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Postdoctoral Associate


National Institute of Standards and Technology, Professional Research Experience Program

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

This job is to perform research and development with optical-frequency combs and nanophotonics. A successful applicant will develop frequency comb techniques and technology in conjunction with nanofabricated photonics devices. Tasks include: cleanroom device fabrication, characterization, and optimization; carry out laboratory experiments regarding the fundamental physics and nonlinear science of the devices; and perform technology and metrology demonstrations with frequency combs.

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 (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.

The particular group that needs a researcher is the Optical Frequency Measurements Group in the Time and Frequency Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This position has several responsibilities: nanophotonics device design and fabrication layout; nanophotonics device fabrication in the NIST-Boulder cleanroom; device testing and characterization; perform experiments with fabricated devices; carry out demonstrations of frequency combs systems.

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

A PhD in physics or related fields such as applied physics, nonlinear-optical physics, quantum physics is required for this position. Experience in nanofabricated photonics, frequency-comb measurements, nonlinear-photonics experimentation, and atomic-molecular-optical physics is required.

What We Would Like You To Have

Research experience with electro-optic frequency combs, nanophotonics, and cleanroom fabrication, including electron beam lithography.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Recommendation
Please apply by December 13, 2018 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Tiffany Mason

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