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Atomic Physicist

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder is seeking a highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Researcher to join a collaborative effort between the University of Colorado-Boulder and Mesa Quantum Systems. This joint position offers a unique opportunity to work at the forefront of quantum sensor technology, focusing on Coherent Population Trapping (CPT) based atomic clocks. The successful candidate will contribute to cutting-edge research and development of chip-scale quantum sensors for Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) applications. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2024.

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 Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering is pioneering scientific breakthroughs, launching innovative technologies and educating creative engineers that will solve today's societal challenges by improving human health, enabling security and promoting sustainability.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Develop and conduct advanced research on CPT-based atomic clocks, including theoretical analysis, experimental design, and data interpretation. Develop and optimize quantum sensor technologies, with an emphasis on miniaturization and integration for practical applications. Collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers from both the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Mesa Quantum Systems. Publish research findings in leading scientific journals and present at international conferences. Contribute to the development of innovative solutions to enhance resilience against GPS outages and provide accurate timing sources in challenging environments such as underwater or space.

What We Can Offer

This is a joint appointment with the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Mesa Quantum Systems with CU funding 64% percent of the position and Mesa funding 36% percent. The CU salary portion is $45,000 annually and the Mesa salary portion is $30,000 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

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field with a strong background in Atomic, Molecular and Optical physics, or related areas.
  • Demonstrated experience in experimental research, preferably in the field of quantum sensors or atomic clocks.

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency in data analysis, signal processing, and computational modeling.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team.
  • Strong communication skills, with a track record of scientific publications and presentations.
  • Experience with Coherent Population Trapping (CPT) techniques and atomic clock development.
  • Familiarity with microfabrication and chip-scale integration processes.
  • Knowledge of Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) systems and applications.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV.
  2. Cover Letter.
  3. Reference Letter (not confidential).
  4. (Optional) Transcript/Proof of PhDIf 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.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For full consideration, please apply by August 5, 2024 through CU Boulder Jobs.

In compliance with the Colorado Job Application Fairness Act, in any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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