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Research Engineer

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Precision Laser Diagnostics Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a driven, multi-skilled individual to support a diverse range of projects as Research Engineer. In this role you will perform design, fabrication, and field support for multiple projects, and serve as technical manager for the lab.

Who We Are

Hands-on learning, advanced research, and an entrepreneurial spirit are defining the next generation of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering learn from a vibrant faculty conducting diverse research in consumer products, robotics, thermodynamics, energy, and the environment. We’re home to nearly 1,200 students in undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs.

We offer world-class facilities and an unrivaled spirit for business and industry. CU Boulder is ranked the #18th most entrepreneurial university in the nation by Forbes Magazine (2015). We also have strong connections to multiple national laboratories located here in Boulder, providing real-world research opportunities for students.

The Precision Laser Diagnostics Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the University of Colorado develops and deploys laser-based sensors to solve problems across atmospheric, combustion, and industrial systems. The vibrant group is composed of students, professional researchers and engineers with diverse skill sets. We place strong emphasis on entrepreneurship in academic pursuits, from challenging the traditional ways that research has been carried out in a particular field, to actively commercializing technologies that can have a positive impact on our future.  Our current projects range from methane leak detection around oil and gas operations to laboratory studies in support of wildland fire, exoplanetary, and industrial processes.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Hands-On Engineering 
  • Design, fabrication, and field support to facilitate ground-breaking research, including:
    • Instrumentation CAD / fabrication / procurement.
    • Optical design and fabrication.
    • Electronics design and programming.
    • Large-scale facility design and support.
Administration and Organization
  • Manage laboratory facilities.
  • Manage budgeting and procurement of laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Interact with campus and departmental personnel, as well as governmental agencies and collaborators for scheduling and coordination of activities.


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.

Be Statements

Be Ambitious. Be Pioneering. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience with basic financial management is a plus but not required.
  • Component and System Design and Troubleshooting.
  • Machining (Mill, Lathe).
  • Soldering (Thru Hole & Surface Mount).
  • Programming experience (Python desired, or Matlab/C++ and willingness to learn).
  • Microsoft office proficiency.

What You Will Need

  • Self-driven, reliable.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Adaptable.
  • Very strong professional communication and organizational skills.
  • Interest in field work.

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 of Recommendation
Review of applications will begin upon receipt; 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 Name: Marilyn Decalo

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer