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Operations Software Manager

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

LASP is seeking an individual to manage our Operations Software (OSW) department, which develops and maintains software systems used to operate NASA space missions. Our team strives to bring creative and innovative ideas to solve exciting problems. As the manager of the OSW department, you will apply your unique abilities to guide an enthusiastic technical team who support multiple NASA missions. The department is responsible for the development of software architectures and tools for satellite command and control, planning and scheduling, data processing, and operation and maintenance of these systems. You will be essential to fostering a sense of teamwork and a team culture that values creativity, collaboration, commitment, empathy, work-life balance, critical thinking and problem solving, and diversity of thought.

The OSW Manager is responsible for overall supervision and guidance to the department, which consists of approximately 22 professionals and students.

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 beyond. Applicants will need to flexibly balance priorities across team members.

Join our team of professionals and students developing and operational software systems for NASA space mission operations. Every day, we innovate and problem-solve to tackle exciting 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

  • Leadership and Management: Lead the OSW Department strategically, supervising staff, guiding team performance, and fostering professional development.
  • Proposal Support and Resource Management: Handle budgeting and staffing for the OSW Department, and assist in writing mission proposals.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster close relationships with stakeholders both within and outside of LASP, representing and promoting the OSW Department's capabilities.
  • Strategic Problem-Solving: Collaborate across LASP teams to identify and address needs, ensuring practical and effective solutions.
  • Cultural Stewardship: Cultivate a positive team culture, emphasizing best practices, teamwork, collaboration, and consistency.

What You Should Know

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

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $175,917.55 - $228,819.52. 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/BA in a physical or computer science or related field.<10+ years of related work experience.5+ years of management experience.
  • Experience leading and/or managing software teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically plan and direct activities and functions involving multiple projects.

What You Will Need

  • Software development experience in modern programming languages and the Linux operating system.
  • Experience in Software Team Management, the Software Lifecycle, and Agile Processes.
  • 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

  • Interest in and ability to define and lead the implementation and modernization of software systems.
  • Technical familiarity with software process technologies.

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 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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