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PostDoctoral Associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 30, 2023

Job Summary

This position supports the mission of the Wireless Interdisciplinary Research Group (WIRG) in the College of Engineering, Arts and Sciences (CEAS) Department of Computer Science (CS). This position is responsible for providing fundamental and applied research activities and engineering design and leadership to integrate communications, command, and control for automated spectrum monitoring and spectrum sharing for low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations (such as StarLink and OneWeb). This position will work closely with the WIRG team and will include working with and mentoring Graduate Student researchers. This research faculty position (a Co-Investigator on the NSF SII-NRDZ CU-Boulder RADYSIS, Radio Astronomy Dynamic Satellite Interference-Mitigation and Spectrum Sharing, sponsored research project) will work with WIRG project principal investigators to identify mission requirements and design/implement a functional LEO satellite spectrum sharing architecture based on the general concept of a centralized spectrum controller system (SCS) such as the Winn Forum Spectrum Access System (SAS) or the FaceBook TelecomInfraProject (TIP) Open-AFC (Automated Frequency Controller) design. This position will lead 2-3 undergraduate/graduate staff members. This position will work directly with graduate students, faculty, and professional collaborators within and outside the university. This position will design, implement, test, and deploy a satellite constellation spectrum sharing system to meet WIRG and NSF SII-NRDZ (Spectrum Innovation Initiative - National Radio Dynamic Zone) project objectives. Tasks include design of telemetry systems, automation and autonomy software, and spectrum sharing architectures. This position will also be allocated to R&D engineering efforts for future capability concepts.

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

Founded in 1970, the Department of Computer Science at CU Boulder is passionate about real-world, interdisciplinary experiences for our students. Our researchers are making advances in computer science today that will change the world tomorrow. Via the Partnership Program, the department is now helping CU to support higher education across the state of Colorado.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

SII-NRDZ RADYSIS Project Management:
  • Work with the WIRG Program Manager to develop project requirements, major milestones, and schedule for the RADYSIS research project.
  • Utilize project management software and techniques to execute projects.
  • Interface with principal investigators and collaborators to develop design and engineering requirements.
  • Provide deployment support as needed.
SII-NRDZ RADYSIS Engineering Support:
  • Ability to design and implement mobile command, control, communication, and computer systems to support automated spectrum sharing operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with spectrum sharing concepts for satellites and for passive earth observing satellite (EOS) systems.
  • Ability to design, prototype, implement and test the satellite constellation spectrum sharing architecture into operational activities for satellite operators and for the dynamic protection of terrestrial Radio Astronomy systems.
SII-NRDZ RADYSIS Research & Development:
  • Develop specifications for new technologies to support future projects.
  • Design, prototype, and test new technology designs.
What We Can Offer

This position is a 20% FTE Postdoctoral Associate assignment. The salary for this position is $24,000 per year.


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
  • PhD degree in computer science, telecommunications, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, physical sciences, or related fields.
  • 15+ years' experience in R&D for telecommunications systems including satellite, avionics, telemetry, ground systems, support systems and software, or related experience.
What You Will Need
  • Ability to design, prototype, and implement spectrum sharing control systems.
  • Proficiency in computer programming (C, Python, Matlab, etc.).
  • Ability to supervise and mentor graduate and undergraduate research assistants.
  • Capacity to manage and prioritize requirements and deliverables for the SII-NRDZ RADYSIS project.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Field experience with satellites, spectrum sharing, or Earth science sensing missions.
  • Lead engineering experience in project design and development.
  • Management experience supervising students and/or staff.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position
  3. Transcripts/proof of PhD (if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit an English-translated version)
  4. Letter of reference (not confidential)
  5. Optional: PDF Sample of work
  6. Optional: Portfolio URL/link

This position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

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