures and test fixtures, and experimental and instrumentation plans; and will oversee the construction of test structures and the safe conduct of experiments.  She/he shall document, interpret, synthesize, and report experimental results.  She/he will also perform experiments that may involve fire resistive coatings, such as spray-applied fire resistive materials, cementitious coatings, and/or intumescent materials used to provide thermal protection to steel structures and high-strength concrete and concrete containing high-volume industrial byproducts such as flyash.  Other duties will include: (1) assessing and improving best practices for large-scale experiments, (2) contributing to establishing international leadership by NIST in large-scale structural-fire resistance testing, and (3) contributing to the development of improved test methods.