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Thermal Engineer IV

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) encourages applications for a Thermal Engineer IV to join our team. This position will participate in the design, development, testing, and operations of present and upcoming space flight instrumentation projects.

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) 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

  • Responsible for full cycle thermal control system design from initial concept through mission operations.
  • Work closely with scientists and engineers in the design and development of spaceflight hardware.
  • Develop the thermal control system architecture and requirements, work with customers to establish and manage thermal interfaces.
  • Perform thermal analysis of spaceflight hardware, including passive and active thermal control systems, structures, mechanisms, electronics, optical systems, and cryogenic components.
  • Present and defend the thermal control system design to internal and external review teams.
  • Create technical specifications for procured or subcontracted items.
  • Support assembly, integration, and test activities.
  • Plan and direct the thermal vacuum testing of spaceflight hardware, including test plan/procedure development, GSE, staffing, and post-test thermal model correlation.
  • Support proposal efforts with thermal analyses, design, and budgeting.
  • Provide mentoring for students and Level I-III thermal engineers.

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 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 $114,000-160,000 annually. 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

  • BS or higher degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline.
  • 5-8 years of directly related experience in the field of aerospace thermal engineering and design is required as well as experience with Thermal Desktop or other thermal analysis tools.

What You Will Need

  • Experience with thermal analysis software (preferably Thermal Desktop).
  • Ability to function well in a team-based environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be able to show initiative, resourcefulness and creativity.
  • Knowledgeable of spaceflight instruments and spacecraft.
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for projects and work independently.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Familiarity with requirements generation and verification.
  • Prior experience specifying, procuring, and installing thermal control hardware.
  • Thermal vacuum testing experience.
  • Quick turn conceptual design experience for proposal work.
  • Experience with CAD software (preferably SolidWorks).

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.

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