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Postdoctoral Associate

Requisition Number:

35248

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Date Posted:

02-Dec-2021

Job Summary

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate! The NIST Electromagnetic Fields Group has opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to develop experimental and theoretical methods for Rydberg atom sensors for a variety of applications. The Group maintains the National standard for RF field probes and is building a quantum-based antenna that uses Rydberg atoms excited by lasers to produce an electromagnetic transparent probe to measure field strength with SI Traceability. This is a fundamentally new approach to radio frequency metrology, one that promises to improve the sensitivity, precision, and ease of tests and calibrations of high-frequency field probes used for measuring radiated fields in next-generation 5G wireless systems, biomedical, and nano-electronic systems, and environmental and other sensors.


Postdoctoral scholars will have opportunities to analyze and develop atomic models for Rydberg atoms and other related physical systems. Experimental work will include designing, building, and troubleshooting laser systems and electronics as well as working with RF electronic equipment and data analysis.


The NIST Electromagnetic Fields Group is located within the NIST Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL). Recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to NIST mission of enhancing innovation. Through a diversity of people, subject areas, and ideas, we find the best solutions. The NIST Postdoctoral and Early-career Association of Researchers (PEAR) is a vibrant community advocating for professional development opportunities for postdocs, students, and other early-career researchers.


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 is the Electromagnetics Fields Group under the RF Technology Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop theoretical models of atomic systems and atomic sensors.
  • Design and perform experiments and compare experimental results to theoretical models.
  • Keep a well-maintained log of experimental activities.
  • Disseminate research through peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and other 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.

Benefits

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.

Be Statements

Be ambitious. Be challenged. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Ph.D. in Physics or related field.
  • Research experience involving one or more of the following areas: atomic physics, quantum physics, optics, lasers, and/or RF electronics.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ph.D. in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics or Quantum Physics with a focus on Rydberg atom spectroscopy.
  • Experience developing atomic models and simulations.
  • Experience with sensor modeling.
  • Experience with narrow-band diode lasers, frequency doubled lasers, laser stabilization, and opto-electronic devices.
  • Experience with MATLAB, Python.

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 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

Posting Contact Email: prepscientist@colorado.edu