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LAIR Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) seeks a qualified electrical engineer with a wide range of skills in developing electronics for scientific instruments. This person will be engaged in the design and development of electronics and software for scientific instruments that will be remotely deployed, as well as electronics for small satellites. The typical electronics needs include analog electronics (amplifiers, filters, etc); analog-to-digital converters (ADCs); power regulation and distribution; and data handling using microcontrollers and/or FPGAs. 

This engineer will lead some of our instrument development projects and will mentor and assist undergraduate and graduate students on other projects. Currently, we have 6+ development projects ongoing, so there are opportunities to work on a wide variety of instrumentation. These instruments make a variety of measurements, including but not limited to atmospheric electric fields; impulsive signals from lightning; X-rays emitted by the Earth’s atmosphere; and the Earth’s magnetic field. 

Who We Are

The Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) is dedicated to the study of astrodynamics and the application of satellites to science, navigation, and remote sensing of the Earth and planets.

Hosted by the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, CCAR was established in 1985 as a key component of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s emphasis on space science. CCAR brings together a multidisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students to enhance our understanding of the Earth and the solar system through satellite missions and observations.

Research emphasis areas include astrodynamics, which involves orbital and attitude motion of Earth satellites, interplanetary spacecraft, and planetary bodies; global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) used for orbit determination, remote sensing, and vehicle navigation, and remote sensing of the Earth’s surface, gravity field, oceans, atmosphere and space.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

See job summary above.

What You Should Know

The Lightning, Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and Radiation Belts (LAIR) research group at CU Boulder conducts research on the space environment and its impact on society. The group currently consists of the PI, two research associates, seven PhD students, and five BS/MS students. 

The position will start as soon as possible.


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

  • BS Degree, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering

What You Will Need

  • PCB assembly and testing skills.
  • Some mechanical skills for assembling instrumentation: CAD design (Solidworks), machining, etc.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • MS degree. 
  • Experience with analog circuit design, schematics, and PCB layout.
  • Experience with digital circuit design, schematics, and layout.
  • FPGA design experience (Xilinx and/or Microsemi).
  • Preferred 1+ years of industry experience.
  • Experience with MATLAB a plus.
  • Previous experience with management of UNIX systems.
  • Mentoring experience, or a strong interest in mentoring.
  • Experience with laboratory electronics testing.
  • Software: C/C++, Python, experience with microcontrollers.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Proof of Degree 
    • The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree.
  4. Letter(s) of Recommendation
Applications will be accepted 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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