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Flight Software Engineer (Levels I-III)

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado is looking for Flight Software (FSW) Engineers for a deep space mission to explore the inner solar system and the asteroid belt. The mission duration is approximately 6-1/2 years in the development phase (launch in 2028) and 6 or more years in the flight phase. 

LASP is seeking Flight Software (FSW) Engineers to participate in the development of software for the deep space mission. A background in embedded microprocessor software development, debug & test, documentation, maintenance is required, as is an understanding of the software development lifecycle. These engineers must have an understanding of the software development lifecycle.  These FSW Engineers may be asked to become the expert on an existing code base and to maintain, modify and add functionality. They may work with other professionals and FSW students. This position reports to the Lead FSW Engineer.

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. LASP is one of the top space science research institutes in the country employing approximately 500 scientists, engineers, support personnel, and students. The University of Colorado 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

  • Support requirements development and tracking.
  • Meet with the Lead on a regular basis to:
    • Plan and coordinate activities
    • Collect status
    • Review metrics
  • Implement and test software in accordance with established standards.
  • Support the development of test plans and procedures.
  • Support test environment configurations.
  • Address and disposition issues and anomalies.
  • Support software code reviews.
  • Participate and report in team meetings and reviews.
  • Work with the Software Quality Assurance Engineer (SQAE).
  • Work to keep FSW development activities within agreed budget, scope, and timeframes.

What You Should Know

  • Able to travel domestically and internationally (up to one trip per quarter).
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

What We Can Offer

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.

  • FSW Level I: $67,774.31 – 88,155.42.
  • FSW Level II: $82,104.44 – 106,792.30.
  • FSW Level III: $99,273.44 – 129,126.98.


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 in Computer Science.
  • 3 years or more of work experience in software field including:
    • C/C++ programming
    • Interrupt service routines, microprocessor architectures, real-time operating systems, hardware interfaces, and low-level communication protocols.
    • Object Oriented Design experience
  • Knowledge of hardware/software interactions, digital logic and FPGAs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

What You Will Need

  • Awareness of the Agile development methodology.
  • Experience with software development tools:  Confluence, Jira, Git.
  • Familiarity with Virtual Machines and Containers (e.g. Docker).
  • Familiarity with NASA’s core Flight System (cFS) software framework.
  • Familiarity with the Real-Time Executive for Multiprocessor Systems (RTEMS) Operating System.
  • Knowledge of the Ada programming language.
  • Experience with scripting languages such as Python.
  • Familiarity with operations associated with Spacecraft commanding and processing telemetry.

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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