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Flight Dynamics System Engineer - Autonomous Navigation

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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 Professional Research Assistant with Flight Dynamics System (FDS) experience to support the development of autonomous navigation systems for one of several proposals that have been submitted.

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 research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  1. Develop, integrate, test and operate autonomous, on-board guidance and navigation systems.
  2. Develop the simulation for analysis and test verification of the autonomous systems.
  3. Systems engineering interface between the Flight Dynamics Systems Team and the Spacecraft Systems Team. 

What You Should Know

This position is contingent on a successful program win. Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply. 


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

  • Master’s degree with three years experience or PhD in Aerospace Engineering or equivalent engineering discipline.

What You Will Need

  • Strong background in autonomous navigation systems.
  • Strong background in radiometric tracking, optical navigation, maneuver design, and flight path control.
  • Strong background in estimation and filtering techniques. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Five years of engineering experience.
  • Phase B-D Guidance, Navigation & Control system experience.
  • Simulation system development experience.
  • Interplanetary spacecraft flight operations experience.
  • Python tool development experience.
  • Experience with autonomous software systems such as AutoNav or SMARTNav and simulation systems such as Basilisk. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is 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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