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Temporary Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Center for National Security Initiatives (NSI) is seeking applications for a temporary research assistant to support the research and development of secure and resilient microelectronic ASICs. Successful applicants should have course work and research experience in microelectronics, semiconductor fabrication, integrated circuit design and tape out, semiconductor and electronic materials, device and solid-state physics, applied cryptography, space microelectronics, radiation hardening of electronics, or hardware security and assessments.

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 University of Colorado Boulder’s Research and Innovation Office (RIO) is the central point for support and advocacy for CU Boulder’s world-class scholarship, creative work, and research. The Center for National Security Initiatives is dedicated to providing high-impact national security research enabled by world-class research scientists and essential infrastructure. As the sole Tier-1 research institution in Colorado and the top public University in NASA funding, CU Boulder is well-positioned for continued growth to the current $45M per year DoD research portfolio. Colorado’s $15.4B Aerospace & Defense Economy and a strong ecosystem of defense prime contractors, entrepreneurs, and Federal partners further strengthen our opportunity to grow our strategic impact on National Security research.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work with the Principal Investigator of an ASIC prototyping project to research, design, and implement a workflow for the fabrication (tape out) of a microelectronic test circuit.
  • Assist in the development and completion of key research tasks.
  • Clearly and consistently document research plans, tasks, and results.
  • Prepare, attend, and deliver weekly progress reports with the Principal Investigator and the Project Sponsor.
  • Complete a final report.
  • Period of Performance: Up to 12 months.

What We Can Offer

An hourly pay rate of $25 - 30.


Temporary positions at the University of Colorado are not benefits-eligible, however, all positions are eligible for paid sick leave

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics, Mathematics, or a field relevant to Microelectronics.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated high-level critical thinking and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take guidance and work independently towards a goal or solution.
  • Due to the requirement to access and handle export-controlled information, candidates need the capacity to comply with federally mandated requirements of U.S. export control laws.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. A Cover Letter

This position will be open from May 8 2024 to May 31 2024.

Note: Application material will not be accepted via email.  For Consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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