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Professional Research Assistant

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The computer scientist will be involved in the Highly Mobile Deployed Networks project, which aims to preform research in mobile broadband service delivery for first responder use (

The scientist will work independently and as part of a diverse team of researchers and support team members to meet the mission goals of the Public Safety Communications Research Division at NIST that includes responsibilities to the NIST Public Safety R&D Fund and externally sponsored research.

This position will perform professional research or development work to develop new methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform, or present information by means of digital computer systems; includes work in the development of new fields of computer science research or on problems arising from use of digital computers. The position requires professional competence in the theoretical foundations of computer science, computer design and applications, mathematics, and statistics.

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.

This particular group is the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program at NIST and they are seeking a computer scientist with a specialty in the fields of network engineering, software development, information technology, system metrology, telecommunications, and related disciplines for full-time employment.

PSCR provides research, development, testing, and evaluation to foster nationwide interoperability and advanced communications technology for the nation's public safety community. PSCR acts as an objective technical advisor and laboratory for the public safety community to accelerate the adoption and implementation of only the most critical public safety communication technologies. For more information about PSCR, visit their webpage at:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Carry out limited professional assignments in a technical professional field applying established methods, tests, procedures, and techniques, and recording actions and results.  
  • With periodic supervision, carry out assignments under supervisor-defined objectives, deadlines, and timeframes.  
  • Work outputs contribute to the timeliness, reliability, acceptability and accurate completion of solutions, outputs, and services of the organization.

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

Must have professional knowledge of and skill in applying theories, concepts, principles, and methodologies of a technical professional field (in science, engineering, information technology, or mathematics). Ability to use a variety of reference materials and the ability to use relevant equipment.  Ability to exchange information, report on work progress, and explain methods and processes used.
  • Degree: Must have a Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in computer science and/or related engineering science such as electrical engineering, computer engineering, information technology, and electronics.
  • College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Skill in Navigating Windows, Linux, and Android Operating systems.
  • Ability to navigate and use Virtual Machine software.
  • Knowledge of current IP fundamentals and the OSI model of communications.
  • Knowledge of some common protocols and standards in layers 2 through 4.
  • Knowledge of protocol or signal analyzing tools.
  • Ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real concepts in the laboratory.
  • Ability to write code in common scripting languages.
  • Skill in writing code in common programming languages.
  • Skill in working with the command line interface of different operating systems.
  • Skill in developing technically correct test plans and reports.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Letter of recommendation (non-confidential) 
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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