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ESCAPE Structural Analysis Engineer 3

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) encourages applications for a Structural Analysis Engineer 3 to support structural analysis and structural dynamic testing of space flight instrumentation. This position will participate in the design, development, and testing of the Extreme ultraviolet Stellar Characterization for Atmospheric Physics and Evolution (ESCAPE) mission, which provides the first comprehensive study of the stellar EUV environments that control atmospheric massloss and determine the habitability of rocky exoplanets. CU-LASP is the mission prime and PI institution and supplies the science instrument along with project system engineering to guide the mission design and development. ESCAPE is a NASA astrophysics Small Explorer mission architected to launch in late-2025. LASP also provides mission operations and science data processing services to the mission.

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

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only academic research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Perform structural analysis on space flight instruments containing opto-mechanical systems, mechanisms, and electronic packages using finite element analysis (FEA) and classical hand calculations, for loads development, stress analysis, and fatigue analysis.
  • Use Femap with NX Nastran to create a finite element model (FEM) of the instrument and work with the spacecraft bus provider to integrate the instrument into a higher-level observatory FEM.
  • Use SolidWorks for geometry creation/manipulation/interrogation for FEM creation and editing.
  • Use Matlab, MathCAD, Microsoft Excel, or other similar programs for analysis tool creation.
  • Create detailed structural analysis reports.
  • Support structural dynamic testing of space flight hardware including vibration testing and modal testing, including the creation of detailed test procedures and test reports.

What You Should Know

  • This position is contingent upon ESCAPE winning the NASA Astro-SMEX award.
  • Upon notification of funding, the start date for this position will be January 2022. Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply

What We Can Offer

$89,621.00 - $125,555.00.


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What We Require

  • BS or higher degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical field.
  • At least 5 years of directly related experience performing structural analysis using finite element analysis (FEA) and classical hand calculations for loads development, stress analysis, and fatigue analysis.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to function well in a team-based environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be able to show initiative, resourcefulness, and creativity.
  • Ability to take ownership of the structural analysis and work independently as the primary structural analyst on the program.
  • Significant experience with Nastran performing structural analysis of aerospace or space components under random vibration, sine vibration, quasi-static acceleration, and thermal deformation loads.
  • Familiarity with solid modeling CAD program.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • MS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or related technical field from an accredited institution.
  • Experience with Femap with Simcenter (NX) Nastran.
  • Experience with Ansys.
  • Familiarity with Solidworks.
  • Programming skills (Visual Basic, Python, Matlab, etc.)
  • Experience with structural analysis of opto-mechanical systems and mechanisms.
  • Experience conducting structural analysis on NASA programs and conforming to NASA standards.
  • Vibration test and modal test experience.
  • Knowledge of force limited vibration testing.
  • Experience with FEM correlation to structural dynamic test results.

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.

Review of applications will begin as they are received. The position will 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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