Senior Mechanical Engineer

Job Summary
The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) encourages applications for a Senior Mechanical Engineer to support space flight instrumentation designs and proposal efforts. This role will invent solutions to complex mechanical design challenges. The initial assignment will be to contribute to a payload going to the International Space Station (ISS).

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.

LASP is an affiliate of CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures, a collaboration among aerospace-related departments, institutes, centers, government labs, and industry partners.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Opto-mechanical design.
  • Modeling hardware in SolidWorks and using PDM Pro.
  • Using ANSYS Workbench to verify design solutions.
  • Creating drawings using Solidworks and applying GD&T to the drawing.
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Document interfaces and requirements.
  • Generate mechanical solutions for various proposal efforts.
  • Perform other mechanical engineering tasks, including mass properties, harness routing, production planning, etc

What You Should Know
Due to Export Control Restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

What We Can Offer
We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
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.

Be Inclusive. Be Resourceful. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • BS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline from an accredited institution.
  • At least six years of experience.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to function well in a team-based environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Resourcefulness and creativity.
  • Knowledgeable of spaceflight instruments, mechanisms and spacecraft.
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for projects and work independently.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • MS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline from an accredited institution.
  • CAD design experience with SolidWorks.
  • Experience creating mechanical drawings.
  • Designing and building optomechanical instruments.
  • Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Previous experience working on proposals a plus.

Special Application Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials:
1. Resume/CV
2. 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.

Please apply at: 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources
Posting Contact Email:

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer