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Mission System Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

LASP is seeking an experienced systems engineer to support the development of concepts and proposals that will contribute to its portfolio of world-class science endeavors.

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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Lead the systems engineering effort for designated proposals, from kick-off to proposal submission.
  • Architect the technical implementation that meets stakeholder needs, within cost, schedule, and technical constraints.
  • Take ownership of the technical aspects of assigned solicitation responses and ensure successful completion on time.
  • Support development of science, cost, heritage, sections needing technical input. 
  • Facilitate capture teams by coordinating technical team efforts that result in a concept implementation that closes.
  • Support Capture Review(s) and Color Team Reviews for assigned proposal by representing the technical implementation.
  • Discover the needs of the customer by asking the right questions, articulating solutions, and suggesting the right solution. 
  • Responsible for prioritizing efforts to meet dynamic workload and schedule shifts
  • Work with little to no direction or guidance to identify, structure and articulate a winning approach
  • Ensure proposal meets all requirements.
  • Recommend proposal and project improvements.
  • Develop and maintain technical budgets and supporting products for proposal efforts.
  • Able to transition to a flight development program after a year in this position.

What We Can Offer

  • Level III $104,465.00 - $135,880.00.
  • Level IV $126,447.00 - $164,472.00.
  • 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/BA or higher-level degree in engineering or applied sciences.
  • Ability to travel 5%-10% domestically.
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • Experience architecting mission or system concepts that meet stakeholder functional and performance needs.

  • Experience developing responses to solicitations in a similar organization servicing Federal Government announcements of opportunity.   
  • Experience developing compliance matrices, outlines, storyboards, page allocation, themes, discriminators, etc.
  • Works independently to identify, structure, and articulate a winning approach for solicitation responses.
  • Experience assessing technical, financial, schedule, or other associated risks with solicitations.
  • Has working knowledge of NASA standards and specifications.
  • Experience interviewing customers to ensure understanding of requirements and development of effective solutions.
  • Knowledge of federal government contracting acquisition and proposal processes, and experience with large proposal efforts.

What You Will Need

  • Team player, willing to contribute where needed to get the job done.
  • A dynamic, hands-on leader capable of instilling passion to win, excellence, adherence to deadlines, accountability, and success.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills, both written and verbal, with emphasis on articulating and writing effectively and efficiently.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools including Project, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience developing presentations for project leadership.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, delivering high quality work consistently against tight deadlines.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Minimum 5 years of aerospace industry experience with one or more years proposal experience. 
  • Experience as lead or deputy systems engineer on mission or system.
  • Able to transition into systems engineering role on a flight development program after a year in this position.

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 be open until finalists have been identified.

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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