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Senior Ground Station Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

LASP has made pivotal scientific advancements using cubesats as platforms for space-based instrumentation.  LASP maintains a robust and expanding program for cubesat design, integration, test, and operation.  As part of our established cubesat ecosystem, LASP has built a ground station network operating at UHF, S-band, and, in the future, X-band frequencies.  LASP currently has 3 Cubesats on orbit, 3 planned to launch in 2023, and 3 planned to launch in 2025.

The Senior Ground Station Engineer will be responsible for maintaining the current ground station configuration, planning/implementing expanded radio compatibility, collaborating with colleagues across the science, engineering, and mission operation divisions, and participating in cubesat integration, test, and commissioning efforts.

The ideal candidate would be capable of understanding, owning, and making technical contributions to the ground station at all levels from the theoretical link-level analysis; through the hardware-centric radio testing; and up to, and including, software supporting the ground station link.

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 is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Improving and maintaining the hardware and software front ends of the ground stations in the LASP network (Boulder CO, Fairbanks Ak, and Parker CO).
  • Refining and maintaining automation routines to configure the ground stations for upcoming passes.
  • Documenting and maintaining the current ground station configuration, including implementation of physical, electrical, or software maintenance procedures.
  • Supporting the development of program specific radio processing flowgraphs.
  • Planning for and implementing upgrades to expand radio and frequency compatibility.
  • Collaborating with colleagues across the science, engineering, and mission operation division.
  • Participating in cubesat commissioning test and commissioning efforts.

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

The salary range for this position is $104,000-$146,000. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines. 


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.
  • Five years of relevant experience.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including an ability to work effectively within a team of students and professionals.
  • Advanced hardware test and debugging skills.
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient operating and debugging complex mechanical/hardware/software-based RF communication systems
      • Understanding of RF theory: SWR, matching, smith charts, S-parameters, insertion loss, return loss, etc.
      • Understanding of electronic communication theory: modulations, encodings, BER, SNR, Eb/N0, etc.
  • Experience configuring, testing, and debugging software-defined radios.
  • Experience with electrical test equipment and test setups typically associated with ground stations: power supplies, multimeters, spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, power meters, oscilloscopes, time- or frequency-domain reflectometry (TDR/FDR) measurements, in-situ high-power RF measurements.
  • Installing/tuning/maintaining antenna systems.
  • Working knowledge of networking infrastructure (servers, switches, RF over fiber, etc).
  • Experience with one or more of the following software packages/languages: GNU Radio, C++, Git, Python, MATLAB, Unix-derivative operating systems, Bash, Windows operating systems.
    • Experience with the following software is desired but not required: Cadence AWR Microwave Office, Keysight ADS, Keysight Genesys, QucsStudio, Numerical Electromagnetics Code, Altair FEKO, Ansys HFSS, Keysight EMPro, etc.
  • Understanding of electronic circuits.
  • Experience using basic machine shop tools.
  • Experience with basic soldering skills and electronics assembly.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
Physical Requirements:
  • This job includes physical laboratory work dealing with electrical and mechanical systems. The candidate must be able to ascend/descend many flights of stairs and ladders to access and work on antennas and associated hardware.  They must also be comfortable with spending prolonged periods of working in a laboratory, replacing and modifying electrical and mechanical components on small and large systems, and lifting and moving of system components (up to 35 pounds).
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer and attending both virtual and in-person meetings.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

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. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

This position will remain open until 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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