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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate! This position will involve research and development of micro and milliscale magnetic hydrogel sensor transduction mechanisms and of magnetic hydrogel sensors for use with NMR or MRI.

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.

The particular group that needs a researcher is the Magnetic Imaging Group under the Applied Physics Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Postdoctoral Associate will be responsible for research and development of micro and milliscale hydrogel composites for use as novel sensors, particularly including NMR sensors, including geometrical design of sensors, developing fabrication protocols for sensor construction, exploring novel chemistries to enable new sensing measures, and demonstration of multiplexed sensing of multiple variable simultaneously. This role will be expected to also collaborate with other group members towards iterative development and design of NMR sensors optimized for both conventional as well as possibly unconventional NMR systems. The individual will be required to document and summarize research and is expected to present research results in peer reviewed scientific publications, at international scientific conferences, and at internal group meetings. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $66,000 - $75,420 annually.


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 Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, mechanical or chemical engineering, or related field is required. 
  • At least five years experience with nano or microscale biosensor chemistry, design, fabrication, and testing, as demonstrated through peer reviewed scientific publications and conference presentations. 
  • At least two years experience specifically with hydrogels, magnetic materials, and combinations thereof.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A record of innovative, multidisciplinary research including strong background in biological sensor modalities and sensor chemistries. 
  • Knowledge of how to adapt existing sensor chemistries for use with hydrogel-based system would be a plus. 
  • The ability to be independently motivated, able to work well both independently and as part of a team as required. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter 
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
    • If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for one reference and we will request a letter of recommendation from them immediately following your application. 
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: Lisa Valencia

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