Satellite Systems Engineer/Operator


The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado 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 500 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.

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.
  • Support mission operations concept development.
  • Assist with the integration and functional test of the flight and ground segments.
  • Conduct real time spacecraft/satellite/instrument flight operations during readiness, test and evaluation, and operational phases.
  • Develop plans and procedures to provide maximum mission support in orbit dynamics, satellite performance analysis, and command and control of on-orbit satellites and payloads.
  • Provide technical direction for on orbit mission support, supports vehicle anomalies and recommends alternate operating techniques to continue maximum mission utilization.
  • Provide technical analysis of the performance of the orbiting satellites and payloads.
  • Utilize system software to accomplish all spacecraft control tasks and recommends improvements.
  • Analyze and validates software performance to meet specific satellite mission requirements.


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.

What We Require

  • 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.

What You Will Need

  • 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.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Computer programming


To apply, please submit the following materials:
Cover Letter
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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

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