Experimental Physicist – Rydberg Sensors | University of Colorado – Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)


Posted: 21-Jan-22

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Type: Full Time

Preferred Education: Doctorate

Salary: $67,000 – $72,000


Academia, Research Laboratory


Job Function:


Technical Division:

Fundamental Laser Sciences (OF)

Nanophotonics (ON)

Nonlinear Optics (OL)

Optical Cooling and Trapping (OT)

Optical Material Studies (OM)

Optical Metrology (OR)

Photonic Metamaterials (OP)

Quantum Computing and Communication (OC)

Quantum Optical Science and Technology (OQ)

Short Wavelength Sources and Attosecond/High Field Physics (OH)

Ultrafast Optical Phenomena (OU)

Years of Experience:


Salary Details:

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits (https://www.colorado.edu/jobs/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.

Additional Information:

Telecommuting is allowed.

Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Internal Number: 304

If interested, please apply at Postdoctoral Associate (colorado.edu).

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate (Experimental Physicist – Rydberg Sensors)! The NIST Electromagnetic Fields Group has opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to develop experimental methods for Rydberg atom sensors for a variety of applications. The Group maintains the National standard for RF field probes and is building a quantum-based antenna that uses Rydberg atoms excited by lasers to produce an electromagnetic transparent probe to measure field strength with SI Traceability. This is a fundamentally new approach to radio frequency metrology, one that promises to improve the sensitivity, precision, and ease of tests and calibrations of high-frequency field probes used for measuring radiated fields in next-generation 5G wireless systems, biomedical, and nano-electronic systems, and environmental and other sensors.

Postdoctoral scholars will have opportunities to design, build, and troubleshoot laser systems and electronics of the types used in atomic physics experiments as well as working with RF electronic equipment and data analysis.

The NIST Electromagnetic Fields Group is located within the NIST Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL). Recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to NIST mission of enhancing innovation. Through a diversity of people, teams, and ideas, we find the best solutions. The NIST Postdoctoral and Early-career Association of Researchers (PEAR) is a vibrant community advocating for professional development opportunities for postdocs, students, and other early-career researchers.

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.

The key responsibilities will be:

  • Perform experiments, collect data, analyze experimental results and compare to theoretical models.
  • Keep a well-maintained log of experimental activities.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot laboratory equipment.
  • Disseminate research through peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and other presentations.


  • Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Research experience involving one or more of the following areas: atomic physics, quantum physics, optics, lasers, and/or RF electronics.


  • PhD in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics or Quantum Physics with a focus on Rydberg atom spectroscopy.
  • Experience with atomic spectroscopy.
  • Experience with narrow-band diode lasers, frequency doubled lasers, laser stabilization, and opto-electronic devices.
  • Experience with RF calibrations and/or metrology laboratory practices.
  • Experience with MATLAB, Python.

Apply Here: https://jobs.workinoptics.com/jobs/rss/16154263/experimental-physicist-rydberg-sensors