System Engineer

Position Summary: Europa SUDA Instrument System Engineer

NASA's Europa Clipper mission will conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter's moon Europa and investigate whether the icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life. The Surface Dust Analyzer SUDA is one of nine science instruments selected by NASA for this mission and is being developed by LASP. The SUDA instrument will characterize the composition of the surface of Europa by measuring the composition of particles ejected from the surface by micrometeorite impacts. LASP is seeking a System Engineer with at least 2 years of professional experience to support the instrument Lead System Engineer with all aspects of the SUDA system engineering effort, including requirements development and management, interface definition, technical resource management and leading peer reviews. The deputy system engineer will transition into the lead for requirements development and as SUDA's point of contact POC for interfacing with the Europa Clipper mission systems team. They will also support the effort associated with the development and execution of SUDA test plans as the program transitions into the test phase. The opportunity for the Deputy System Engineer to transition into additional lead roles associated with these efforts and other aspects of system engineering not specified in this posting are available as capability is demonstrated and interest is expressed.

Job Duties:

Specific duties of the available position entail:

• Work with the SUDA multidisciplinary engineering and science team to develop, build, and test the SUDA instrument.

• Act as a point of contact for the SUDA instrument to the JPL mission & payload systems engineering teams.

• Facilitate technical communication and collaboration within the SUDA engineering team.

• Manage the SUDA requirements database, which includes requirements development, flowdown, management, and verification.

• Assist in the development of instrument integration and test plans and procedures.

• Contribute to the generation and completion of system engineering plans.

• Report to the SUDA Lead System Engineer.


Required Qualifications:

• B.A./B.S. or higher is Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or relevant technical field from an accredited institution.

• 2 to 7 years of experience in aerospace-related engineering and/or aerospace hardware integration and test.

• Requirements management experience, preferably with IBM Rational DOORS.

Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

Desired Qualifications:

• Works well in a multidisciplinary team environment.

• Well organized.

• Good oral and written communication skills.

• Previous experience in the development, build, and/or test of spaceflight hardware - specifically space instruments.

• Experience as a System Engineer on a NASA-sponsored mission, spacecraft, subsystem, or instrument.

• Familiarity with the NASA project lifecycle.

• Strong analytical skills and experience with analytical tools such as Matlab, IDL, Mathematica, Mathcad, etc.

• Spaceflight hardware handing experience, including contamination control, clean rooms, electrostatic discharge safety, etc.

• Experience with system reliability analyses such as FMECA failure modes, effects, and criticality analysis, FTA fault-tree analysis, WCA worst-cast analysis, etc.

• Other beneficial skills include: alignment & error budgets, mission/trajectory analysis with SPICE and/or STK, familiarity with charged particle radiation effects, space environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Curriculum Vitae or Resume 2 - Cover Letter. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at The University of Colorado at Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10060 - Lab Atmos/Space Physics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 4, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Freya Olson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00736024