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NIST Graduate Student Research Opportunity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Engineering Laboratory (EL) seeks a graduate student interested in earthquake engineering for a student appointment in support of its role in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The student will conduct research supervised by a research structural engineer within the NEHRP group at NIST. The student must hold an undergraduate degree in Civil, Architectural or Structural Engineering, which included courses in steel and concrete design and must have completed a graduate course in structural dynamics. Topics to be studied may include: (1) refinement of approximate structural period relationship for use in determining design-level lateral earthquake forces, (2) critical investigation of the rules for distributing design-level lateral forces that consider vertical irregularities in the structural lateral system, and (3) analysis of collapse for performance-based seismic engineering.

Applications should be submitted through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV. Further details for this job can be found at: Unless otherwise posted, the job posting closes at 11:59PM Eastern Time March 21, 2014.

This is a paid position with competitive compensation based on the student’s qualifications. The student will work at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD for approximately 10-12 weeks. This position is for the summer of 2014. Additional information about the NEHRP group at NIST can be found at

Contact Dr. Matthew Speicher ( if you have questions about the projects that are the subject of the student appointment.