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Flight Dynamics System Engineer - Navigation and Maneuver Design

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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 develop the ground-based Navigation and Maneuver Design system 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. Lead the technical development of the ground-based Navigation and Maneuver Design system for all phases of the project.
  2. Define the system requirements and develop the verification, test and validation plans.
  3. Perform the verification analysis and conduct the verification tests.
  4. Coordinate ground segment integration tests and operational readiness tests.
  5. Perform the flight operations navigation and maneuver design functions.

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 3 years experience or PhD in Aerospace Engineering or equivalent engineering discipline. 

What You Will Need

  • Strong background in radiometric tracking, optical navigation, and maneuver design.
  • Strong background in estimation and filtering techniques. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Five years of engineering experience.
  • Phase B-D Navigation system development experience.
  • Interplanetary spacecraft flight operations experience.
  • Python tool development experience.
  • Experience with tools such as MONTE, Basilisk, GMAT, STK/ODTK.

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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