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Instrument Engineer III

Company: University of Colorado Boulder
Location: Boulder
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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Job Summary

The Instrument Engineer III participates in the implementation of new LASP instruments and the development, operation, and maintenance of the LASP hardware test facilities.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

LASP 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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Participate in instrument builds with responsibilities including:

* Development of lower-level instrument requirements from higher level requirements. * Development and execution of subsystem calibration plans. * Participate in the instrument build. * Analyze and document instrument and subsystem calibration data.

Develop, upgrade, operate, and maintain the LASP hardware test facilities including:

* Thermal vacuum test facilities. * Vacuum bake-out facilities. * Specialized optical test facilities, including coherent and incoherent light sources from the XUV to the thermal infrared. * Specialized dust and particle test facilities.

What You Should Know

* The candidate must be a U.S. citizen in order to be considered. * Physical laboratory work with vacuum, optical, electrical, and mechanical systems. This includes prolonged periods of working in a laboratory environment with various types of operational vacuum pumps, replacing and modifying components on small and large vacuum systems, lifting and moving of vacuum system components (up to 35 pounds), and working with and moving wheeled 230L LN2 dewars. * Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer and attending both virtual and in-person meetings.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range is $98,500 - $124,000.


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. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

* Bachelor's degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering. * Five years of proven experience.

What You Will Need

* Proficient in operating complex vacuum test systems. * Understanding of physics underlying instrument and detector subsystems. * Understanding of electronic circuits. * Laboratory background within a relevant field (optics, radiometry, mass spectroscopy, particle detector, etc.) * Advanced hardware test and debugging skills. * Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills. * Experience with one or more of the following: scientific programming (MATLAB, IDL, Python, etc.), optical design software (ZEMAX), mechanical computer-aided design (CAD) software, electrical design and layout software, finite element/PDE analysis. * Experience with basic machine shop tools and electrical assembly. * Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software. * Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

* Ph.D. or Master's degree preferred.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

* Resume/CV * 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.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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