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ESCAPE Thermal Engineer IV

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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 Thermal Engineer to join our team. This position will participate in the design, development, testing, and operations 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 mass-loss 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

  • Responsible for full cycle thermal control system design from initial concept through mission operations.
  • Work closely with scientists and engineers in the design and development of spaceflight hardware.
  • Develop the thermal control system architecture and requirements, work with customers to establish and manage thermal interfaces.
  • Perform thermal analysis of spaceflight hardware, including passive and active thermal control systems, structures, mechanisms, electronics, optical systems, and cryogenic components.
  • Present and defend the thermal control system design to internal and external review teams.
  • Create technical specifications for procured or subcontracted items.
  • Support assembly, integration, and test activities.
  • Plan and direct the thermal vacuum testing of spaceflight hardware, including test plan/procedure development, GSE, staffing, and post-test thermal model correlation.
  • May supervise one or more student assistants.

What You Should Know

  • This position is contingent upon ESCAPE winning the NASA Astro-SMEX award.
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

What We Can Offer

$118,000.00 - $142,000.00.


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 Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical field.
  • At least 5 years of directly related experience in the field of aerospace thermal engineering and design is required as well as experience with Thermal Desktop or other thermal analysis tools.

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.
  • Knowledgeable of spaceflight instruments and spacecraft.
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for projects and work independently.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Familiarity with requirements generation and verification.
  • Prior experience specifying, procuring, and installing thermal control hardware.
  • Some hands-on experience working with MLI blankets.
  • Thermal vacuum testing experience.
  • Quick turn conceptual design experience for proposal work.

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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