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Data Systems Team Lead

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

LASP is seeking a person with scientific software engineering and data processing skills to lead a team of 12 professionals and students who develop and operate software systems for science data processing and analysis for NASA space missions. Our team strives to bring creative and innovative ideas to solve exciting problems. As the manager of this team, you will apply your unique abilities to guide an enthusiastic technical team who support multiple NASA missions, and will participate at a technical level on one or more projects. The team is responsible for the development of data analysis and visualization tools, implementation of scientific processing algorithms, data processing and data analysis, maintenance of existing systems, and dissemination of scientific data. You will be essential to fostering a sense of teamwork and a team culture that values creativity, commitment, empathy, work-life balance, critical thinking and problem solving, and diversity of thought.

Our team collaborates with scientists, mission operators, engineers, students, and other colleagues and stakeholders. We are looking for applicants that communicate well with diversified teams and can collaborate with stakeholders across LASP, NASA, and the science community. Applicants will need to flexibly balance priorities across team members.

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 lab 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 believe in providing our

employees with opportunities that are meaningful to them. We strive to be an organization that inspires and empowers you to do your best work so you can evolve, grow, and succeed.

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 are dedicated to building and maintaining a unique combination of expertise in space science, data handling, engineering, and spacecraft operations, and doing so with a sense of togetherness. At LASP, you will help advance our scientific mission by providing progressive, robust solutions that benefit the broader scientific community.

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 people with disabilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Supervise and lead the activities of a team of software engineers and scientific programmers.
  • Ensure close ties between the team and stakeholders both within and outside of LASP.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of software for processing and analysis of scientific and engineering data from space science missions – we use a variety of languages (e.g. Python, Java) and both on-premise and Cloud-resident implementations.
  • Advocate for and enable team members and team solutions.
  • Support writing and submitting project proposals.
  • Foster practical and effective best practices and consistency across the team.
  • Coach, mentor and assist professional and student employees with their technical work and professional aspirations.

What You Should Know

  • Occasional travel may be necessary to support remote project meetings or conferences lasting up to 1 week at a time.
  • Flexible remote/on-site work schedule is possible.
  • Due to Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. 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 $150,000-$170,000. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institue 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/BA in a physical or computer science or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Experience leading and/or managing technical teams.
  • Experience with scientific programming, software development, or data processing.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of software development, information systems, and/or data management.
  • Ability to plan and guide activities involving multiple projects and people.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and multi-tasking abilities.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Ability to organize, create plans, and encourage others.
  • Interest in and ability to define, design, and implement software systems and oversee associated project activities.

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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