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Spacecraft Electrical Power Subsystem Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

Do you have a curiosity for space exploration? The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado is encouraging applications for a Spacecraft Electrical Power Subsystem Lead to join our team. This role will support a deep space mission to explore the inner solar system and the asteroid belt. The mission duration is approximately 6-1/2 years in the development phase (launch in 2028) and 5 years in the flight phase. 

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

LASP is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Conceptualize, analyze, design, procure, build, integrate, test, and fly the electrical power subsystem for a deep space spacecraft and all ground-based simulators.
  • Represent the EPS subsystem at peer reviews, milestone reviews, to program management, the customer, and to vendors.
  • Write requirements, analyses, and statements of work.
  • Work with vendors to create and manage subcontracts (solar arrays, batteries, power control unit, etc.).
  • Own and manage the budget and schedule for the EPS subsystem.

What You Should Know

  • Able to travel domestically and internationally (up to one trip per quarter).
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • 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

$120,000.00 - $188,000.00. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.


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 Degree in Engineering or related field with 15-years of experience. 

What You Will Need

  • Strong systems engineering skills and experience including requirements development, decomposition, and verification.
  • An inherent understanding of trade studies and analyses at the system, subsystem, and component levels.
  • Understanding of NASA workmanship standards as applicable to the EPS subsystem.
  • Understanding of deep space environmental effects on EEE parts and spacecraft charging.
  • Familiarity with spacecraft EMI/EMC requirements and testing as applicable to an electrical power subsystem.
  • Basic understanding of electronic circuit design.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • A willingness to mentor/teach.
  • An interest in working and collaborating with international partners.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and an ability to work to a timeline with specific product delivery dates.
  • Comfort level working problems "creatively" that don't have defined starting or ending points and the ability to approach problems from different perspectives.
  • Confidence to put forth potentially non-traditional solutions to your superiors.
  • Ability to self-manage, prioritize tasks and report on status during team meetings.
  • Ability to take feedback, learn new skills, learn from mistakes, and review your own work.
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project).

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with Solar Electric Propulsion.
  • Understanding of LILT effects for deep-space solar power.
  • Experience with various types of solar arrays and operation from 0.6 AU to 3.6 AU.
  • Experience with deep space missions.
  • Experience in each of the project lifecycle phases (concept development, requirements derivation, analysis, design, integration, test/verification, launch, commissioning, and operations).
  • Experience with DOORS Next Generation, Python, Matlab.
  • Experience with Li-Ion batteries.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
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. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

For first consideration please apply by 2/14/22. Position will remain posted until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

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