MAX Undergraduate Student System Engineer

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MAX Undergraduate Student System Engineer

Posted February 22, 2023

MAX Undergraduate Student System Engineer

The Multi-Asteroid Explorer (MAX) Mission Systems Engineering Team is looking for a student majoring in engineering, mathematics or hard science to support the development of a novel mission to tour the inner solar system and then explore the asteroid belt. The position will work under the mentorship of the mission systems team and perform a variety of tasks related to mission definition and implementation. The goals of the mission include both pure science and an emphasis on the utilization of space resources. The successful candidate will be given a unique opportunity to experience the development of a deep space mission as a member of the core mission team.

The minimum commitment is for one (1) year (two semesters and a summer), working part-time (up to 20 hours/week) while classes are in session and full-time (40 hours/week) during the summer and other breaks in classes. It is hoped that the successful applicant continues to work with the project beyond the first year. Many student research assistants at LASP have been hired as full-time professional engineers after graduation.

LASP MAX Undergraduate System Engineer Requirements and Job Description

Job Duties:

  • Provide direct assistance to the lead Mission Systems Engineer (MSE) in day-to-day activities
  • Assist management of the MAX information systems in Confluence, Jira, Box, and DOORS Next
  • Provide Confluence and Jira technical support and assistance to the engineering team
  • Work alongside the MSE to capture Preliminary Hazard Analyses (PHAs) for the MAX mission
  • Organize and distribute core mission data, including status, visualizations and general technical documentation
  • Support the mission library management function and assist with organizing documents, data and technical drawings in multiple repositories
  • Assist with the execution of milestone technical reviews both in the preparation stage and in the resolution of resulting action items
  • Proofread technical materials for content and consistency

Required Education/Experience:

  • Current CU student majoring in engineering, mathematics, or a hard science
  • Solid computer literacy and understanding of modern tools of information exchange, especially Atlassian tools
  • Ability to self-manage, prioritize tasks and report on the status of work during team meetings
  • A willingness to work hard and a desire to learn

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of any aspect of space mission development and flight hardware design
  • Acquaintance with the administration side of Atlassian tools, including Confluence templates and Jira workflows
  • Familiarity with at least one programming language
  • Familiarity with one of the following: STK, GMAT, or Basilisk

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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