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Postdoctoral Scholar - Metrology

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 21, 2024

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Postdoctoral Scholar - Metrology

Location: SICCS
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607941
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

  • This position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.
  • This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University (NAU) in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona- a top rated college and mountain town that is the hub of the beautiful Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Four Corners region of the American Southwest- seeks two (2) Postdoctoral Scholars to join Dr. Wang's Metrology Research and Teaching Laboratory ( in NAU's School of Informatics Computing and Cyber Systems. These scholars will conduct research in measurement sciences, tools, innovative manufacturing metrologies, novel assurance and provenance technologies and advanced metrology testbeds in microelectronics and semiconductor fields. In particular, we are seeking individuals with quantitative and qualitative research expertise and teaching experience. The Postdoctoral Scholars are expected to perform data collection, data analysis attend project-related meetings, workshops, and teach a course as needed. Publications and presentations are expected to result from the project activities.

Desired qualifications include a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field, along with strong quantitative, data analysis, programming, data visualization, and scientific writing skills, with an emphasis on skills in metrology, measurement, and quality control. The public university system of Arizona provides excellent work-life balance, benefits, and job security in an inclusive and diverse work environment.

Research & Publications - 80%
  • Conduct metrology experiments and collect data using established receipts and protocols or develop new ones.
  • Analyze and interpret metrology data.
  • Write research reports and manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest research in metrology fields.
  • Meet regularly with the faculty advisor to discuss research progress.
  • Present research findings at lab meetings, conferences, or other scientific events.
  • Collaborate with other researchers in the MRTL lab.

Teaching & Training - 10%
  • Develop curriculum and courseware for workshops, short courses, or metrology certification programs.

Other - 10%
  • May be involved in supervising undergraduate or graduate students.
  • May help with writing grant proposals to secure funding for metrology research.
  • May also involve teaching duties and developing courses.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative data analysis, programming, data visualization, and scientific publication, with an emphasis on metrology, measurement, and quality control and improvement.
  • Demonstrated track record of scientific research and publication.
  • Industry experience in metrology and quality control.
  • Experience in teaching and training.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the use of metrology equipment, devices, and tools.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject disciplines.

  • Organizational and project management skills.

  • Highly motivated to perform research in a collaborative environment.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Possesses strong problem solving, organizational, and analytical capabilities.
  • Promotes a diverse, and inclusive environment.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Salary range begins at $54,779. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to terms of the Arizona Board of Regents' Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service. NAU offers an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days.

Application Deadline

July 22, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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