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Senior System Engineer

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is seeking applications for a senior system engineer for proposal developments.

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

  • Lead the systems engineering effort for designated proposals, from kick-off to proposal submission.
  • Design the technical implementation that meets stakeholder needs, within cost, schedule, and technical constraints.
  • Take ownership of the technical aspects of assigned solicitation responses and ensure successful completion on time.
  • Support development of science, cost, heritage, sections needing technical input.
  • Discover the needs of the customer by asking the right questions, articulating solutions, and suggesting the right solution.
  • Prioritize efforts to meet dynamic workload and schedule.
  • Work with little to no direction or guidance to identify, structure, and articulate a winning approach.
  • Ensure proposal meets all requirements.
  • Recommend proposal and project improvements
  • Develop and maintain technical budgets and supporting products for proposal efforts.
  • Incorporate LASP strategic initiatives into the proposal implementation.
  • Facilitate capture teams by coordinating technical team efforts that result in a concept implementation that closes.
  • Support Capture Reviews and Color Team Reviews for assigned proposal by representing the technical implementation.

What You Should Know

 Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. 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

  • B.A./B.S. Degree.
  • Minimum of 10 years of aerospace industry experience with proposal experience.

What You Will Need

  • A dynamic, hands‐on leader capable of instilling passion to win, excellence, adherence to deadlines, team accountability, and success.
  • Skilled at architecting mission or space flight system concepts that meet stakeholder functional and performance needs.
  • Skilled at developing responses to solicitations in a similar organization servicing Federal Government announcements of opportunity.
  • Skilled at developing compliance matrices, outlines, storyboards, themes, discriminators, etc.
  • Works independently to identify, structure, and articulate a winning approach for solicitation responses.
  • Skilled at assessing technical, financial, schedule, or other associated risks with solicitations.
  • Has working knowledge of NASA standards and specifications.
  • Skilled at interviewing customers to ensure understanding of requirements and development of effective solutions.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills, both written and verbal, with emphasis on articulating and writing effectively and efficiently.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools including Project, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Skilled at communicating complex concepts and ideas to leadership.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, delivering high quality work consistently against tight deadlines.
  • Basic knowledge of federal government contracting acquisition and proposal processes, and experience with large proposal efforts.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Two or more years of experience contributing to and/or managing proposals.
  • Experience as lead or deputy systems engineer on mission or system.
  • Able to transition into role on flight development program.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Review of applications will begin on immediately and will continue 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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