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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We are encouraging applications for a Research Assistant to support research into spectrum-sharing technology approaches and scenarios. The focus is on software for NASCTN projects vital to execute tests and prepare data for analysis. Includes data validation, visualization, and software development of automation suites for shared spectrum testbeds of 4G/5G and future wireless systems. Research into new metrology tools for communications systems testing, using machine learning and AI. Develop domain-specific software for current and future spectrum challenges. 

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

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

The particular group that needs a researcher in the Communications Technology Laboratory under the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop data acquisition code to support automated testing, data collection, analysis, and verification of hardware performance.
  • Data Processing (ETL-Extract, Transfer, Load).
  • Update, correct, maintain and expand on existing Testbed software (currently in Python). 
  • Develop software tools to assist in large scale collections of electromagnetic signatures.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $52,000 - $63,000.  A relocation package may be considered for this position based on location. 


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 or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field.
  • Software development.
  • Data Processing.
  • Visualization development.

What You Will Need

  • Skills in Troubleshooting, communication, working in extended teams.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in Database designs and development, Data Analysis.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Optional: Proof of Degree/Transcripts- If obtained abroad. 
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for one reference and we will request a letter of recommendation immediately from them upon 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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