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Research Mechanical Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Aerospace Engineering Sciences department at CU Boulder is seeking applicants for a full-time Mechanical Engineer. The anticipated start date would be as soon as possible.

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 position will be located in the new Aerospace Engineering Sciences building at CU Boulder. and will work in the Lightning, Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and Radiation Belts (LAIR) research group led by Professor Robert A. Marshall. The LAIR research group is a part of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR). The LAIR research group conducts research on the space environment and its impact on society. The group currently consists of the PI, one research associate, one postdoctoral scholar, nine Ph.D. students, and five BS/MS students. The group is building three CubeSat missions, along with ground-based instrumentation, and conducts satellite data analysis and numerical modeling of various effects in the space environment.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This engineer will work within the Lightning, Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and Radiation Belts (LAIR) research group, led by Prof. Robert Marshall. The LAIR research group is currently developing three CubeSat missions and an array of ground-based instrumentation to make remote observations in the service of space physics. This engineer will assist in the design, fabrication, assembly, and testing of CubeSat and ground instrument hardware. The engineer will also perform thermal and structural analysis of components, subsystems, and entire systems. With two of the CubeSats expecting the launch in early 2023, integration and test will also be a critical component of the engineer's efforts. This may include designing and fabricating test fixtures, conducting tests, and assisting the team in test data analysis.

What You Should Know

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 is $65,000-85,000 per year, depending on years of experience.


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 in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Extensive experience designing in Solidworks.
  • Experience with structural / vibrational analysis in Solidworks.
  • Experience using Thermal Desktop.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, or BS + one or more years engineering experience.
  • Experience integrating and testing complete systems.
  • Experience machining or working with machine shops.
  • Knowledge of satellite systems, subsystems, and basic requirements.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Reference Letter
  4. Transcripts/Proof of Degree
    • 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. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an attachment.
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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