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MAX Flight Dynamics Systems Lead

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

LASP is seeking a FDS Lead for the mission design and navigation system development for an exciting and challenging asteroid exploration mission planned for launch in Q1 of 2028.

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

  1. Lead the Mission Design and Navigation system development, analysis, integration and test.
  2. Responsible for the Mission Design and associated analysis, test and verification products.
  3. Responsible for the development of a new operational navigation system.
  4. Responsible for the navigation system performance analyses, test and verification.
  5. Development of the products and processes for flight operations.

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 $174,000 - $245,000 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

  • Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering (or equivalent engineering discipline) with 10 years experience in interplanetary Mission Design and Navigation, including experience with radiometric tracking techniques and optical navigation techniques.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Interplanetary spaceflight operational experience in radiometric tracking and optical navigation techniques as applied to low-thrust, solar electric propulsion missions. 
  • Experience with Python programming, C/C++ programming, mission design tools such as GMAT, STK, Copernicus, MONTE. 
  • Low-thrust mission design and navigation experience.

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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