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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 to assist in development of instruments and measurement procedures for precision high-frequency, microwave, and mm-wave power and scattering-parameter measurements.

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 PhD in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists.
The particular group that needs a researcher is the RF Electronics Group under the RF Technology Division at NIST.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  1. Perform high-frequency electromagnetic measurements.  Will be responsible for both carefully following existing measurement procedures, and for assisting in the development of new procedures.
  2. Assist in development of models of uncertainties in power and scattering parameter measurements.  These models will incorporate simulations of electromagnetic and thermal characteristics and analytical models based on physical principles.  These models will also need to be implemented in software.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align 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 for this full-time position is $47,000 - $51,000 annually.

Onboarding/relocation assistance may be available, however, if within a 12-month period you exercise your right to willfully terminate your employment with the University of Colorado, you hereby agree to reimburse the department for your relocation expenses.


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

  • A Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Proficiency with scripting (ex: read files, perform calculations, and plot results) in Python, Matlab, or another scientific programming language.
  • Proficiency with the mathematical techniques used in physical sciences and engineering, especially linear algebra, differential equations, and statistics.  The applicant should be able to discuss the core concepts from upper-level undergraduate courses, and how they apply to real-world situations, in detail without consulting references.
  • Proficiency with the physical principles of electromagnetism, circuits, heat transport.  The applicant should be able to discuss the core concepts from upper-level undergraduate courses, and how they apply to real-world situations, in detail without consulting references.
  • Aptitude for laboratory work, particularly assembling instruments and performing electrical measurements.  This aptitude could be demonstrated through research experience, senior projects, advanced laboratory courses, or hobbies.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with finite element simulations of thermal or electromagnetic phenomena.
  • Experience with computer-aided design, solid models, and mechanical drawings.
  • Experience in writing instrument control code to automate measurements.
  • Experience with embedded systems (FPGAs and microcontrollers) would be helpful, especially in the context of signal processing (ex: sampling data, lock-in measurements, implementing low-pass or high-pass filters) or control (ex: PID loops).
  • Experience with high-frequency test and measurement electronics.
  • Experience with small software projects (a few thousand lines of code, several people contributing, object-oriented design, version control software).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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.
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for a reference.  We will request the letter of recommendation 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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