IT-Network Specialist

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL)
Boulder, Colorado 80305
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) anticipates the need for an experienced IT-Network Specialist for the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) Office (670.02) (

NASCTN is a multi-agency chartered program that organizes a national network of Federal, academic, and commercial test facilities. We provide independent testing, modeling and analysis necessary to develop and deploy spectrum-sharing technologies and inform future spectrum policy and regulations. Hosted at NIST, members include NTIA, DoD, NSF, NOAA, and NASA, with projects spanning a variety of spectrum sharing challenges that bring together Commercial and Federal agencies, often developing new metrology to characterize complex interactions.  A small permanent staff of scientists and engineers at NIST is augmented by personnel from our network partners based on specific skills and knowledge for each project.

Duties include developing and build out of the Lab Network that supports commercial communications equipment and associated test equipment. Includes macro-cell LTE eNB hardware systems, supporting back-end network hardware, Cellular Traffic Generator, cell phones, and machine-to-machine discrete devices for IoT. Supports connectivity for experiments and data transfer between three physical laboratories. Ensures network meets security requirements, and configures and maintains the Lab network. Operates and maintains commercial communications equipment, including LTE, 5G, IoT, and associated test equipment to support projects.


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
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Must be able to obtain a Secret clearance

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

Minimum qualification and education standards per the OPM qualification standards
In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have Specialized experience, defined as experience in developing and maintaining network systems to include firewalls, routers, and switches to support network segments/firewall zones; Active Directory; Virtual Server Management; DNS/DHCP Support; Tenable Scanning/Vulnerability Management and Anti-Virus; VPN Support; Vulnerability Assessments; IT Systems Inventory; Network Engineering; Commercial Communications Equipment.  Additional educational requirements can be found at

Position is Full-Time, IT Specialist (Network Services), ZP-2210-III (GS-11/12 Equivalent)- TERM appointment for 2 years.  Location NIST Boulder, Colorado.  Salary range USD $70,181 - $109,358 per annum.  U.S. Citizenship is required.

If interested, please apply to the vacancy announcement by 2/11/2020, If you have technical questions concerning this position please contact Melissa Midzor, NASCTN Program Manager (

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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