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Mechanical Engineer III

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

LASP is searching for a Mechanical Engineer to support space flight instrumentation designs and proposal efforts. This role will invent solutions to complex mechanical design challenges. 

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 at the University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest research institutes at the University of Colorado Boulder. With a focus on solar, stellar, space plasma, atmospheric and planetary sciences, LASP employs both experimental and theoretical approaches to answer key science questions. Since its inception in 1948, LASP has developed, operated, and analyzed the data from scientific instrumentation for solar science, Earth atmospheric, planetary, deep-space, and Earth-orbiting spacecraft missions investigating the Sun, all eight planets, Pluto, and beyond. The progressive development of research capabilities and the use of innovative technologies in pursuit of emerging research initiatives ensures a continued leadership role for LASP in today’s growing “new space” era.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Responsibilities may include:

  • Generating opto-mechanical designs.
  • Work on dust instrumentation designs.
  • Work on internal LASP proposals.
  • Contribute to LASP ME department when required.
  • Modeling hardware in SolidWorks and using PDM Pro.
  • Using ANSYS Workbench and or NASTRAN to verify design solutions.
  • Creating drawings using Solidworks and applying GD&T to the drawing.
  • Interface with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Document interfaces and requirements.
  • Generate mechanical solutions for various proposal effort.
  • Perform other mechanical engineering tasks including mass properties, harness routing, production planning, etc.

What You Should Know

  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $99,273.44 - $129,126.98. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. 


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 degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline from an accredited institution.
  • At least six years of experience.
  • Hybrid work days to be agreed upon with project manager and department head.
  • Due to Export Control Restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to function well in a team based environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Resourcefulness and creativity.
  • Knowledgeable of spaceflight instruments, mechanisms and spacecraft.
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for projects and work independently.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • MS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline from an accredited institution.
  • CAD design experience with SolidWorks.
  • Experience creating mechanical drawings.
  • Designing and building opto-mechanical instruments.
  • Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Previous experience working on proposals a plus.

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 (maximum 2 pages).
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.

Review of applications will start immediately and will remain posted 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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