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Small Satellite Project Manager

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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- or part-time Project Manager to support a number of small satellite developments. The project manager 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.

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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The position would start as soon as possible. The project manager will develop and maintain project schedules and budgets; interface with sponsors (NSF, NASA, and NGA) to manage schedule and deliverables; interface with vendors for component acquisition; and work with the engineering teams to manage the development progress. The teams for these missions include faculty, professional engineers, and students ranging from undergraduates to PhD students. With two of the CubeSats expected to launch in early 2024, management of the integration and test phases will be an integral part of the effort. The project manager will continue in this role through the launch of these missions and into the data collection, analysis, and science phase of the missions. In addition to the CubeSat missions, the project manager will help manage other projects involving ground-based instrumentation, and will assist with management and ongoing improvements to the LAIR laboratory space.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow 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 annual salary range for this position is $75,000 to $110,000.


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 Engineering or Management disciplines, with emphasis in engineering management.
  • Experience with project scheduling and Gantt charts.
  • Experience managing project budgets.
  • Experience working with and managing teams of 5-20 people.
  • Experience or knowledge of spacecraft systems and development cycle.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • MS in Engineering or Management disciplines.
  • 2+ years experience in project management.
  • Experience with systems engineering for spacecraft missions.
  • Extensive knowledge of satellite systems and subsystems.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. Transcripts/Proof of Degree.
  4. Letter of Reference (not confidential).

This position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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