MAX Spacecraft System Engineer

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MAX Spacecraft System Engineer

Posted February 15, 2023

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a University of Colorado space research lab at the Boulder campus.  As an Institute of CU-Boulder, LASP is at the international forefront of space science research in solar, planetary, atmospheric and space plasma physics. LASP’s record of excellence in space instrument and spacecraft construction, mission operations, and science data analysis for Earth, planetary, and deep space missions is supported by organizational expertise in space-flight electronics, mechanisms, detectors, and optics across a wide spectral range, including sensors for energetic particle, dust, electric field, and magnetic field measurements.

LASP Undergraduate MAX Spacecraft System Engineer Requirements and Job Description

Position Summary:

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is looking for a Spacecraft System Engineer Intern to join the Spacecraft Systems Engineering sub-team for a deep space mission that will tour the inner solar system and explore the asteroid belt.  Launch is expected in early 2028. 


Team member will support the spacecraft systems engineering group. The group is responsible for the overall technical architecture, analysis, design, and development of the vehicle, from initial concept definition through mission operations. Specific areas of work include, but are not limited to, development and maintenance of technical budgets, requirements definition, management of the overall systems engineering process and application, tool development, solid model creation, and management of subcontractors and vendors.

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Applicant should have a willingness to learn and be able to adapt quickly to new tasks. The applicant must also have strong engineering first principles to augment any tasks that are handed to the applicant.

Job Duties:

  • Participate as a systems engineer in the overall development of the spacecraft
  • Work with other subsystem leads and system engineers to create requirements and develop interface control documents
  • Write spacecraft technical documentation
  • Maintain spacecraft requirements database, block diagrams, and technical budgets
  • Create required analysis tools and perform system-level analyses

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Enrolled full-time student completing a BS/BA in Engineering or Applied Sciences
    • Freshman or Sophomore student preferred, but accepting applications for all grade levels
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and related software
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Team player, willing to contribute where needed to get the job done yet also be self-motivated with minimal supervision on tasks
  • Willingness to work with international partners
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
  • Experience with requirements management in IBM Rational DOORs NextGen
  • Experience in MATLAB, Python, Excel VBA, or C++
    • Basic debugging skills
  • Basic CAD experience (SolidWorks)

How to Apply:

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.

  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 Range:

$15.00-17.50 p/h

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