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Postdoctoral Associate/Research Associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 18, 2022

Job Summary

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate/Research Associate! The Long-wavelength Project within the Quantum Sensors Group in the Quantum Electromagnetics Division on NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory seeks a researcher to join a multi-person team to develop microwave kinetic inductance detectors and other novel devices for applications at millimeter to far-infrared wavelengths.
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 Quantum Sensors Group under the Quantum Electromagnetics Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Design microwave kinetic inductance detectors and other novel cryogenic devices for astronomical applications, quantum sensing and microwave metrology.
  • Perform cryogenic, microwave measurements on microwave kinetic inductance detector arrays and other novel devices.
  • Present results at internal meetings, meetings with external stakeholders, and international scientific conferences.
What We Can Offer
  • The salary range for the full-time Postdoctoral Associate position is $69,000 - $90,000 annually.
  • The salary range for the full-time Research Associate position is $74,000 - $94,500 annually.
  • Onboarding/relocation assistance may be available, however, if within a 12-month period you exercise your right to willfully terminate your employment with the University of Colorado, you hereby agree to reimburse the department for your relocation expenses.

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
Requirements for Postdoctoral and Research Associate(s):
  • A PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, Engineering or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of relevant experience.
  • Familiarity with cryogenics, cryogenic sensors and microwave engineering.
  • Values research in a collaborative setting.
Postdoctoral Associate: 0 – 4 years of experience beyond earning PhD.
Research Associate: 5 – 10 years of experience beyond earning PhD.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Familiarity with low temperature sensor applications.
  • Comfortable with complex silicon chip assemblies used at cryogenic temperatures.
  • Familiarity with microwave simulation software such as HFSS, Sonnet, and microwave office.
  • Familiarity with microfabrication techniques.
  • Software development in languages such as python, MatLab, and C++.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
Special Instructions

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

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version.

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request the letter of recommendation immediately following your application.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until March 31st, 2024.

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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