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Software Engineer for Satellite Operations

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites applications for the position of Software Engineer on the Planning and Scheduling (PS) software development team. PS is a part of the Mission Operations & Data Systems (MO&DS) division and is seeking a motivated individual who is passionate about the NASA satellite missions LASP operates. The PS team supports satellite operations by developing and maintaining planning, scheduling, and visualization software used by scientists and mission operations personnel. 

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 software for in-house applications used by our flight operations team (current projects include science instrument and spacecraft planning systems, satellite simulations, database development and web applications).
  • Collaborate with team members to design, implement, test, and review software.
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, and operations personnel to develop requirements and refine software designs.
  • Support mission operations personnel in day-to-day planning and scheduling activities for all of the satellites we operate.

What You Should Know

Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.  

What We Can Offer

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Research & Innovation Office (RIO) is the central point for support and advocacy for CU Boulder’s world-class scholarship, creative work and research. 


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

  • Bachelor's in computer science or related field.
  • 5+ years experience in software development.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Masters degree in computer science or related field.
  • Software proficiency: Python, functional programming, Java (or other object-oriented language), SQL, GUI development.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and collaborative attitude.
  • Interest in Aerospace or space science.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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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