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Thermal Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) encourages applications for a Thermal Engineer to join our team. This position will participate in the design, development, testing, and operations of present and upcoming space flight instrumentation projects. 

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 academic 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.

LASP is an affiliate of CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures, a collaboration among aerospace-related departments, institutes, centers, government labs, and industry partners

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Responsible for full-cycle thermal subsystem design from initial concept through mission operations.
  • Work closely with scientists and engineers in the design and development of spaceflight hardware.
  • Generate thermal design requirements, work with customers to establish and manage thermal interfaces.
  • Perform thermal analysis of spaceflight hardware, including passive and active thermal control systems, structures, mechanisms, electronics, optical systems, and cryogenic components.
  • Provide technical specifications for procured or subcontracted items.
  • Support fabrication and assembly activities.
  • Responsible for planning and directing thermal vacuum tests of spaceflight hardware, including test plan/procedure development, GSE, staffing, and post-test thermal model correlation.
  • May supervise one or more student assistants.

What You Should Know

Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply. 

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


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 or higher degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical field from an accredited institution.
  • At least five years of directly related experience in the field of thermal engineering and design is required as well as experience with Thermal Desktop or other thermal analysis tools.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to function well in a team-based environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Be able to show initiative, resourcefulness, and creativity.
  • Knowledgeable of spaceflight instruments and spacecraft.
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for projects and work independently.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Familiarity with requirements generation and verification.
  • Prior experience specifying, procuring, and installing thermal control hardware.
  • Some hands-on experience working with MLI blankets.
  • Thermal vacuum testing experience.
  • Quick turn conceptual design experience for proposal work.

Special Instructions

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

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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