Postdoctoral Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
08 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has 28 faculty members, 350 undergraduates, and 250 graduate students. It has research programs in Communications and Signal Processing; Computer Engineering; Lasers, Optics, and Applications; Controls and Robotics; and Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing. The department participates in the CSU Information Science and Technology Center, the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility, and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. It is home to the headquarters of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology. Many faculty in ECE hold courtesy appointments in the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, and collaborate with faculty in these and other departments. Annual research expenditures are nearly $10M, and the department is ranked 23rd in the country based on citations to faculty research. More information on the department can be found at

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution encompassing 57 academic departments in 8 colleges, housing more than 75 majors. It is one of the fastest-growing research universities in the country, with annual research expenditures of nearly $300 million and an enrollment of over 32,000 students. Fort Collins is an attractive community of approximately 156,000 at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. The city is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. It consistently ranks high on quality of life measures by numerous publications; see for the complete list. The Front Range has developed into a high-technology hub with companies such as Agilent, HP, IBM, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Avago Technologies, AMD, Xilinx, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman located in or near Fort Collins. The city offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. More information on Fort Collins is available at

Position Summary

The successful candidate will pursue research activities related to the NSF award 1608898 titled “Collaborative Research: A Scalable Sustainability-Based Approach to a Novel Demand Response Paradigm in the Emerging Smart Grid.” The research duties will include editing existing codes as well as developing new computer programs in C++, Python/Matlab, and HPC environments for performing resource allocation in energy management systems for smart electric distribution. Additional duties may include mentoring and guiding graduate students working in the lab. Expected outcomes of the appointment will include generating and communicating research results in peer-reviewed venues such as journals and conferences. The postdoctoral researcher will directly report to Prof. Suryanarayanan during the term of employment. There may be opportunities for the successful candidate to engage in teaching and grant-writing activities.

Required Job Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in electrical or computer engineering or a closely related field. Applicants planning to graduate with the Ph.D. by December 2017 will also be considered. Candidate must have completed their Ph.D. requirements by the start date.
  • A high fluency in programming languages such as C, C#, or C++ and numerical computing environments such as Python or MatLab, and
  • Past research experience in advanced topics in power systems engineering including demand response and distribution systems operations.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience in high performance computing (HPC) and parallel processing.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Job Duty Category Reseach Duty/Responsibility

The research duties will include editing existing codes as well as developing new computer programs in C++, Python/Matlab, and HPC environments for performing resource allocation in energy management systems for smart electric distribution in direct support of NSF award, “Collaborative Research: A Scalable Sustainability-Based Approach to a Novel Demand Response Paradigm in the Emerging Smart Grid.”

Percentage Of Time 90% Job Duty Category Publishing and Mentorship Duty/Responsibility

Publish and present research findings in journals and at professional conferences. Support proposal writings by providing data and research input. Help supervise graduate students projects.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide a copy of your CV/resume, a one-page statement of your research philosophy, a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of the candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Siddharth Suryanarayanan,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.