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Postdoctoral Associate

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

Quantum Nanophotonics Group in the Applied Physics Division at NIST seeks a candidate that will be responsible for designing, building, and testing a quantum microwave-to-optical transducer.  Such transducer will operate at ultralow temperatures (<50 mK) and be based on strain mediated parametric modulation of the optical resonance of a semiconductor artificial atom.

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.

The particular group that needs a researcher is the Quantum Nanophotonics Group in the Applied Physics Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Design and construct GHz frequency acoustical resonators in Gallium Arsenide.
  • Precision spectroscopy of Indium Arsenide quantum dots (QDs) embedded in acoustical resonators.
  • Design and construct electronic circuits for excitation and detection of microwave signals.
  • Analyze and interpret the microwave and optical characteristics of the hybrid microwave/optical system.
  • Work as a member of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team.
  • Provide technical input to research problems which have been recognized as critical obstacles to progress in areas of exceptional interest.
  • Prepare and review journal publications, contributing important advancements to quantum optics, quantum networking, optical communications, and optical measurement techniques.
  • Attend research conferences and 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. 


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

  • PhD degree in a STEM related field.
  • Experience with design and interrogation of semiconductor nanostructures. 
  • Experience with optical measurement techniques such as: coherent detection, resonance florescence, confocal microscopy, laser diagnostics, noise characterization, and statistical optics.
  • Experience in cryogenic measurements, with dilution refrigerator experience a plus.
  • Ability to code with, or learn to code with:  MATLAB, LabView, and Python is required.
  • Experience with modern nanofabrication techniques such as electron beam lithography and plasma etching is desirable.
  • Experience with cryogenic microwave circuit design and testing is a plus.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Letter of recommendation (non-confidential) 
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 Name: Tiffany Mason

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