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System Engineer IV-V

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

LASP is seeking a System Engineer to support development of space flight hardware. You will participate in development of the Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) Atmospheric Electrodynamics probe for THERmal plasma (AETHER) instruments. AETHER will measure electron density and temperature from a constellation of Earth-orbiting satellites as part of NASA’s GDC mission. These measurements will be vital to GDC’s aim to understand the fundamental processes that govern the dynamic coupling between Earth’s magnetic field and our planet’s upper atmosphere. This role is part of the Systems Engineering Group within the Systems Engineering Department. As a matrixed organization, this role works for the Project Manager programmatically, and reports to the group supervisor organizationally.

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

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 AETHER systems engineering effort including (but not limited to):
  • Requirements development and verification programs
  • Contractual data deliverables
  • Milestone reviews and associated peer reviews
  • AETHER system design, development, assembly, integration, test, and instrument characterization
  • Technical resource management (mass, power, data, pointing, etc.)
  • Specialty Engineering (contamination control, planetary protection, reliability analyses.
  • Support Project Management in the risk management process.
  • Process maintenance and participation (configuration control, anomaly management, system safety, etc.)
  • Support the development of mission design and instrument concept of operations.
  • Ensure AETHER’s science needs are reflected in the mission-level and instrument-level requirements and documentation.
  • Coordinate the development of the Spacecraft-to-AETHER ICD, and the AETHER technical resource allocations.
  • Act at the point of contact for the Spacecraft technical team, and provide the PM technical support for the PMO.
  • Support the building and onboarding of the cross-discipline technical team.
  • Develop instrument integration and test (I&T) plans, help the PM to coordinate I&T activities, and provide System I&T support after instrument delivery to JPL.
  • Work closely with the AETHER Project Manager and Principle Investigator to make high-level technical decisions and to implement a successful science investigation.

What You Should Know

  • Domestic travel required (several week-long trips per year expected, but more may be necessary).
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align 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

The salary range for this position is $119,289.67 - $187,743.94. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting.  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

  • At least 10 years Systems Engineering experience on space missions (other relevant technical experience on space missions may be considered).
  • Experience integrating and testing science instruments.
  • BS/BA or higher-level degree in engineering or applied sciences.
  • Experience with requirements management, interface control, and verification & validation (V&V).
  • Experience working in cleanroom environments with ESD sensitive hardware.
  • Experience with configuration management, anomaly management, risk management, and system safety.

What You Will Need

  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Teammate, willing to contribute where needed to get the job done.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Broad understanding of the measurement principles of space-based scientific instruments.
  • Experience with environmental testing for space systems.
  • Experience leading a technical team.

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.

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open 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 Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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