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Instrument Engineer I

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Instrument Engineer I supports the operation and maintenance of the LASP hardware test facilities and supports the implementation of new LASP instruments.

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 Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers, and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Upgrade, operate and maintain the LASP hardware test facilities including:

  • Thermal vacuum test facilities.
  • Vacuum bake-out facilities.
  • Specialized optical test facilities, including coherent and incoherent light sources from the XUV to the thermal infrared.
  • Specialized dust and particle test facilities.

Participate in instrument builds with responsibilities including:

  • Execution of subsystem environmental plans.
  • Support of specialized test facilities.
  • Building and maintenance of ground support equipment including, but not limited to, mechanical fixturing, electrical harnessing, electrical circuits, and optical devices.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

$61K to $84K.


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.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering
  • Physical laboratory work with vacuum, optical, electrical, and mechanical systems. This includes prolonged periods of working in a laboratory environment with various types of operational vacuum pumps, replacing and modifying components on small and large vacuum systems, lifting and moving of vacuum system components (up to 35 pounds), and working with and moving wheeled 230L LN2 dewars.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer and attending both virtual and in-person meetings.
  • Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

What You Will Need

  • Experience operating complex vacuum test systems.
  • Experience with basic machine shop tools.
  • Experience with electrical assembly and understanding of electronic circuits.
  • Basic hardware testing and debugging skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials 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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