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Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

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The Applied Economics Office seeks qualified applicants to assess the sustainability and efficiency of current and emerging building energy technologies and manufacturing processes. The Applied Economics Office, a part of NIST’s Engineering Laboratory, conducts research and provides technical assistance in the field of microeconomics. 

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The Applicant will perform statistical/econometric/microeconomic research on economic projects dealing with: (1) sustainability of construction and manufacturing processes and (2) economic impacts of current and emerging technologies applied to construction, manufacturing, and infrastructure development. The Applicant will collect, analyze, interpret, and summarize data and contribute to published reports, articles, and software that help users evaluate the sustainability and cost effectiveness of investment strategies.  Major functions of the position include: (1) developing an environmental efficiency database linking technologies to environmental benefits and costs; (2) developing economic efficiency metrics assessing life-cycle cost effectiveness of green buildings (both for new construction and the retrofit of existing buildings); and (3) developing national score carding metrics that assess and track building sustainability performance at the community and national levels.  Responsibilities include research; publishing refereed journal articles and research reports; designing decision-support software; and teaching workshops.  We desire an applicant with a strong background in at least two of the following areas—microeconomics, quantitative analysis, engineering economics, environmental engineering, simulation modeling, and decision analysis.  Oral, written, and interpersonal skills are essential.