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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate! The successful applicant will design and fabricate micro- and nano-electronics in the NIST Boulder Microfabrication Facility. These electronics will consist of specialized sensors for electromagnetic radiation and/or particles, as well as readout circuitry for the same sensors. The sensors and readout circuitry will make use of superconducting materials, low temperatures, and quantum mechanical effects. Key goals are to realize more sensitive and larger format sensor and readout circuits. The successful applicant will also support testing or perform testing of sensors and readout circuitry at ambient and cryogenic temperatures.

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

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 Ph.D. in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists.

The particular group that needs a researcher in the Quantum Sensors Group under the Quantum Electromagnetics Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Design and fabricate micro- and nano-electronics in the NIST Boulder Microfabrication Facility.
  • Develop new microfabrication processes.
  • Test micro- and nano-electronics at ambient and/or cryogenic temperatures.
  • Use test data and/or diagnostic imaging, assess circuit performance and identify paths to improve circuit yield and/or performance.
  • Communicate work status to team members and supervisors.
  • Document fabrication processes and results.
  • Identify new materials, circuit designs, fabrication processes, and sensor applications suitable for future research.
  • Interact with internal and external collaborators.
  • Disseminate results through publications and presentations.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $67,000 - $72,000 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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Be ambitious. Be collaborative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field. Experience using patterning, deposition, and etch tools in the NIST Boulder Microfabrication Facility.
  • Experience with the design and fabrication of micro- and nano-electronics.

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.  However, 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 a reference. We will request the letter of recommendation 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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