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EMA Deputy Mission Systems 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 a senior Systems Engineer to join an intriguing asteroid exploration mission currently at the design stage. The role will function as a deputy to the Mission Systems Engineer and be relied upon to contribute to mission-level architecture decisions for this interplanetary science mission. The successful candidate will be asked to contribute across the spectrum of classical systems engineering, including requirements management, interface control, planning and execution of milestone reviews, ConOps, risk management, configuration management and integration of specialty engineering functions. The role will also contribute to integration and test planning and mission operations. The mission is being implemented in partnership with the government of the United Arab Emirates and international travel will occasionally be required.
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 (CU) began in 1948. We are a world-recognized space science research institute that implements the full life cycle of science missions from the definition of the science questions through the development of space flight hardware and the subsequent mission operations. We are the only research institute in the world to have sent science instruments to all eight planets, Pluto, and beyond the solar system. LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry, or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration. LASP is an affiliate of CU Boulder Aerospace Ventures, a collaboration among aerospace-related departments, institutes, centers, government labs, and industry partners.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

As a senior member of the SE team, you will be relied upon to provide mentorship and guidance for more junior team members concerning any aspect of recognized SE practice.

You will have a role across all shared aspects of the mission-level SE effort:
  • Provide leadership through gateway technical reviews
  • Contribute to mission-level architecture decisions
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the Systems Engineering Management Plan
  • Provide direction for mission-level trade studies
  • Act as technical liaison with internal and external customers and partners
In addition, this role will be primarily responsible for the following specific tasks within the mission SE portfolio:
  • Coordinate the concept of operations and strategic operational planning
  • Manage technical resource allocations and margins
  • Trend technical resource utilization and oversee technical performance metrics
  • Manage the interface between the space segment and the ground segment
  • Ensure the integrity of data transfer from the science instruments, through the spacecraft, to the ground, and through ground data processing
  • Coordinate mission-level anomaly management function and chair the Anomaly Review Board

What You Should Know

  • Due to ITAR requirements, only US citizens and permanent residents may apply.
  • International travel will be required.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $132,137.16 - $171,873.49. 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 or higher degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or a related technical field from an accredited institution.
  • At least 10 years of systems engineering experience in an aerospace R&D environment.
  • Detailed understanding of established systems engineering practice as implemented by NASA, ESA, and INCOSE.
  • The knowledge of when not to rely on established systems engineering practice as implemented by NASA, ESA, and INCOSE.
  • A technical background in an engineering discipline other than systems engineering (electrical, mechanical, optical, I&T, software, etc.)

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of the complete space mission lifecycle and hands-on experience at every point in that lifecycle (not necessarily on the same mission).
  • Commitment, reliability, and the willingness to contribute where needed to get the job done.
  • A mission-level perspective of major aerospace projects and programs.
  • Ability to function well in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for projects and work independently.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience working on small body missions
  • Familiarity with electric propulsion missions
  • Knowledge of IBM® Engineering Requirements Management DOORS® Next and Atlassian products (Jira, Confluence)
  • Familiarity with launch vehicle interfaces.

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.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for two references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Applications will be screened as they are received. The position 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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