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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to develop readout and integration techniques for megapixel arrays of superconducting single photon detectors, and integrate superconducting detectors with ion traps in collaboration with the NIST IONS group for applications in quantum computing.

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 Faint Photonics Group/Quantum Nanophotonics Group in the Applied Physics Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Design, optimize, and fabricate superconducting nanowire single photon detectors and detector arrays.
  • Develop superconductor and/or semiconductor-based logic elements for processing signals from large arrays of superconducting detectors.
  • Develop flip-chip, bump bonding, and wire bonding processes for integration of superconducting detector cameras with semiconductor or superconductor-based logic elements.
  • Build and/or modify cryogenic systems for free-space imaging using large-format arrays of superconducting detectors.
  • Improve scalability and fabrication process for integration of ion traps with superconducting detectors in collaboration with the NIST IONS group.
  • 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 detectors, 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 in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field.
  • Experience with cleanroom fabrication processes.  Experience with flip-chip bonding, bump bonding, and wire bonding is a plus.
  • Experience with circuit design and modeling.
  • Experience with superconductor and/or semiconductor device physics.
  • Ability to code with, or learn to code with:  MATLAB, LabView, and Python is required.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Some experience with cryogenic system operation is desired.
  • Experience with optical detector measurement techniques is desired.
  • Experience with SFQ or JJ-based superconducting logic is strongly desired.
  • Experience with optical modeling, and electrical/thermal modeling of semiconducting and/or superconducting materials is desired.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 1 Letter of Recommendation (Not Confidential)
  4. Optional: Proof of Degree- if degree was obtained abroad. 
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is 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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