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Data Systems Software Engineer II-III

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

LASP at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Data Systems Engineer II-III! 

This role will support with software engineering and/or scientific programming skills to assist science data processing and analysis of scientific instrument data for NASA and private space missions ranging from small cubesats to large decade-long projects.  Project scientific goals span Astrophysics to Planetary to Solar to Earth Atmospheric and Climate missions. Every day our team strives to bring creative and innovative ideas to solve challenging problems. As a member of our team, you will apply your unique abilities to the implementation of scientific processing algorithms, maintenance, and improvement of existing systems, as well as the development of new capabilities and scientific data analysis. Your contribution will be essential for transforming raw instrument data into publicly accessible research-grade science data products that support the science community in furthering our understanding of the universe around us.

Our team works closely together and collaborates with scientists, mission operators, engineers, students, and other colleagues and stakeholders.  We are looking for applicants that connect and communicate well with mixed and diversified teams. Applicants need to be able to learn quickly and balance competing priorities. On the job training is expected and mentoring/support is an innate part of our team dynamic.

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 University of Colorado space research laboratory at the Boulder campus.  As an Institute of CU-Boulder, LASP is at the international forefront of space science research in solar, planetary, atmospheric and space plasma physics. LASP’s record of excellence in space instrument and spacecraft construction, mission operations, and science data analysis for Earth, planetary, and deep space missions is supported by organizational expertise in Science, Engineering, Mission Operations, and Data Systems.

We're invested in you and your success, valuing our employees as our most important asset. Everything we do is more than just a project; it's about people coming together in pursuit of scientific advancement.  We bring a thoughtful and collaborative approach to every one of our projects and make these core elements of our culture.  We seek to pursue key science questions using experimental, laboratory, theoretical, and information systems approaches. We are dedicated to building and maintaining a unique combination of expertise in space science, data handling, engineering, and spacecraft operations. At LASP, you will help advance our scientific mission by providing progressive, robust data solutions that benefit the broader scientific community.

We believe in providing our employees with challenges and opportunities that are meaningful to them.  We strive to be an organization that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow, and succeed.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Responsibilities for Engineer Levels II-III: 
  • Develop and implement software for the processing, analysis, and visualization of scientific and engineering data from space science missions on Linux-based systems – we use a variety of languages on different projects (Python, Java, IDL, C/C++, etc.)
  • Support science research efforts including collection and analysis of ground testing data and in-flight calibration data
  • Support scientists in developing algorithms and producing and analyzing data products
  • Work collaboratively with engineers, students, and scientists to develop software requirements that meet project needs
  • Communicate solutions by creating documentation, flowcharts, diagrams, and clear code
  • Apply software engineering best practices in the development process
  • Collaborate with and support teammates by reviewing the work of others for techniques, procedures, and technical approach

What You Should Know

  • Due to the requirement to access export-controlled data and information, only U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (green cards), or other protected individuals (i.e., persons designated as an asylee, refugee, or a temporary resident under amnesty provisions) 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 full-time position is $78,000-$110,000 for level II, and $94,000-$133,000 for level III. 

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

Engineer Levels II-III:
  • BS/BA in computer or physical sciences, or related field or equivalent experience.
  • 2-4 years of experience with software development and data analysis in a commonly used programming language.

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency with the Linux/Unix command line.
  • Love of science and an interest in software-related technologies and analysis techniques.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience programming in Java and Python.
  • Experience in scientific programming.
  • Ability to organize, create plans, and encourage others.

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.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

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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