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National Institute of Standards and Technology Computer Scientist, ZP-1550-III (GS-11/12 equivalent) TERM in Boulder, Colorado


Incumbent will serve as a Computer Scientist in the Communications Technology Laboratory at NIST in Boulder, CO

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. This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of candidates.


As an engineer or developer, the selected applicant will be part of a team of engineers and researchers conducting research and development (R&D) activities focused on improving indoor mapping, tracking, and navigation capabilities for first responders. Specifically, the individual will assist in the development of prototype hardware and software that will be used to demonstrate advanced indoor mapping technologies and measure the performance of indoor positioning systems. As part of the Location-based services team, the individual will: (a) Develop and train advanced classification and instance segmentation algorithms to identify Public Safety features in mixed point cloud/image datasets. (b) Develop software tools for researchers that will simplify tasks associated with working with point cloud datasets labeled with Public Safety relevant information. (c) Author technical and project deliverables as needed, including requirements, system architecture, concept of operations, reports, etc. (d) Support development of low-cost, accurate ground truth measurement systems for indoor positioning systems. (e) Work with the PSCR Lab Operations team to coordinate and document the deployment of hardware and software capabilities required to support the team's R&D activities. (f) Other hardware/software tasks as required. (g) Work independently and as part of a diverse team of researchers and support team members to meet the mission goals of the Public Safety Communications Research Division at NIST that includes responsibilities to the NIST Public Safety R&D Fund and externally sponsored research.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. citizen

You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (

You must be suitable for Federal Employment

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Basic Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

In addition to the above basic requirements:

Applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS 9 (ZP II at NIST) level. Specialized experience is defined as experience in software programming (e.g. C/C++, Python), interfacing with sensor hardware (e.g. 3D depth cameras and inertial sensors), machine learning, and computer vision and be familiar with simultaneous localization and mapping, lidar systems, and point cloud datasets.


Master's or equivalent graduate degree.


Combination of education and experience. 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. 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

Applicants may request reconsideration of their qualifications determination within three business days from the date their applicant status was changed. Applicants should email the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement with their written request listing the announcement number; explaining why the original determination was improper; what factors were not considered; and, should provide any other pertinent information that would enable reevaluation.


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: Individuals educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for a U.S. equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.Viewalisting of these accredited organizations from the Department of Education's website. Provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing.

Additional Information

A one trial period may be required.This appointment may be extended up to four years without further competition.This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, clickhere.