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LASP is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university.

LASP has been growing consistently and is currently at its highest level of activity with multiple complex programs totaling over $60 million in expenses per year. The increase in workload and high number of new employees has created some unique opportunities.

LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity, and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities. When you become an employee of LASP, you become a CU employee. Please see the CU Human Resources page for Information for Prospective Employees.

Professional Positions, Graduate Student Positions, Undergraduate Student Positions, Visiting Fellows

Professional Positions


Aerospace Machinist/Metrologist Position

Posted on: September 18, 2014

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with an environment where professionals and students work closely with scientists in designing and building space flight hardware. LASP is seeking a member of the production team in the Engineering Division to work […]

Electrical Engineer (RF01780 )

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Our Engineering division has the role of inventing at LASP – leveraging current technologies focused on innovative solutions and developing new technologies to solve complex scientific and mission questions. The Engineering division has positions open for talented and enthusiastic individuals who will be involved on projects from concept to launch. Our needs include Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Design Engineers, System Engineers, Thermal Engineers, and Flight Software Engineers. Resumes will be accepted until all positions are filled.
Responsibilities: Electrical engineers develop system concepts and detailed designs for spacecraft and flight instruments, ground support equipment and test hardware. This includes supporting the fabrication, assembly, test and qualification activities for these developments. They also provide technical specification of subcontracted items, and interface with outside vendors for subsystem procurement and delivery.

Thermal Engineer (RF01781)

Posted on: September 12, 2014

As a thermal engineer, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary project team:

•Responsible for performing thermal design and analysis of spaceflight hardware, including passive and active thermal control systems, structures, mechanisms, electronics, optical systems, and cryogenic components.

Systems Engineer (RF01782)

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Systems Engineers provide a broad set of engineering skills and technical leadership to support design of space flight programs at the mission and/or instrument levels.

Mechanical Design Engineer (RF01793)

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Join a mechanical design team that develops instruments and spacecraft hardware for use on spaceflight, suborbital, and ground programs. The candidates will be involved in the design and development of unique and innovative aerospace structures, mechanisms, and optical instrumentation for application in vacuum and space-flight environments.

Flight Software Engineer (RF01794)

Posted on: September 12, 2014

LASP is seeking software engineers to participate in the development of embedded microprocessor flight software for present and upcoming space science projects.

Information Technology

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Science Research

Research Associate: Post-Doc

Posted on: March 21, 2014

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral in Theoretical Solar and Stellar Astrophysics. LASP is a full-cycle, space institute, combining all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. LASP is a large, multidisciplinary research institute located in the rapidly developing CU-Boulder East Campus.

Research Associate: Post Doc

Posted on: March 7, 2014

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a position of Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on data returned from the MAVEN mission. The MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft arrives at Mars in September, and will study the upper atmosphere and ionosphere, the interactions with the Sun and the solar wind, and the loss of atmospheric atoms and molecules to space. The person hired will spend approximately a third to a half of their time on science operations planning activities, and the rest of their time integrating data analysis and theoretical modeling in an area relevant to the science of the mission or in related interdisciplinary areas.

Administrative Support

Research Financial Manager

Posted on: October 14, 2014

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) develops, designs, and builds instrument and spacecraft for NASA’s space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system, and supports over 160 grants and contracts, spending around $50M annually. LASP is a research […]

Business Analyst (RF01783)

Posted on: September 12, 2014

We are seeking a dynamic financial professional to further LASP’s science mission by providing coordination and support to individual programs as well as to aid LASP faculty in managing sponsored research programs.

Contracts Assistant

Posted on: September 4, 2014

University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is looking for an organized, detail-oriented individual to act in support of LASP’s Contracts and Compliance Manager. Successful candidates must possess experience performing highly efficient clerical and administrative tasks related to contracts. Previous Government Contracts experience is desirable but not required.

Mission Operations & Data Systems

Web Application Engineer

Posted on: October 9, 2014

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at CU is looking for an experienced front-end engineer to join our growing web application team. Current projects make use of AngularJS, D3, and HighCharts to enable interactive analysis of spacecraft telemetry, solar irradiance, and data from the latest Mars mission, “MAVEN.” If you’re a JavaScript pro and are interested in joining a small agile team in the space sciences, let us know!

Science Data Manager

Posted on: September 24, 2014

The Scientific Data Manager works closely with scientists and engineers, coordinating and leading the development and operation of the project science data systems. The ideal candidate will have a broad background in science and engineering and experience working across disciplines to deliver high quality data products and tools to the science community.

Data System Software Engineer

Posted on: July 24, 2014

Are you interested in writing Python code to support NASA space science missions?

We have an opening for a software engineer at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), part of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The successful applicant will implement and support software to process space instrument data. Your software will directly impact several crucial science missions.

Graduate Student Positions


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Mission Operations & Data Systems

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Undergraduate Student Positions

Administrative Support

Student Application Developer and Software Support

Posted on: October 13, 2014

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate student software developer. This position is customer-centric, developing SharePoint 2013 based applications with business purpose in mind. You will be challenged to solve process workflow, meta-data, and search term sets driven problems.

LASP IT Helpdesk Student Support

Posted on: October 9, 2014

The LASP ( Information Technology team has an immediate opening for an undergraduate student to assist in supporting our growing laboratory. Primary responsibilities will include assisting staff, scientists, and operations personnel in the daily use and problem solving of issues as they occur in the environment. We are looking for a student with excellent communication […]

Mission Operations & Data Systems

Undergraduate Student Web Developers

Posted on: September 19, 2014

LASP is looking for student web developers to help manage existing websites and to develop web-based applications. Multiple positions are available. If you’re interested in working in a dynamic environment and can work with HTML, WordPress, and/or JavaScript, let us know! Estimated hours per week is 15-20 during the school year and full-time during the […]


Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Position

Posted on: October 3, 2014

We are looking for an undergraduate electrical engineering student to do FPGA work and to help with electronics board testing. This student engineer will be working on a NASA instrument program.

Mechanical Engineer Student

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Engineering Student Employment Opportunities at LASP starting Fall 2014 The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In the Engineering division, professional engineers mentor students in designing and building space flight hardware and software. LASP leads with a science driven approach, and […]

Information Technology

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Science Research

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Visiting Fellows

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