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Postdoctoral Associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 1, 2024

Job Summary

The successful applicant will join a multi-person team working on a CHIPS Metrology Program project aiming to develop a novel x-ray nanotomography instrument. The instrument will utilize a scanning electron microscope and a combination of commercial x-ray detectors and cryogenic superconducting x-ray sensors. Key goals are to image industry-relevant nanoelectronics with 10s of nanometer spatial resolution, improve instrument imaging speed, and integrate element sensitive information into 3-dimensional images. Research will include analysis of spectroscopic x-ray data and the development of tomographic reconstruction algorithms, with a focus on photon-limited and multi-energy approaches. The applicant will also support instrument operation and data collection.

This position is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Professional Research Experience Program (PREP). NIST recognizes that its research staff may wish to collaborate with researchers at academic institutions on specific projects of mutual interest, thus requires that such institutions must be the recipient of a PREP award. The PREP program requires staff from a wide range of backgrounds to work on scientific research in many areas. Employees in this position will perform technical work that underpins the scientific research of the collaboration.

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 Calorimeters Group under the Quantum Sensors Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Collect and analyze x-ray data from commercial x-ray detectors and NIST-developed cryogenic x-ray sensors.
  • Develop data analysis pipelines for instrument operation.
  • Develop tomographic reconstruction algorithms to generate 3-dimensional images of nanoscale semiconductor samples.
  • Assist in design of experimental imaging scanning plans for nanoelectronics samples.
  • Communicate and collaborate with CHIPS metrology program team members and external partners.
  • Present and publish results as appropriate.
What You Should Know

Privacy Act Statement

Authority: 15 U.S.C. § 278g-1(e)(1) and (e)(3) and 15 U.S.C. § 272(b) and (c)

Purpose: The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) hosts the Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) which is designed to provide valuable laboratory experience and financial assistance to undergraduates, post-bachelor’s degree holders, graduate students, master’s degree holders, postdocs, and faculty.

PREP is a 5-year cooperative agreement between NIST laboratories and participating PREP Universities to establish a collaborative research relationship between NIST and U.S. institutions of higher education in the following disciplines including (but may not be limited to) biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, electronics, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron science, physical science, physics, and statistics. This collection of information is needed to facilitate administrative functions of the PREP Program.

Routine Uses: NIST will use the information collected to perform the requisite reviews of the applications to determine eligibility, and to meet programmatic requirements. Disclosure of this information is also subject to all the published routine uses as identified in the Privacy Act System of Records Notices: NIST-1: NIST Associates.

Disclosure: Furnishing this information is voluntary. When you submit the form, you are indicating your voluntary consent for NIST to use of the information you submit for the purpose stated.

What We Can Offer
  • The salary range for this full-time position is $69,000 - $93,500 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
  • A PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related field.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience in computational programming, preferably in python.
  • Previous experience collecting and analyzing x-ray data, particularly for x-ray spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrated experience with tomographic reconstruction algorithms.
  • Excellent 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 an English-translated version as an Optional document.

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 May 29, 2024 .

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

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Posting Contact Name: Lisa Valencia

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