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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Pao Research Group in the Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering (ECEE) Department at CU Boulder is seeking an outstanding PostDoctoral Researcher! This position will work on the development and validation of controllers for a couple of different application areas, ranging from atomic force microscopes to multi-megawatt wind turbines. Our currently funded projects include those on the topics of control co-design and optimization for a 25-megawatt downwind (fixed-bottom) turbine and a 10-megawatt wind turbine on a lightweight floating platform. We have pending proposals to extend the control co-design approach to atomic force microscopy and hydrokinetic turbine systems. The successful postdoc will be expected to work on two of our funded projects, where the postdoc will have some choice on the particular projects on which they will work. Since most of our projects are joint with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), it is expected that at least one project that the postdoc works on will be joint with NREL and thus the applicant must meet requirements to gain site access at NREL. 

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 Pao Research Group is a vibrant group working on control systems research projects, with applications ranging from precision motion control systems to multi-megawatt wind energy systems. There are typically a handful of PhD students in the group and occasionally some MS and undergraduate students as well.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Expected to work on two of our funded projects and will be asked to lead a few of the control systems tasks. The postdoc will also mentor and co-advise PhD students and potentially MS and undergraduate students as well. 
  • For each of the projects, the postdoc will work as part of a collaborative, creative, interdisciplinary team and should have excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Responsible for managing some of the project milestones, which will involve coordinating with the interdisciplinary teams working on these projects and putting together quarterly reports and presentations to funding sponsors. 
  • The postdoc will also be expected to publish and disseminate research results in journal and conference papers and will be asked to support proposal writing as we seek continued funding or new funding for projects.

What You Should Know

The start date for this position is anticipated to be as early as May 1, 2021 and preferably no later than September 1, 2021. The initial appointment will be for 12 months, and can potentially be renewed for an additional 12 months. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $70,000 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

By the start date, the candidate must have already completed their PhD in electrical engineering or related field (such as aerospace or mechanical engineering) with a specialization in control systems. 

What You Will Need

A strong background in control systems, including the ability to write robust and efficient code in Matlab/Simulink and Python. 

What We Would Like You To Have

Familiarity with issues related to the control, design, and simulation of wind turbines and/or floating structures. Familiarity with NREL-developed software tools for evaluating wind turbine control algorithms will be beneficial, as will leadership and mentoring skills.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
    • At the end of your CV, please provide a list of 3 references with contact information.
    • During the application process you will also need to separately enter contact information for three references who will be contacted through our system to provide letters of recommendation as the search progresses.
  2. Cover Letter summarizing your areas of interest and future career goals. 
  3. PDF sample of a selected publication of yours.
  4. Transcripts/Proof of Degree
    • The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree.
    • If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable
Completed applications received by February 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications will be accepted 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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