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Professional Research Assistant

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Professional Research Assistant will be responsible for developing and programming software for National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) at NIST.

Who We Are

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is a special partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and CU 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 NIST Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) has an exciting, fast paced opportunity for a Computer Scientist/Engineer/Physicist in the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) Division, Boulder. Current projects include performing complex test measurements to address shared spectrum challenges between commercial LTE and DoD. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop and improve software that will implement advanced statistical models and machine learning algorithms for the analysis of large and complex data sets. 
  • Develop data visualization and data analysis tools for NASCTN projects.
  • Provide support in database engineering, data processing, data visualization, and data analysis for measurement projects in wireless communications and spectrum sharing. 
  • Develop and maintain databases and data processing software for NASCTN projects. 
  • The position will also provide the opportunity to collaborate with research teams on advanced machine learning research as applied to wireless communications and radars.

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a STEM related field.
  • Experience with Python and data analysis.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with machine learning, wireless communications, and RF.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Letter of recommendation (non confidential)
  4. If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by CU Boulder Campus HR. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.
This position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Tiffany Mason

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer