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Financial Analyst I

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system. LASP manages the financial aspects for over 170 active grants and contracts, from proposal through award.

We are seeking a dynamic financial professional to further LASP’s science mission by providing coordination and support to individual programs/grants as well as to aid LASP Research Faculty in managing sponsored research programs. This professional will have a technology-first approach to solving problems and optimizing processes. Duties include research, selection, and compilation of financial data from multiple sources, such as production, accounting, vendors and subsequent analysis of that data to produce business information used to support decisions. Verifies the accuracy of data and ensures appropriate number tie outs. Decisions may impact the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative and business processes.

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

LASP at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) 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. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Support principal investigators (PIs) and project managers (PMs) with proposals, award management, and other analyses as requested.
  • Create and analyze monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and ensures financial information has been recorded accurately. Responsible for completing journal entries as necessary.
  • Review and reconciles discrepancies, performs cost/variance analyses, monitors burn rates and spending.
  • Perform cost projections and labor planning.
  • Apply, interpret, or assess existing policies, procedures, regulations for financial impact on program support.
  • Develop budgets and other related proposal documents. Coordinates with sub recipient organizations when applicable.
  • Supports subcontract management and other direct cost review and approval. Assists with modifying and renewing incoming and outgoing subcontracts for research awards.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of certain business practices and products particularly in the areas of finance and sponsored project accounting.
  • Review and approval of expenses of sponsored projects.
  • Track expenses against project budgets and provide analytical support.
  • Create ad hoc reports using data from a variety of sources to answer questions posed by program management.
  • Verify financial transactions captured in the general ledger systems reconcile to the financial reporting system.
  • Prepare financial reports to be reviewed by senior analyst or functional management.
  • Consult and receive regular guidance with senior analysts or functional management.
  • Other duties as assigned to facilitate continuity within research programs at LASP.

What You Should Know

  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align 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

The salary range for this position is $58,000 - $65,000 per year. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. 


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 business or equivalent, with 0 to 2 years of experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task while under pressure.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in accounting or finance.
  • Understanding of Business Analytics and Business Intelligence.
  • Understanding of Microsoft Power BI.
  • Understanding of Visual Basic (VBA) specifically for Excel.
  • Understanding of SQL.
  • Understanding of Deltek/Cobra or other project management tools.
  • Understanding of Earned value management. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter 
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor.  However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version optional attachment.

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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