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Junior Spacecraft Systems Engineer/Operator

Posted on: Oct 25, 2014

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a junior spacecraft systems engineer/operator to participate in the development and operations of state-of-the-art space mission systems for present and upcoming NASA space science projects. LASP is one of the top space science research institutes in the country with facilities in Boulder, Colorado employing approximately 450 scientists, engineers, support personnel, and students. This individual will work closely with scientists, engineers and other space system mission operators in the development, operation, and maintenance of spacecraft mission operations. This person may also supervise one or more student assistants.

Responsibilities and duties include:
Supports mission operations concept development. Assists with the integration and functional test of the flight and ground segments. Conducts real time spacecraft/satellite/instrument flight operations during readiness, test and evaluation, and operational phases. Develops plans and procedures to provide maximum mission support in orbit dynamics, satellite performance analysis, and command and control of on-orbit satellites and payloads. Provides technical direction for on orbit mission support, supports vehicle anomalies and recommends alternate operating techniques to continue maximum mission utilization. Provides technical analysis of the performance of the orbiting satellites and payloads. Utilizes system software to accomplish all spacecraft control tasks and recommends improvements. Analyzes and validates software performance to meet specific satellite mission requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree or higher in engineering, computer science, a physical science, or related field
A minimum of three years of experience with spacecraft or space instrument operations
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple job tasks
Ability to work within a team environment, but self motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision
Excellent communication skills

Due to United States ITAR requirements on NASA programs, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents should apply.

Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents:

1- Curriculum Vitae
2- Proof of Highest Degree Earned
3- List of Professional References, from whom an official written letter of recommendation will be requested by the hiring unit at the appropriate time during the search.
4- Cover Letter

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial, and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment.