Postdoctoral Associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The RF Technology Division of the Communications Technology Laboratory at NIST encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate working with traceable measurement systems for wide bandwidth modulated signals! This position will set up anechoic chambers and transverse electromagnetic field cells for precision RF field metrology and perform RF field characterization measurements. This position will be working with synthetic aperture techniques and making them traceable to primary standards to characterize over-the-air communications channels. The candidate will also use a precision modulated signal source and signal processing to incorporate low-distortion communications signals into the setup to build a unique test environment for novel 5G and 6G systems incorporating beam-steering phased arrays. The candidate will incorporate measurement uncertainties into the analysis using the NIST Microwave Uncertainty Framework.
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

The Professional Research Experience Program (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 RF Fields Group under the RF Technology Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Precision electromagnetic field measurements and uncertainty evaluation.
  • Development of multiport OTA measurement approaches, including assessment of measurement uncertainty.
  • Accurate modulated-signal analysis of signals.
  • Analysis of data and the ability of measurements to provide complete traceability path to primary standards.
  • Experimental design to build repeatable test conditions that best expose devices to a traceably known condition.
  • Present and publish technical results.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $66,000 - $87,750 annually.


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

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field.
  • Research experience involving one or more of the following areas: RF measurement, antenna design/characterization, signal processing, EMI/EMC Testing.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • RF Measurement experience.
  • Antenna design/characterization.
  • Signal processing.
  • Experience with microwave electronics simulation software (e.g. HFSS and ADS) is desirable.
  • Experience with LabView, MATLAB, Python, other measurement automation and analysis software.
  • Mechanical and electrical design and fabrication capability is desirable.
  • Metrology and uncertainty analysis experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
    • 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. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

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 .

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Posting Contact Name: Lisa Valencia

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