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University of Colorado Systems Engineer in Boulder, Colorado

Systems Engineer

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) encourages applications for a Systems Engineer to be responsible for all aspects of pointing performance from inception to on-orbit operations for a NASA-funded instrument that will provide remote sensing of the Earth. The instrument will include two-axes of precision rotation that allow for multiple scan modes. This engineer will provide a systems-focused approach to coordinate all engineering fields (electrical, mechanical, software, controls, thermal, etc.) to ensure that it meets all its pointing requirements.

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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Pointing performance of the Libera instrument over the full life cycle (inception to on-orbit).

  • Identification, definition, and verification of all pointing and motion control requirements.

  • Definition and management of pointing budgets.

  • Definition and oversight of pointing-related algorithms and flight software.

  • Design and analysis of the pointing subsystem.

  • Advise other engineers for detailed design and analysis work.

  • Presentations at milestone reviews including SRR, PDR, CDR, PER, PSR.

  • Programmatic reporting of the pointing subsystem (e.g., weekly, quarterly).

  • Subcontract technical lead for two major subcontracts of pointing hardware.

  • Testing of the pointing subsystem including the development of test plans, procedures, and analysis.

  • Definition, development, and execution of on-orbit commissioning activities.

What You Should Know

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


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 aerospace engineering or related field.

  • 10+ years of experience in aerospace engineering (MS, Ph.D. may contribute toward this).

  • Direct, professional experience with motion control systems (e.g., ADCS, robotics).

  • Experience with kinematics, dynamics, feedback controls.

  • Experience and familiarity with Matlab/Simulink software tools.

  • Systems engineering expertise (ideally applied to motion control systems).

  • Requirements management.

  • Trade study definition and execution.

  • The architecture of sophisticated systems.

  • Multi-disciplinary team coordination/management.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience developing precision space-borne gimbaled pointing systems.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • 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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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.