Physicist, ZP-1310-III

Department Of Commerce Gaithersburg, MD
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The candidate will perform atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging and patterning in a UHV environment. The position includes UHV system design, assembly, and testing expertise to ensure vacuum levels in the 1x10-11 torr range including UHV gas phase doping. The candidate will analyze UHV STM data for atomic patterning of H terminated silicon samples. The candidate will perform silicon UHV processing to ensure atomic order and H termination for atomic patterning. The candidate will use Scanning Kelvin/Capacitance Microscopy and atomic force microscopy to image buried dopant devices and determine GDS files and co-ordinates for ebeam patterning. The candidate will perform extensive clean room processing and develop metal silicide contacts, ebeam patterning, etching, and metallization processes for feature dimensions down to 30 nm.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Attend a conference or meeting off-site

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

* All qualified U.S. citizens

* Current Federal employees serving under a career or career- conditional appointment in the competitive service;

* Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;

* CTAP/ICTAP eligible;

* National Service (Peace Corps & VISTA);

* Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities (i.e., Appointment of certain military spouses, Schedule A); OR

* Veterans who are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

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1310 Physics

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Help Requirements 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:

A. Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In either A or B above, the courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.

In addition to the basic requirements applicants must also 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 ultra and extreme high vacuum (UHV) processes and equipment, experience in operating a scanning tunneling microscope, UHV film growth equipment, silicon processing for atomically ordered silicon surfaces, and extensive clean room and ebeam patterning experience.


Master's or equivalent graduate degree


A 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 http:///


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. View a listing 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.