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Principal Electrical Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado is encouraging applications for a Principal Electrical Engineer (EE) to join our team for the Libera instrument program. Libera ( will continue the 40-year space measurement of the Earth’s outgoing radiation. The Principal EE will manage the Electrical Engineering team in the detailed design, hardware fabrication, test, and integration of the instrument’s electrical subsystems. As part of the technical management team, they will serve as a Cost Account Manager for Earned Value Management.

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 is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Leadership, mentorship, and oversight of a team of five to ten Electrical Engineers.
  • Provide technical guidance and direction of the electrical design as the Electrical System domain expert.
  • Collaborate with Instrument Systems Engineers on the development of electrical requirements and verification plans.
  • Work closely with supply chain management on the procurement and subcontract of electrical parts, and components to ensure on time delivery.
  • Actively monitor and control the Electrical design, development, manufacture, and test of the Electrical system to maintain delivery within technical, cost, and schedule constraints.
  • Work closely with the Instrument Program Management as a member of the program leadership team.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Program Management and LASP’s customer.
  • Responsible for establishing, maintaining, and forecasting Control Account budgets, schedules, and performance measurements for Earned Value Management.

What You Should Know

  • Able to travel domestically (up to one trip per quarter).
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $120,000.00 - $188,000.00. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.


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 Electrical Engineering or related field with 15-years of experience. 

What You Will Need

  • Breadth in many areas of the electrical systems for space applications and depth designing in at least three areas below:
    • Harnesses
    • GSE (H/W and S/W)
    • Embedded Design (H/W and S/W)
    • Digital PWB design
    • Digital FPGA (VHDL/Verilog) design
    • Analog/Detector/Mechanism Control/Monitoring
    • Low-noise, precision analog
    • Power Conversion (LVPS/HVPS)
    • Parts & Radiation Engineer
    • Layout techniques and management
    • Especially signal and power integrity, and mixed signal grounding methods
    • EMI/EMC design methods and test procedures
    • ESD mitigation, vacuum systems, thermal management
    • Electrical test and design verification
    • Analysis tools, common software tools, test integration software
    • Workmanship standards required by NASA
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • A willingness to mentor/teach.
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project).
  • Knowledgeable in other engineering fields (systems, mechanical, flight software, thermal, optical).
  • Experience leading design teams within an Integrated Product Team organizational structure.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with schematic design tools (OrCad, Allegro, Eagle, Altium).
  • Experience with simulation tools (PSpice & LTSpice).
  • Experience with layout tools (OrCad, Allegro, Eagle, Altium).
  • Experience in building instruments through their full lifecycle (concept development, requirements derivation, analysis, design, integration, test/verification, and launch).
  • Experience with DOORS Next Generation, Python, Matlab, or other engineering software.
  • Management Experience in an Earned Value Management (EVM) environment.

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.

For first consideration please apply by 2/14/22. Position will remain posted 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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