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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

In conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the selected candidate will perform and develop metrology for the measurement of high-speed/mm-wave/terahertz modulated optical signals, on-chip amplifiers to 1 THz, and filter manifolds. The candidate will use state-of-the-art on-chip measurement techniques from DC to 1 THz. Measurements will include on-wafer scattering parameter measurements, and nonlinear electrical measurements.

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 Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is a special partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado 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.

This particular research is in the RF Technology Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Measure photomixers, and amplifiers on III-V material systems with on-wafer measurement techniques.
  • Develop models on the linear and nonlinear behavior of photomixers and amplifiers.
  • Characterize material and device properties using optical, electrical, and imaging techniques.
  • Work as a team to integrate photomixers with frequency comb and on-wafer electronics.
  • Provide technical input in formulating research solutions on problems which have been recognized as critical obstacles to progress or development in areas of exceptional interest.
  • Studies will result in a series of publications, providing important changes to existing products, processes, techniques, or practices.
  • Present technical results.

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. 


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What We Require

  • PhD (or equivalent) in a STEM related field.
  • Experience with electrical measurement techniques such as: linear network analysis, four-probe, load-pull, and large signal network analysis.
  • Experience with lasers, optical components, frequency generators, spectrum analyzers, and network analyzers.
  • Ability to code with, or learn to code with: Matlab, Visual Basic, LabView is required.
  • Experience with microwave electronics simulation software (e.g. HFADS) is desirable.
  • Ability with mechanical and optical design, and fabrication is desirable.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering or Physics.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for 1 reference and we will request a letter of recommendation from them immediately upon application. 

This position will remain open until 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: Tiffany Mason

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