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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Polymerist position is responsible for completing duties in the polymerics lab related to non-flight and flight space assemblies as outlined by workmanship standards and work instructions provided by the engineer. This person should possess extensive technical expertise to work from detailed drawings and assembly instructions.

While the preferred candidate has 5-8 years of experience in polymerics, we will consider a candidate with other hands-on technical 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

  • Performs complicated polymeric operations on non-flight and flight boards using standard polymeric operations such as mixing, surface prep, masking, staking, bonding, potting, conformal coating, encapsulation, and cleaning.  Works from verbal and written instructions provided by Cog E. Performs rework as required.
  • Provides technical solutions to a wide range of problems. Advises and participates in assembly design in collaboration with the Engineer.
  • Must be able to handle detailed and organized record keeping.
  • Most work occurs independently. Determines and develops approach to solutions.  Works under general direction from supervisor. Receives constructive criticism when necessary and works to improve process based on this information. Communicates with supervisor concerning needs for area, updates on job, or overtime required to complete a job.
  • Demonstrates willingness to share skills and techniques with other production staff.  Collaboration with coworkers is a key aspect to this job position.
  • Complete understanding of technical concepts and standards related to field of work. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Work rarely requires rework after QA inspection.
  • Will be cross trained to perform tasks in other production areas such as electrical assembly, mechanical assembly or the machine shop.
  • Able to obtain and maintain NASA and IPC certifications as specified by LASP Programs.
  • Completes work by agreed upon dates that directly affect programs schedule. Provides reliable estimates for completion of work.
  • Helps maintain lab cleanliness, efficiency, safety guidelines, and calibration of equipment. Helps identify supplies needing to be ordered for lab area.

What You Should Know

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

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $61,663.68 - $117,441.95. 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.

Polymerist Intermediate (Level II): $61,633.68 - $80,168.18

Polymerist Senior (Level III): $74,597.23 - $97,030.13

Polymerist Specialist (Level IV): $90,289.94 -$117,441.95


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

  • Technical or engineering degree. Trade of experience for a degree may be accepted.
  • 5 years’ experience working in a Production related job.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Certified to required NASA and IPC Standards as specified by LASP programs. (for polymerics work NASA 8739.4 for electrical assembly work IPC J-Std-0001).
  • 5-8 years or more experience in Polymeric operations.
  • Knowledgeable and some training in one or several other areas including electrical assembly, machining, metrology and Mechanical Assembly.
  • Experience handling and bonding optics.
  • Experience with a paint gun and working in a paint booth.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Cover letter
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 begin immediately and 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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