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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) encourages applications for a Professional Research Assistant! This individual will support a group of about 15 scientists working on advanced optics projects for precision laboratory measurements and sensing over open-air paths. The individual will be expected to manage a diverse set of duties as required by the group including general laboratory support, support for field experiments, and technical support for the development of electro-optic and fiber-optic systems.

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

The particular group that needs a researcher is the Fiber Sources and Applications Group under the Spectrum Technology and Research Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Serve as laboratory manager including maintenance of laboratory instruments, inventory of general laboratory supplies, and assistance with safety and IT issues.
  • Assist with field experiments including outfitting and maintenance of mobile van laboratory, logistics, planning, preparation of the field site shipping, etc.
  • Support laboratory experiments through basic machining, electronics work including cable assembly and fabrication of electronics subsystems, and fiber-optic subsystems including fiber polishing, splicing, and testing.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $47,840 - $51,000 annually. 


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 in engineering, physics, or related field - Candidates with other degrees will also be considered with the appropriate technical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle a diverse set of duties and learn new skills.
  • Ability to track project details across multiple efforts.
  • Ability to use hand tools for simple construction projects.
  • Ability to solder.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment including standing for multiple hours.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Basic knowledge of fiber-optic technology, machining skills, previous experience with electronics.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter 
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
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 a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.
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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