Professional Research Assistant - Electronics

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

JILA is encouraging applications for a Professional Research Assistant to join our JILA Electronics Shop. This position is a highly collaborative team-based position which will engage with a variety of scientists and students to provide consulting and design services which advance JILA research as well as to expand the knowledge and skills development of scientists and students related to FPGA, electronic design, consultation, repair, test, and production.
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

JILA is a world-leading research institute with an established reputation for collaboration, creativity and excellence and is committed to hiring and supporting a diverse and inclusive community of scientists, staff and students who share a common passion for expanding the boundaries of science for the benefit of all. As a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, JILA has a dual focus on expanding the frontiers of scientific knowledge and developing the world’s scientific leaders of the future.. We support eclectic and innovative research programs that foster creative collaborations among our scientists. The wide-ranging interests of our scientists have made JILA one of the nation’s leading research institutes in the physical sciences. They explore some of today’s most challenging and fundamental scientific questions about quantum physics, the design of precision optical and x-ray lasers, the fundamental principles underlying the interaction of light and matter, and processes that have governed the evolution of the Universe for nearly 14 billion years. Research topics range from the small, frigid world governed by the laws of quantum mechanics through the physics of biological and chemical systems to the processes that shape the stars and galaxies. JILA science encompasses eight broad categories: Astrophysics, Atomic & Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Chemical Physics, Laser Physics, Nanoscience, Precision Measurement, and Quantum Information Science & Technology. To learn more visit:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Provide FPGA and electronics design advice and consultation to JILA scientists.
  • Evaluate, test, and repair custom JILA-made devices and commercial equipment that manufacturers no longer support.
  • Design, construct, and test new equipment to meet the most stringent specifications from JILA Scientists including embedded systems with system integration, microcontrollers, DSP and/or FPGA technology.
  • Produce custom-made items on short notice utilizing such tools as a printed-circuit-board and panel-making machine, drill press and other items.
  • Seek out and learn new technologies and skills to support current and future research needs.
  • Provide mentoring and instruction to JILA students and others.

What We Can Offer

Salary range for this position is $90K to $110K.


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
  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics, or related STEM discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to design/assemble/troubleshoot complex FPGA (field-programmable gate arrays) project.
  • Competency in the following:
    • Current Xilinx FPGA and SoC devices
    • Simulation and verification of designs
    • Timing constraints and closure techniques
  • Able to see and manipulate small electronic components, to operate various machinery for electronics, and lift 20 pounds regularly.

What You Will Need
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to learn new technologies and skills.
  • Commitment to working in a collaborative, positive and instructive environment.
  • Willingness to instruct and aid research students and faculty · Self-motivated and a team-player.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Commitment to actively contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s or higher Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics, or related STEM field.
  • Interest in serving as a mentor for students and providing informal instruction and advice to colleagues, students and researchers.
  • Experience with Embedded systems.
  • Working knowledge of:
    • Electronic equipment diagnostics and repair
    • High speed serial transceivers, JESD204B
    • Electronic assembly including stuffing PCB’s, machining boxes, and writing assembly instructions, electronic testing, and PCB layout
    • Scientific research and working collaboratively with researchers
    • VHDL, Verilog and SystemVerilog
  • Competency with Soft CPU processors, AXI and Wishbone interconnect design and Digital signal processing.
  • Basic knowledge of analog design.
  • Advanced knowledge in digital electronics and design.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter specifically addressing job duties and requirements
  3. Candidate Statement on how they will actively contribute to diversity and inclusivity within JILA.

For full consideration, please apply by Monday, May 31st.

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for one reference and we will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.

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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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