Electrical Systems Lead

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 31, 2023

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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is looking for a qualified Electrical Systems Engineer to lead the end-to-end electrical design of a deep space mission that will spend seven years touring the inner solar system and explore the main asteroid belt. Launch is expected in early 2028.

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 at the University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest research institutes at the University of Colorado Boulder. With a focus on solar, stellar, space plasma, atmospheric and planetary sciences, LASP employs both experimental and theoretical approaches to answer key science questions. Since its inception in 1948, LASP has developed, operated, and analyzed the data from scientific instrumentation for solar science, Earth atmospheric, planetary, deep-space, and Earth-orbiting spacecraft missions investigating the Sun, all eight planets, Pluto, and beyond. The progressive development of research capabilities and the use of innovative technologies in pursuit of emerging research initiatives ensures a continued leadership role for LASP in today’s growing “new space” era.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

You will oversee the vehicle electrical design and performance. The Electrical Systems Lead is tasked with ensuring payload and subsystem electrical architectures and designs are compatible and will meet mission requirements. You will be an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists working to complete a challenging and exciting deep space mission.

Applicant should be experienced with space missions and have a good understanding of the different types of components on a spacecraft. Applicant must have a solid understanding of fundamental electrical engineering topics, such as grounding, EMI, EMC, and electrical compatibility. Previous experience with solar electric propulsion is desired. Must be able to work in a dynamic and fluid team environment.

Job Duties:
  • Ensure the electrical system works end-to-end and help make the mission successful.
  • Provide technical oversight of detailed designs to ensure the electrical system is compliant and verifiable at the payload and spacecraft level.
  • Oversee spacecraft and instrument/payload level grounding, EMI/EMC/ESD allocations and implementation, and electrical interface definitions.
  • Define and oversee the test and verification program for electrical components on the vehicle.
  • Establish and maintain spacecraft electrical configurations and interfaces across the vehicle.
  • Lead and perform technical analyses of complex system problems and develop solutions to those problems.
  • Lead the resolution of avionics and electrical anomalies and determine root cause and corrective action.
  • Manage electrical performance and integration, compatibility analysis, and electrical subsystem designs to ensure compliance with the spacecraft level technical baseline.
  • Manage end-to-end compatibility, functional allocations, and margins.
  • Effectively operate within a multi-discipline systems engineering team.
What You Should Know
  • Travel: Domestic travel required to visit subcontractors, etc. International travel required for milestone reviews, TIMs, final testing, or launch site activities (estimated two trips per year, maximum).
  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply
What We Can Offer
  • Flight Systems Engineer IV - $126,447.04 - $164,472.00.
  • Flight Systems Engineer V - $152,998.74 - $199,008.00.
  • We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.

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
  • At least 10 years spacecraft electrical systems or design experience.
  • BS/BA or higher-level degree in engineering or applied sciences.
  • Experience as a technical team leader.
  • Knowledge of grounding architectures for spacecraft and low noise systems.
  • Knowledge of harnessing to meet voltage drop, power, and signal integrity requirements.
  • Experience developing single string and redundant electrical systems.
  • Experience in developing or guiding the creation of electrical system specifications and electrical requirements analyses and allocations.
  • Experience with higher voltage (50-700V) electrical buses for solar electric propulsion and the ability to analyze impacts and effects on the spacecraft electical system.
  • Detailed design experience with space flight qualified electronics.
  • Analytical experience, such as FMECA, WCA, reliability, EMI/EMC/ESD, voltage drop, and derating.
  • Expertise in high-speed digital system architectures, closed-loop control systems, and integration and test experience.
What You Will Need
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Team player, willing to contribute where needed to get the job done
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience working in cleanroom environments with ESD sensitive hardware
  • Experience with Solar Electric Propulsion
  • Understanding of SEP plume interactions relating to spacecraft electrical design
  • Experience with DC-DC converter design and implementation on space systems
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

This position will remain open until 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

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu

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