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Electrical Ground System Equipment Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is looking for experienced and qualified Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) design/build engineers dedicated to developing new architectures, systems, and technologies for supporting the electronic test and integration of the spacecraft and instruments for a deep space mission that will tour the inner solar system and explore the asteroid belt. Launch is March of 2028. In this role, you will work side-by-side with the spacecraft subsystem teams to identify and develop electronics and test systems designed to interface with and simulate spacecraft in-flight operations. We are looking to fill roles from Engineer I-Engineer IV (0-15 years of experience).

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

As an EGSE Design engineer, you will be responsible for developing solutions for the spacecraft Assembly Integration, and Test (AIT) team. You will be involved with the design and production of specialized test equipment (racks, test fixtures, digital/analog/communications interface cards, harnesses, etc) for a scientific research spacecraft. Your daily work may include schematic capture, mixed signal PCB layout, embedded software development and testing, FPGA design and simulation, mechanical/ packaging design, schedule development, and subcontracts technical management.

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 $75,000 - $178,000. 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

Applicant should be experienced with either design or testing of aerospace electronics and have a strong background in physics, electrical, computer or related field of engineering. The ideal candidate has supported previous scientific spacecraft or instrument development programs and has familiarity with environmental testing (thermal-vacuum, EMI/EMC, vibration, etc).

Job Duties:

  • EGSE developers work with a wide range of electronic hardware, embedded software, FPGA code, and test rack hardware elements to create complex systems for test and evaluation of spacecraft electrical systems.
  • Work with engineering staff and chief engineers in the concept development and production design, integration, and test of spacecraft electrical ground support equipment (EGSE).
  • Design and implement EGSE for use in component and space vehicle test activities.
  • Support integration of hardware in the loop and spacecraft simulators.
  • Utilize knowledge of design with standard lab equipment to troubleshoot issues that occur during test to ensure quality final product.
  • Develop firmware, hardware, and software needed for a comprehensive solution for test equipment.
  • Ensure configuration of EGSE is documented and maintained.
  • Support conduct of subsystem and program design reviews.
  • Under general supervision, initiate and develop designs, techniques, and solutions to resolve advanced technical engineering problems.
  • Generate EGSE solutions for new project needs, perform engineering analyses for systems and circuits, document findings, communicate results to engineering staff, and give technical presentations.
  • Direct the activities of technicians and students, and, if appropriate, direct the activities of less experienced professional staff.
  • Communicate with colleagues and management throughout solution development and deployment cycles.
  • Mentor junior engineers at LASP and within our customer organization.

What You Will Need

  • BS/BA or higher-level degree in engineering or applied sciences.
  • (We are looking to fill roles with 0-15 years of experience).
  • Previous work on design of analog and digital electronics or similar
  • Familiarity with debugging using test equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, DAQs, and other common laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast paced, dynamic work environment where a hands-on approach is needed start-to-finish.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, standards and technical requirements.
  • Ability to perform data analysis and reduction and present technical information in a clear and compelling visual format.
  • Motivated self-starter with interest in creative solutions to challenging problems.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including presentations to large audiences.
  • Team player, willing to contribute where needed to get the job done.
  • Travel: Domestic travel required to visit subcontractors, etc. International travel required for milestone reviews, TIMs, final testing, or launch site activities (estimated two trips per year, maximum).

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience working through and managing electrical engineering life cycle including design and test of hardware.
  • Experience developing FPGA code (VHDL), firmware, or software used with embedded systems.
  • Experience with part selection, INST-002 derating, and parts procurement process.
  • Experience working in cleanroom environments with ESD sensitive hardware.
  • Experience handling and testing flight hardware.
  • Familiarity with spacecraft electrical and CD&H systems.
  • Familiarity with PCB layout software and PCB manufacturing process.
  • Experience with scripting and coding languages including python, ruby, Matlab, and C/C++.
  • Experience with logistics and shipping sensitive or complex hardware.
  • Experience with environmental tests, test standards, and apparatus for space flight systems.
  • Familiarity with information systems and computer network technologies.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

This position will remain posted until finalists have been identified. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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