The Research & Innovation Office at CU Boulder is encouraging
applications for Senior Research Associates, who will support
efforts to grow the campus's national security-related research
enterprise. This position will report directly to the Director,
Center for National Security Initiatives (CNSI) within the Research
and Innovation Office (RIO). You are responsible for developing
groundbreaking research associated with the National Security
research portfolio, identifying new sponsored research
opportunities with Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence
Community (IC) partners, and preparing and implementing strategic
proposals in collaboration with the CNSI support staff. This
position will focus on strategic portfolio development, with an
emphasis on growing the applied research portfolio. The position
focus is in the following technical area:
- Space Domain Awareness (SDA) is best defined as encompassing
"the effective identification, characterization, and understanding
of any factor associated with the space domain that could affect
space operations and thereby impact the security, safety, economy,
or environment of the United States.
- The Space Domain Awareness (SDA) position is looking for
expertise relevant in areas including Astrodynamics; sensor
tasking; state estimation; and guidance, navigation, and controls
(GNC). The individual will address key challenges in Information
Fusion, perception, and activity interference with emphasis on
Space Operations and Anomaly Identification and
- In addition, expertise relevant in position, navigation, and
timing (PNT) science (GNSS/radionav, inertial, and clock
- Research Associates must have a customer-centric,
results-focused mentality with the ability to operate in a
sophisticated and dynamic environment to attain the strategic goals
of the rapidly growing CU Boulder national security portfolio.
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
The University of Colorado Boulder’s Research and Innovation Office
(RIO) is the central point for support and advocacy for CU
Boulder’s world-class scholarship, creative work, and research. The
Center for National Security Initiatives is dedicated to providing
high-impact national security research enabled by world-class
research scientists and essential infrastructure. As the sole
Tier-1 research institution in Colorado and the top public
University in NASA funding, CU Boulder is well-positioned for
continued growth to the current $45M per year DoD research
portfolio. Colorado’s $15.4B Aerospace & Defense Economy and a
strong ecosystem of defense prime contractors, entrepreneurs, and
Federal partners further strengthen our opportunity to grow our
strategic impact on National Security research.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- Design, plan, conduct and coordinate various research projects
in support of the NSI portfolio.
- Develop research proposals, key research tasks, and
deliverables in support of DoD, IC, and Aerospace and Defense
Industry customers. Provide technical leadership of research
projects or project subtasks and coordination across academic
departments and research groups for interdisciplinary efforts.
- Summarize results and provide required documentation and
Software/Hardware deliverables to sponsors.
- Engage Government and Industry sponsors, with support from CNSI
Staff, to shape strategic research opportunities and win research
- Understand and communicate key challenges and R&D
priorities regarding DoD and other national security organizations
to develop the CU Boulder applied research portfolio.
- Provide recommended prioritization of new sponsored research
opportunities to the CNSI leadership team.
- Establish and use a professional network with key customers,
influencers, and executive decision-makers in the national security
community and gain insight into strategic direction, policies,
R&D priorities, allocated budgets, and plans associated with
relevant national security programs.
What We Can Offer
- 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.
- Travel out-of-state will be required.
- Irregular work hours including evenings and weekends may be
- All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to
comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees
must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious
exemption within 30 days of employment.
- We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience,
along with a generous benefits package.
- A Senior Research Associate hired for this specific opportunity
will be hired with an initial salary in the following range,
depending on education and experience.
- Salary range $130,000 to $180,000 annually.
- Relocation expenses may be available for this position
following RIO and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes
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
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a field relevant to
the given focus area.
- Senior Research Associate: A minimum of six years of experience
in Academia, or the Aerospace and Defense Industry, or Government
in a research role.
- Proven expertise in the development and application of research
in research focus area/s specified above.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Demonstrated record of success and credibility within both the
national security and academic communities.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills; strong
- Demonstrated high-level critical thinking and organizational
- Ability to work within a complex, dynamic, matrixed structure
across colleges and university administration and externally with
Government and Industry partners.
- Experience working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary
role at, or with, an academic or research institution.
- Proven track record leading research efforts in support of DoD
or Aerospace and Defense Industry.
- Program management, Contracting, and/or Business Development
experience in the Federal Government or Industry.
- Active and or previous security clearance with the ability to
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- 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
Position will remain posted until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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