Professional Research Assistant

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Research
Functional Areas: College of Arts & Sciences
Department: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Professional Research Experience Program
Requisition Number: 13632
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

This position will help the Communications Technology Laboratory at NIST develop software for their financial system.

Who We Are

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is a special partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and CU 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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

To help the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) at NIST with the following project:

NIST’s current suite of financial management tools are outdated requiring a number of workarounds in order to provide complete situational awareness to management. Each unit at NIST has independently developed tools designed for that purpose, most of which are in the form of spreadsheets with little to no automated integration or data presentation capability. NIST’s CTL has begun the process of replacing an antiquated system of spreadsheets with a relational database capable of automatically providing the solvency information desired by management. The tool, programmed in MS Access with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) modules, is minimally functional, lacking the dedicated support of a skilled team of programmers. The goal of the project is to make the current tool completely functional while preparing to transition the application to a more robust and flexible programming language. Complete functionality will include: the ability to provide real time financial status at the project, group, division, and lab level; ability to track individual transactions throughout their lifecycle; incorporation of a workflow process providing seamless request to delivery service; and designing the system architecture required for a more robust SQL based and web based application. This experience is designed to give researchers an opportunity to collect, organize, analyze, and present process oriented data as useful information that aides managers decisions.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary range for this position is market-based, highly competitive, and will be based upon relevant background and experience.


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.

What We Require

A Bachelor’s Degree with computer programming experience.

What We Would Like You To Have

Experience with MS Access with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) modules; experience programming financial or accounting software.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree
  4. One Letter of Recommendation

Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Lisa Valencia

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2018
Application Due: 11/11/2018
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