Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

We are encouraging applications for a Professional Research Assistant who will share responsibility for operating and maintaining an optics and quantum networking research laboratory by designing and constructing the infrastructure to perform quantum optical and electrical measurements. In this role, you will implement techniques necessary to approach or reach the quantum limit, including mechanical stabilization, phase, and noise characterization, electronic feedback methods, and the use of cryogenic environments. The candidate will make use of and strengthen a diverse array of skills through hands-on, manual tasks as well as design challenges, data analysis, and theoretical considerations.
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

PREP is a special partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder. PREP provides research opportunities to CU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers with a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists.

The particular group that needs a researcher is the High-Speed Measurements Group under the RF Technology Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Design and construct opto-mechanic launch systems to efficiently and stably couple entangled beams into resonant optical cavities.
  • Construct microwave circuitry to perform electrical metrology of super conducting quantum devices at cryogenic temperatures.
  • Implement feedback control systems to stabilize optical frequency, phase, polarization, and mechanical motion to enable coherent optical measurements.
  • Design and construct low-noise electronic circuits for detection, control, and measurement.
  • Operate and maintain a cryogenic dilution refrigerator capable of millikelvin temperatures.
  • Provide technical input to research problems which have been recognized as critical obstacles to progress in areas of exceptional interest.
  • Work as a member of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $49,500 - $57,000 and will be based on relevant background and experience.


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 mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, quantum information science, or related field.
  • Experience with lasers, light sources, phase-locked loops, balanced detection, low-noise receiver design, polarization optics, and optical modulators.
  • Experience with optical measurement techniques such as coherent detection, quantum tomography, beam diagnostics, laser diagnostics, noise characterization, and statistical optics.
  • Experience with electrical circuit design, soldering, and debugging is required.
  • Technical writing and graphical design skills for manuscript preparation and poster presentation.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of cryogenics and the dilution refrigeration process is advantageous.
  • Ability to code with or quickly learn to code with MATLAB, LabView, and/or Python is required.
  • Familiarity with optical system design software (e.g. Zemax, Code V, OSLO) is advantageous.
  • Must be comfortable working with complex systems integrating electronics, pneumatics, cryogenics, and high vacuum.
  • Familiarity with building materials, hardware, and basic construction and assembly methods.
  • Comfortable working with hands doing manual tasks.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with classical optical networks and timing synchronization is very desirable.
  • Skill with mechanical design, CAD, and machine shop fabrication is desirable.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for one reference and we will request a letter of recommendation from them immediately following your application.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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: Lisa Valencia

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