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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 Postdoctoral Associate will explore applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to design/measurement of next generation offshore wind turbines in concert with the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU).  Applications include: multi-fidelity model coupling, uncertainty quantification of rare offshore events, modeling of coupled wind-wave physical interactions, and optimization/control/measurement of offshore wind turbines.  The research will involve applications of model parameter dimension reduction, generative modeling of coupled wind-wave physics, geometric/algebraic perspectives on knowledge graph completion, sensitivity analysis for multi-fidelity uncertainty quantification, and shape inverse problems for design/measurement of floating offshore turbines and truss structures.

This position is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Professional Research Experience Program (PREP).  NIST recognizes that its research staff may wish to collaborate with researchers at academic institutions on specific projects of mutual interest, thus requires that such institutions must be the recipient of a PREP award.  The PREP program requires staff from a wide range of backgrounds to work on scientific research in many areas.  Employees in this position will perform technical work that underpins the scientific research of the collaboration.
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 PhD in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists.
The particular group that needs a researcher is the Mathematical Analysis and Modeling Group under the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Facilitating novel explanations and interpretations of AI models with algebraic/geometric abstractions.
  • Researching related aspects of approximation, optimization, and integration over abstract topologies serving as domains to develop numerical methods for measurement, statistics, design, and analysis.
  • Exploring transformations of heterogeneous model/data sources to facilitate multi-fidelity modeling.
  • Presenting results at conferences, internal meetings, and regular meetings with external stakeholders.
  • Ensuring that results, protocols, software, and documentation have been archived or otherwise transmitted to the larger organization.

What You Should Know

Privacy Act Statement
Authority:  15 U.S.C. § 278g-1(e)(1) and (e)(3) and 15 U.S.C. § 272(b) and (c)
Purpose:  The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) hosts the  Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) which is designed to provide valuable laboratory experience and financial assistance to undergraduates, post-bachelor’s degree holders, graduate students, master’s degree holders, postdocs, and faculty.  
PREP is a 5-year cooperative agreement between NIST laboratories and participating PREP Universities to establish a collaborative research relationship between NIST and U.S. institutions of higher education in the following disciplines including (but may not be limited to) biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, electronics, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron science, physical science, physics, and statistics.  This collection of information is needed to facilitate administrative functions of the PREP Program.
Routine Uses:  NIST will use the information collected to perform the requisite reviews of the applications to determine eligibility, and to meet programmatic requirements.  Disclosure of this information is also subject to all the published routine uses as identified in the Privacy Act System of Records Notices:  NIST-1:  NIST Associates.
Disclosure:  Furnishing this information is voluntary.  When you submit the form, you are indicating your voluntary consent for NIST to use of the information you submit for the purpose stated.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $69,000 - $90,000 annually.

Onboarding/relocation assistance may be available, however, if within a 12-month period you exercise your right to willfully terminate your employment with the University of Colorado, you hereby agree to reimburse the department for your relocation expenses.


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 pioneering. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related scientific field.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Familiarity with abstract algebra and/or differential geometry.
  • Ability to build collaborations and research autonomously.
  • Familiarity with LaTeX, Python, Matlab, and Git.
  • Quickly learn and develop numerical implementations of novel abstract mathematical concepts.
  • Co-locate to be on NIST-Boulder campus a minimum of three (3) days per week.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel to present results at various conferences/seminars.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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 an English-translated version as an Optional document.
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 March 1st, 2024.
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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