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Operations Software Engineer III

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

On the Operations Software team, you will work with other software engineers, systems engineers, scientists, and mission operations personnel to support satellite interface software throughout mission lifecycles, including instrument development and on-orbit satellite operations.The Operations Software team supports satellite operations by developing and maintaining software used by scientists and mission operations personnel.

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

Primary job duties include developing software for in-house applications used by our flight operations team, including command & control, planning & scheduling, network automation, data processing, and data handling tools. This entails working with network interfaces, automation, databases, scripting, and graphical user interfaces. You will collaborate with other engineers to perform software configuration, testing, debugging, and deployment tasks. Additional tasks may include determining computer user needs, understanding output requirements, preparing operating instructions, analyzing system capabilities to resolve software performance problems, researching programming techniques and methodologies, and overseeing the development activities of a team of software engineers. The Operations Software team follows established software processes and compliance standards to maintain the high reliability of the software systems used in satellite operations.

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 $89,621-$127,000. 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

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in computer science or related field.
  • 5-8 years of work experience in software.
  • US Citizen.

What You Will Need

  • One or more of the following language proficiencies: Python, C/C++, Java, Bash.
  • Motivation to learn new languages and methodologies.
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative attitude.
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize in a rapidly changing environment.
  • A knack for problem solving.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 2+ years experience in software development.
  • One or more of the following language proficiencies: Python, C/C++, Java, Bash.
  • Knowledge of relational databases and SQL.
  • Familiarity with Command and Control or Planning and Scheduling software.
  • Proficiency with Unix/Linux terminal based environments.
  • Interest in Aerospace or space science.

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 12/5/22.

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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