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Instrument Engineer III - Calibration Facilities Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Instrument Engineer III – Calibration Facilities Engineer guides and participates in the operation and maintenance of the LASP hardware test facilities and associated ground support equipment. They also support calibration and test activities for flight-based, scientific instruments and satellites. Candidates for this job will have hands-on vacuum hardware experience and strong interpersonal and collaboration skills for interfacing facility maintenance with science-based objectives.

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 leads with a science driven approach and is the only research institute in the world that has sent at least one instrument to the sun, the moon, every planet in the solar system, Pluto, and beyond. We are a non-profit organization with over 500 professionals and over 100 students with broad technical capabilities who highly value our culture of excellence. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop, upgrade, operate, repair, and maintain the LASP hardware calibration facilities, laboratories, and systems including:
    • Thermal vacuum test facilities
    • Specialized optical test facilities, including coherent and incoherent light sources from the XUV to the thermal infrared
    • Specialized dust and particle test facilities
    • Vacuum bake-out facilities
    • Helium recovery systems
    • Nitrogen distribution systems
    • Instrument Integration and Calibration Cleanrooms
  • Coordinate test schedules for calibration facilities across stakeholders
  • Participate in LASP instrument and satellite builds and tests with responsibilities including:
    • Support the development of test plans and configurations for calibrations and environmental tests for external and internal project teams
    • Update test facility configurations to meet calibration and test requirements
    • Execution of calibration and environmental tests
  • Interface and coordinate with external partners/customers interested in using LASP facilities for testing
  • Interface and coordinate with vendors who supply components/equipment and services for LASP facilities
  • Coordinate with and draw input from the instrument engineering department members regarding facility maintenance and development.
  • Generate, maintain, and unify documentation of calibration facility interfaces, capabilities, and work instructions

What You Should Know

  • Physical laboratory work with vacuum, optical, electrical, and mechanical systems. This includes prolonged periods of working in a laboratory environment with various types of operational vacuum pumps, replacing and modifying components on small and large vacuum systems, lifting and moving of vacuum system components (up to 35 pounds), and working with and moving wheeled 230L LN2 dewars. 
  • Due to export control restrictions only US persons (US citizens, US lawful permanent residents), or asylees/refugees under specific Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) amnesty provisions may apply.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range is $98,500 - $120,000. 


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 in Physical Sciences or Engineering.
  • Five years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with basic machine shop tools and electrical assembly.
  • Experience with LabView.
  • Experience with MATLAB and/or Python.

What You Will Need

  • Proficient in operating complex vacuum test systems.
  • Advanced hardware test and debugging skills.
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Understanding of electronic circuits.
  • Understanding of physics underlying complex test facilities, instruments, and detector subsystems.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree.

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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