The Autonomous Vehicle Systems (AVS) laboratory encourages
applications for an AVS Lab Research Associate. The position is
currently open and the successful candidate can start July 2022 or
later. This position is nominally for one year with the possibility
of continued work contingent on performance and funding
availability. The position will be located in the new Aerospace Engineering Sciences
at CU Boulder.
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 Autonomous Vehicle Systems (AVS) laboratory is doing research
in complex spacecraft dynamics, formation flying, advanced Attitude
Dynamics and Control (ADCS), visual spacecraft control, space
debris removal, as well as developing mission analysis and support
tools. The lab was founded in 2003 at Virginia Tech and moved in
2007 to the University of Colorado. Among these projects, we are
currently working on advanced Attitude Dynamics and Control (ADCS)
systems. Using an in-house C-Code simulation environment called
Basilisk that is capable of simulating the high-fidelity dynamics
of dynamic actuation systems, has Monte Carlo simulation
capabilities, and can provide hardware-in-the-loop simulation
capabilities. Finally, the Basilisk framework is being used to
develop novel autonomous spacecraft commanding solutions where
machine learning and AI techniques are used to determine suitable
flight modes and predict spacecraft resource consumption.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- The research associate’s responsibilities include performing
astrodynamics research, assisting with proposal writing, and
mentoring graduate students.
- The AVS lab is conducting research in attitude dynamics and
control, autonomous flight mode tasking, fault detection,
astrodynamics simulation development, relative motion dynamics and
- The successful candidate will be given significant mentoring
and professional development opportunities that support a research
associate in pursuit of long-term careers in research, academia,
and other fields.
All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply
with the campus COVID-19 vaccine
. New employees must provide proof of vaccination
or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of
What We Can Offer
The salary range for this position is $55,000.00 to
The position is partially supported through discretionary funds and
partially through funded research.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Completed Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering, or related
What We Would Like You To Have
- Experience with astrodynamics.
- Experience in Python and C/C++ programming.
- Experience with machine learning and deep reinforcement
- Experience with ADCS and formation flying.
- Experience mentoring research.
- Experience writing proposals and conference/journal
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- CV or Resume.
- Cover letter.
- Reference Letter(s) (Not Confidential).
- Transcripts/Proof of degree
The 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
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