Research Associate and Senior Research Associates, National Security Initiatives
Requisition Number: 43995
Location: Boulder Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full Time
Posting Close Date:
The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) at CU Boulder is encouraging applications for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates in multiple domains, who will support the growth of the campus's National Security research enterprise. These positions will report directly to the Director of the Center for National Security Initiatives (NSI), within RIO. You will be responsible for developing groundbreaking research associated with the National Security enterprise, identifying new sponsored research opportunities with Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) partners, and preparing and executing strategic proposals in collaboration with other CU Boulder faculty and NSI researchers. Candidates will be focused on strategic development of a nationally recognized research program, with an emphasis on applied research in the National Security space.
New positions are available in the following focus areas:
Autonomous Systems: This position requires expertise relevant to the areas of field robotics, assured algorithms, control theory, computer vision, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). The candidate will address challenges including swarming, networked autonomy, human-machine teaming, and perception and localization.
Cybersecurity Research: This position requires applied expertise in one or more fundamental research areas associated with the design, attack, and defense of cyber systems, such as cryptology, semiconductor materials/fabrication/devices, computer aided design (CAD) of digital and analog devices/circuits, computer architecture, networks, information systems, AI/ML, and big data analytics. The candidate will develop solutions focused on ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information stored on and transmitted across U.S. space assets, critical infrastructure, and global communications systems.
Geospatial Data Analytics: This position requires expertise in applying analytics to earth and space data sets, including fusing disparate and large data sets to produce actionable information. The candidate will develop algorithms and applications by applying machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision and state-of-the-art techniques to create models that support decision making tools across the National Security enterprise .
Human Performance / Human Factors: This position requires specialization in areas including human-machine teaming, human-machine interfaces, virtual augmentation of human performance, training, and education, all within a national security context.
Hypersonics: This position requires a detailed understanding of the current U.S. activities on hypersonics, both in terms of weapons development and approaches to counter hypersonics. The candidate will develop and apply computational tools for analysis of various aspects of hypersonic vehicle performance and phenomena including aerothermodynamics, material, structures, propulsion, signatures, and mission design.
Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT): This position requires expertise in the science and instrumentation of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), algorithms for assured PNT, and the development of technologies for GPS limited/denied environments. The candidate will develop high precision, low SWaP-C solutions for resilient operations in relevant DoD environments.
Radiofrequency (RF) Engineering: This position requires expertise in RF communications, spectrum operations, and electronic warfare (EW) to address DoD challenges in SWaP-C, bandwidth, loss/efficiency, integration, and/or stealth. The candidate will develop solutions associated with power amplification, filter design, integrated circuit design, apertures, and configurable RF.
Space Domain Awareness: This position requires specialization in areas including astrodynamics, sensor tasking, state estimation, guidance/navigation/control (GNC), and space weather. The candidate will address key challenges in information fusion, perception, and activity interference with emphasis on space operations and anomaly identification and characterization.
Research Associates must have a customer-centric, results-focused mentality with the ability to operate in a sophisticated and dynamic environment to attain the strategic goals of the rapidly growing CU Boulder national security portfolio. 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
Responsibilities for all Focus Areas:
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