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Instrument Systems Engineering Integration and Test Lead

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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) is looking for an experienced and qualified Instrument Systems Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT) Lead to lead and oversee the Assembly, Integration, and Test program on Extreme ultraviolet Stellar Characterization for Atmospheric Physics and Evolution (ESCAPE). The ESCAPE mission 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 systems engineering to guide the mission design and development. ESCAPE is a NASA astrophysics Small Explorer mission planned for 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

  • Applies engineering experiences across a wide breadth of fundamental engineering fields to support integration and test phases of space flight system development programs.
  • Work with scientists, engineers, and operations personnel to define requirements for space flight hardware performance with a focus on testability.
  • Define detailed hardware and software integration and test programs for flight and non-flight space systems.
  • Architect and implement support equipment for space flight verification programs.
  • Conduct trade studies supporting space systems requirement identification and verification strategies.
  • Manage cross-functional teams of engineers, operations personnel, subcontractors, and assemblers to implement space flight systems integration and test programs. Manage within cost, schedule, and resource constraints of the established project baseline.
  • Develop subcontract specifications and statements of work for subcontracts supporting integration and test activities.
  • Provide oversight and support execution of environmental testing of space flight systems, including mechanical, thermal, electrical, and electromagnetic testing.
  • Provide oversight and support execution of performance testing of space flight systems, including calibration or characterization testing.
  • Provide input into proposals specifically for the development of project integration and test activities and resource identification.
  • Contribute to the development of LASP body of knowledge to improve SEIT group processes and tools.

What You Should Know

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

What We Can Offer

$119,000.00 - $150,000.00.


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

  • At least 5 years of integration & test experience on space programs.
  • BS/BA or higher-level degree in engineering or applied sciences.

What You Will Need

  • Experience with integration and test of a space flight program.
  • Experience working in cleanroom environments with ESD sensitive hardware.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • A great teammate that is reliable, accessible, and willing to contribute where needed to get the job done.
  • Domestic travel required (approximately one trip per quarter with additional travel required to support).

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience on NASA science missions.
  • Experience in integration and test on flight instrument programs.
  • Experience with configuration management, anomaly management, risk management, and system safety.
  • Strong familiarity with LABVIEW and MATLAB.
  • Familiarity with OASIS-CC, STOL, or CSTOL.

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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