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Flight Director I

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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 encouraging applications for people with spacecraft and instrument testing and operations experience to support the development and operations of NASA and private space missions ranging from small cubesats to large decade-long projects. Project scientific goals span Astrophysics to Planetary to Solar to Earth Atmospheric and Climate missions. Every day our team strives to bring creative and innovative ideas to solve challenging problems. As a member of our team, you will apply your unique abilities to the development of ground systems to support the integration and test of components prior to launch and continue on through flight operations and end-of-mission activities. Your contribution will be essential to the success of our missions and will support the science community in furthering our understanding of the universe around us.

Our team works closely together and collaborates with scientists, data processing specialists, engineers, students, and other colleagues and partners. We are looking for applicants that connect and communicate well with mixed teams of students, scientists, and engineers, and also external customers such as the science community and NASA personnel. Applicants need to be able to learn quickly and balance competing priorities. On-the-job training is expected and mentoring/support is an important component of our organization.

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 is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Lead a team of engineers to develop, test, and operate flight hardware and ground systems to support scientific research.
  • Develop, maintain and report on project schedules.
  • Organize and lead team meetings.
  • Communicate project status to your team and management.
  • Manage team workload of mission specific tasks.
  • Work with external customers and partners.
  • Actively participate in the software development process.
  • Analyze and validate software functions to meet mission requirements.
  • Develop and maintain procedures for testing and flight operations.
  • Develop scripts in support of testing and flight operations.
  • Improve operations concepts and methodologies.
  • Lead troubleshooting and investigation of mission anomalies and direct recovery activities of both flight and ground systems.
  • Conduct real time spacecraft/satellite/instrument flight operations.
  • Lead detailed subsystem performance analysis and produce recommendations based on the results.
  • Perform routine trend analysis on spacecraft and instrument telemetry.
  • Support on-call operations during off-hours (nights, holidays, and weekends) as needed.
  • Train and certify student command controllers.
  • Train Flight Controllers.

What You Should Know

  • Occasional travel may be necessary to support remote instrument/project activities
  • Flexible work schedules are possible
  • Due to U.S. Export Control Requirements, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

$108,400.00 – 135,000.00.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, computer science, a physical science, or related field.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work well within a team environment.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to motivate and direct a medium size development team.
  • Establish and maintain good interpersonal and intergroup relationships.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with project management.
  • Ability to perform basic programming tasks such as writing scripts, shell scripting.
  • Experience working in and leading small teams.
  • Knowledge of spacecraft operations.
  • Knowledge of UNIX/LINUX.
  • Knowledge of intermediate coding principles.
  • Proficient with Atlassian tools.
  • Working knowledge of CCSDS standards.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in spacecraft/space instrument engineering or operations.

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 start immediately and 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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