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Professional Research Assistant

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

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) encourages applications for a Professional Research Assistant ! This position will perform research in microwave noise metrology. The role will also focus on the design, test, and evaluation of microwave instruments, and measurements of RF noise and interference.
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 CU Boulder. PREP provides research opportunities to CU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers with a Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists.

The particular group that needs a researcher is the Shared Spectrum Metrology Group under the RF Technology Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Research and Development
  • Design, develop and verify experiments with Principal Investigators (PIs).
  • Develop and maintain automation scripts for instrument control and data collection.
  • Operate scientific equipment and instruments to conduct research and other technical activities.
  • Build and maintain lab reports; provide input on updates and revisions.
  • Research published data and aggregate it into files for analysis.
  • Develop, revise, and implement software for statistical uncertainty analysis.
  • Research and evaluate data management software and make recommendations to team and PIs as necessary.
  • Engage with and contribute to technical discussion and collaboration among the team and PIs to advance work progress.
  • Assist in process evaluation and the generation of material needed for technical journal manuscripts, final reports, and conference presentations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $54,000 - $56,700 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field.
  • Experience and proficiency with computer programming, such as Python, Matlab, LabView, Visual Studio, etc.

What You Will Need

  • Strong attention to detail and self-motivation to research work.
  • Strong communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Exposure to and knowledge of scientific research activities is a plus.
  • Experience with simulation tools and CAD tools is preferred.
  • Proactivity in taking ownership of research tasks.

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 .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Lisa Valencia

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