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Postdoctoral Associate


National Institute of Standards and Technology, Professional Research Experience Program

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Shared Spectrum Metrology Group in the Communication Technology Laboratory (CTL) at NIST is looking for a Postdoctoral Associate to fill their research position.

The Shared Spectrum Metrology Group is on the forefront of researching coexistence of emerging and incumbent wireless systems and RF sensor systems. The laboratory contains state of the art low noise receivers, calibration standards, software defined radios, and over the air test facilities. We are capable of designing, evaluating and validating remote sensing receivers, RF sensors, and interference test methodologies, where we answer industry relevant questions such as:
  • How do we calibrate and estimate performance of distributed sensor systems?
  • Can we quantitatively assess the existing RF noise floor in today’s communications world?
  • What kind of instruments do we need to precisely measure RF noise, out-of-band emissions, and interference in digital communications – and can we build them?
The group addresses these questions through new test methodologies, sensor architectures, and calibration techniques. The post-doctorate researcher will support part of the above-mentioned spectrum sensing, and RF noise characterization efforts.

Who We Are

The Professional Research Experience Program (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 PhD in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists.

Research questions can be directed to Dr. Dan Kuester (, Dr. Dazhen Gu (, and Dr. Duncan McGillivray (

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Job duties include, but are not limited to: implementing research and experiments as guided by the research team leads, preparing technical documents for publication in internal and external venues (such as IEEE journals and conferences), and supporting the preparation of program and project plans and proposals.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary range for this position is market-based, highly competitive, and will be based upon relevant background and experience. 


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. degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or physics, or will receive a Ph.D. degree by the end of September 2018. The candidate should have a balanced background in theory and experiment, and a strong publication record.
  • Research expertise shall include contributions in at least two of the following areas:
    • RF sensors or receivers, FPGA programming, distributed sensor networks, or radio frequency testing.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Recent research experience on next generation communication hardware, software defined radios (SDRs), and analysis and optimization of spectrum monitoring systems will be regarded as a plus.

Special Instructions

To apply, please summit the following materials:

1. Resume/CV
2. Cover Letter
3. List of at least three references
4. Proof of Degree (this 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)
5. Professional Publications
6. You will need to submit 3 references for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

Review of applications will begin on September 18, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Lisa Valencia

Posting Contact Email:

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer