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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Applied Physics Division at NIST encourages applications for multiple qualified Professional Research Assistants in support of our existing efforts in superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) and transition edges sensors (TESs). One project involves crafting large arrays of infrared-sensitive SNSPDs for hyperspectral imaging to support machine vision applications in light-starved environments. Other projects are focused on quantum information applications and involve integrating SNSPDs with ion traps and optimizing the speed of photon number-resolving TESs. 

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 PhD in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists.

The particular group that needs a researcher is the Quantum Nanophotonics Group under the Applied Physics Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Design, fabricate, and test superconducting single-photon detectors and associated readout electronic circuits.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $54,000 - $82,000 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

Master’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, chemistry or a related field.

What You Will Need

Expertise or a strong interest in learning nanofabrication.

What We Would Like You To Have

Expertise in cryogenics, single-photon detection technologies, or high-throughput electronics is also desirable.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter 
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

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