Science Data Center Software Engineer

LASP Careers

Science Data Center Software Engineer

Posted January 23, 2024

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder on east campus. The Data Systems group within LASP develops data processing systems and tools that generate, display, and disseminate scientific data products from space-based instrument missions. With more than 2 terabytes a day flowing through our institute’s servers, we also emphasize the development and maintenance of large-scale, robust data systems.

Job Description

The LASP Data Systems Group is seeking two (2) students to support NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Mission’s Science Data Center (SDC). Launching in 2025, the IMAP mission simultaneously investigates two of the most important issues in space physics today — the acceleration of energetic particles and interaction of the solar wind with the interstellar medium. As a student contributor, you will help create the ground data processing systems for the 10-instrument mission. You will work under the mentorship of a software engineer and as part of a highly collaborative team and will contribute to system and science data processing algorithm development. Through this work you’ll gain practical hands-on experience in Python, Git, AWS, and other tools commonly used in data science, machine learning, and data engineering. You’ll also gain an understanding of what goes into science data processing for NASA missions.

Specific job functions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop code in Python, using tools including Git (Github)
  • Code documentation, testing, and validation.
  • Contributions to an open-source software development team environment

The minimum commitment is for one (1) summer working full time (40 hours/week), with the option to extend up to two (2) semesters working part time (up to 20 hours/week) while classes are in session based on performance and need. LASP employs around 100 undergraduate students, and we are flexible around class schedules.

Minimum Requirements

  • Major: physical or computer science, engineering, math, or related field (3.0+ cumulative GPA)
  • School Experience: Sophomore or above preferred
  • Willingness and ability to learn programming concepts
  • Curiosity, critical thinking skills, and willingness to tackle hard problems

Work Commitments

  • Able to work up 40 hours/week during the summer
  • Able to commit for a minimum of one summer (there is a possibility of extension for up to two semesters based on performance and need, working up to 20 hours/week during the school year)

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.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of Python
  • Basic knowledge of Git
  • Ability to both work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to provide written and verbal status reports

How to Apply:

Please visit to learn more about LASP. 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.      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

$17.50- $24.00

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