Research Associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 17, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Department of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering (ECEE) encourages applications for a Research Associate ! This position will work with Professors Juliet Gopinath and Victor Bright, starting Spring or Summer 2021. The project will focus on adaptive optical devices for switching, biomedical imaging, wavefront correction, and laser ranging and sensing. The research will include a combination of fundamental scientific experiments and theory. There will be opportunities to write grant proposals and mentor students. CU Boulder is host to a very active research environment in optics. Postdocs and research associates are considered research faculty and receive generous benefits. To learn more, please visit: and .
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Professors Victor Bright and Juliet Gopinath have been collaborating on adaptive optics research for well over a decade. Their research has applications in atomic physics, LIDAR, lasers, and linear and multiphoton microscopy. They manage a joint group that includes graduate, undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research scientists. Professor Juliet Gopinath has over 20 years of experience in photonics and has a broad range of interests from ultrafast and nonlinear optics, to coordinated optics, and adaptive optics. Her laboratory pursues a combination of modeling and experiments. Professor Victor Bright is a specialist in micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS).

Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at CU Boulder is the premier undergraduate and graduate program in Colorado by reputation, rankings, and size. Nationally, we are ranked 22nd among public electrical engineering graduate programs, and 21st among public computer engineering graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Our number of required and elective undergraduate laboratory courses is among the highest of any engineering college in the country. Our students say the hands-on laboratory component greatly improves understanding of lecture concepts, and industry recruiters confirm that the value of our graduates is definitely increased by their laboratory experiences.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Optical modeling, design, fabrication, and optical characterization.

What You Should Know

This is an incredible opportunity to work in a diverse group of physicists, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers on a technology that can make an incredible difference in the world. This group is internationally recognized for their contributions to the field.

What We Can Offer

This will be an incredible professional experience, with the opportunity to publish papers, present at conferences, take part in proposal writing, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and participate in the research from start to finish. Salary range is $47,000 - $52,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

Ph.D., a strong background in microfabrication, optics, and lasers through experimental research and academic courses.

What You Will Need

Ability to be independent, but also be a phenomenal teammate, able to lead and also successfully mentor students.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Proof of Degree
    • The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree.
    • If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable).
  4. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position will remain posted for one year.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Juliet Gopinath

Posting Contact Email:

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