Undergraduate Mission Ops Software Engineer

Undergrad Student Software Engineer Employment Opportunity for LASP Starting May 2020

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

LASP leads with a science driven approach, and is the only research institute in the world that has sent an instrument to every planet in the solar system, Pluto, and beyond (Voyager). We have over 100 instruments currently operating on numerous NASA satellites and are developing 14 new instruments for 11 missions funded by NASA, NOAA, and NSF. Of the $1.5B in space assets that the Mission Operations & Data Systems division currently operates, two of the missions were developed, built, and managed from LASP. We are a non-profit organization with over 400 professionals, and over 150 students with broad technical capabilities who highly value our culture of excellence.

Undergraduate Positions Open Immediately – 7 Software Engineer/Developers with Aerospace Engineers and other majors welcome to apply

LASP is preparing to interview undergraduate students to hire and work with the Operations Software team to support a small contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO) on an Air Force space mission. The expectation is the successful applicant will remain in this job until graduation. Ideally, just prior to graduation LMCO will offer a professional position commensurate with skills and experience gained from this job.

Job Details:

These jobs will be working alongside LASP and Lockheed Martin professionals to develop, test, and deploy ground system software and tools used by operations personnel to communicate with various spacecraft and ground stations.

****Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for secret clearance in order to apply****

LASP will provide training customized to the requirements of the job while the successful candidate waits to receive their clearance. Once the clearance is complete, the student will train and work at LMCO secure facilities in the local/surrounding area with occasional work at LASP.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Be a student who is enrolled full-time and pursuing an undergraduate degree from University of Colorado at Boulder
  • At least 22 months remaining as a CU student at the time of application (please include any time expected in Grad Student status)
  • Have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher (unofficial academic transcripts must be provided at time of application)
  • Degree focus in applied Software Engineering. Computer Science or related fields like Computer Engineering or Aerospace Engineering. Other majors may apply if there is a demonstrated desire to develop software and technical skills.
  • Ability to work within a team environment, yet self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for secret clearance in order to apply

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.70/4.0 or higher
  • Experience with one or more of the following programming languages: C/C++, PYTHON, Java, C#, Perl, MatLab, EggPlant, SmallTalk, and/or additional programming languages
  • Experience with Safe Agile methodology, Version1, network virtualization, or script provisioning with Puppet
  • Experience with Unix, Linux (esp. Red Hat), or similar Operating Systems. Microsoft Windows and Office products are also a plus.
  • Have a car or other motorized personal transportation
  • Have an active DoD security clearance.

How to Apply:

The ideal undergraduate candidate (U.S. Citizen only) is a student who is at least 2 years away from graduation (sophomore/junior status) and majoring in computer science, computer engineering, aerospace engineering, or any a related field if the candidate has programming experience.

The time commitment for an undergraduate is a maximum 20 hours per week during the school year and full-time over the summer. Work hours are flexible to adjust to student class schedules and are generally M-F. The position pays hourly.

Please visit to learn more about LASP. LASP is a very good training site for future aerospace industry employment. Our students receive job offers from aerospace companies across the United States, many times receiving more than one employment opportunity in this field upon graduation.

Resumes for this position will be accepted until it is filled. Please submit resume, transcript and citizenship status via e-mail (preferred) to: Include any coursework or experience you have that directly relates. Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for secret clearance in order to apply. Please include your US citizenship status in your email.

All final applicants being considered for employment are subject to background investigations including a criminal history check and when appropriate a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.