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Scientific Programmer

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

This individual will join a team of software engineers to support and develop data centers that process and distribute science data from NASA space science missions. Duties will include development of data analysis and visualization software tools, maintenance and improvement of existing systems, development for new data center functionality, and code reviews for team members. You will work closely with engineers, scientists, and other project participants.

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 research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry, or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop and implement software for processing, management, dissemination, and visualization of scientific and engineering data for space science mission.
  • Apply software engineering best practices in the development process.
  • Support scientists in using software tools.

What You Should Know

** Due to export control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.


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

  • Bachelors degree or higher in a physical science, computer science, or related field or equivalent professional experience.
  • At least 2 years experience programming in Python, and the willingness and ability to learn new languages as necessary.
  • Experience in the design and development of algorithms and software for data management, processing, analysis, and visualization of scientific data sets.
  • Strong interest and aptitude in software engineering best practices and associated tools.

What You Will Need

  • Experience processing and analyzing data from space-based scientific instruments is highly desirable, but not required.
  • Experience using software engineering tools, such as Git, Bitbucket Jenkins, and other Atlassian tools such as Jira and Fisheye/Crucible.

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
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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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