Financial Analyst Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Financial Analyst Undergraduate Research Assistant

Posted January 11, 2023

Financial Analyst Undergraduate Research Assistant

Position Summary:

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets.  LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system.  LASP manages the financial aspects for over 170 active grants and contracts, from proposal through award.

We are seeking a dynamic financial undergraduate student to further LASP’s science mission by providing coordination and support to individual programs/grants as well as to aid LASP Research Faculty in managing sponsored research programs.  This undergraduate student will have a technology-first approach to solving problems and optimizing processes.  Duties include research, selection, and compilation of financial data from multiple sources, such as production, accounting, vendors, and subsequent analysis of that data to produce business information used to support decisions. Verifies the accuracy of data and ensures appropriate number tie outs.  Decisions may impact the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative and business processes.

Job Duties:

  • Supports principal investigators (PIs) and project managers (PMs) with proposals, award management, and other analyses as requested.
  • Creates and analyzes monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and ensures financial information has been recorded accurately. Responsible for completing journal entries as necessary.
  • Reviews and reconciles discrepancies, performs cost/variance analyses, monitors burn rates and spending.
  • Performs cost projections and labor planning.
  • Supports subcontract management and other direct cost review and approval.  Assists with modifying and renewing incoming and outgoing subcontracts for research awards.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of certain business practices and products particularly in the areas of finance and sponsored project accounting.
  • Track expenses against project budgets and provide analytical support.
  • Verify financial transactions captured in the general ledger systems reconcile to the financial reporting system.
  • Prepare financial reports to be reviewed by senior analyst or functional management.

Required Qualifications:

  • CU undergraduate student pursing a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business discipline
  • Basic accounting experience and understanding of finance concepts
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to establish priorities in a fast pace and dynamic environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to deal effectively with employees throughout LASP and the University
  • Strong organizational and communication skills

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal undergraduate candidate is a student who is at least 2 years away from graduation in an accounting, finance, or business discipline. The position pays hourly. The time commitment for an undergraduate is a maximum 20 hours per week during the school year and full-time over the summer. We are seeking applicants who have availability to work on multiple days weekly, between 15 to 20 hours a week.

How to Apply:

Resumes for this position will be accepted until it is filled.

  1. Please submit resume via e-mail (preferred) to:
  2. Include any coursework or experience you have that directly relates.
  3. Due to the requirement to access export-controlled data and information, only U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (green cards), or other protected individuals (i.e., persons designated as an asylee, refugee, or a temporary resident under amnesty provisions) may apply.
  4. Please include your US citizenship status in your email.
  5. Provide unofficial academic transcripts

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including veterans, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or disability.

Hourly Rate: 

$20.00 p/h

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