LASP MO&DS Division Director

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Position Overview

The Director of the Mission Operations and Data Systems (MO&DS) at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder, Colorado provides vision and leadership for an outstanding team of professionals and students. This LASP division carries out space mission operations, develops and operates software and data systems, and supports information systems for LASP's world-class space research program. The MO&DS Division Director reports to the Director of LASP and serves as a member of LASP's Business Committee, which provides strategic oversight for LASP.

LASP Background

LASP is a CU-Boulder research institute, specializing in space-based scientific research in planetary, atmospheric, solar, and space physics. From its origins in 1948, LASP has matured into the preeminent university research institution for conducting space-based scientific research, providing a unique synergy of expertise in space science, engineering, spacecraft and instrument operations, and software development. Scientists at LASP pose theoretical questions and design missions to answer these questions; engineers at LASP design and build the instruments and spacecraft to conduct these missions; and Mission Operations and Data Systems (MO&DS) personnel develop and manage the systems to test and operate these spacecraft and instruments, process raw data into scientifically relevant data products and make these products available to interested scientists and the public, support the diagnostic and scientific analyses of data, and manage the information technology systems used in all branches of LASP.

MO&DS Division Description

The LASP MO&DS Division is a leader in spacecraft and space instrument operations, and currently employs about 100 professional staff and 40 students. The Division supports several Mission Operations Centers and Science Operations Centers for the day-to-day operations of NASA spacecraft and instrument missions. LASP is one of only very few university-based mission operations centers, performing mission operations for NASA satellites totaling more than $1.5 billion in value.

Our highly skilled mission operators monitor and control the spacecraft and their on-board scientific instruments. Software engineers design, develop, and implement software to support all MO&DS activities, and carry out the processing, analysis, distribution, and archiving of mission data. Information Systems staff implement and manage computing technology for all LASP personnel, applying expertise in networks, architecture, systems administration, and information security. We involve students in every aspect of the division, including training and certifying undergraduates to operate spacecraft.

This skilled and dedicated group of individuals supports LASP programs in the following areas.

Flight Operations

The Flight Operations department provides support to satellite projects starting with concept development, continuing through integration and test and on through end of mission life. The department supports real-time operations for LASP and non-LASP missions using NASA-supplied remote ground networks and stations. In addition, the department operates several instruments on Earth-orbiting and interplanetary spacecraft. LASP's mission operations work includes support for mission design, ground system development, integration and test, planning and scheduling, launch and early orbit operations, normal and extended mission operations, and anomaly detection and response.

Operations Software Development

Modern space-based research programs demand cutting-edge, low-cost approaches for mission operations. Division support of LASP projects involves developing innovative flight and ground software systems. Operations Software Development encompasses four categories: command and control, telemetry data processing, engineering data analysis, and quality and status monitoring.

Planning and Scheduling

The Planning and Scheduling department develops software that allows scientists and operators to visualize and organize planned satellite activities. The department's main objective is to automate the complex process of planning instrument observations and spacecraft activities that optimize science data collection while obeying all flight rules and constraints. In order to meet this objective, the Planning and Scheduling department creates a number of desktop and web applications with strong graphical components backed by sophisticated scheduling algorithms and efficient database storage.

Data Systems

The Data Systems department provides LASP with data system design, development, management, and operation with an emphasis on developing and maintaining large-scale, robust data systems for the satellite instruments and missions operated at LASP. The Data Systems department maintains expertise in all facets of data systems development, including numerical analysis, algorithm development, programming techniques and methodologies, and software project management. Data Systems members work closely with scientists and engineers throughout the space mission life cycle in order to develop the most appropriate systems to serve LASP's scientific mission and to provide the community with high-quality scientific data products and results.

Information Systems

The Information Systems department ensures the continuity in development, operations, support, and services of information technology (hardware & software), data management, security, and associated infrastructure for LASP. The department is responsible for planning, implementing, and sustaining the technology needed to meet end-user needs and system functionality requirements. Working with and across LASP, the department enables the vision, strategy, and goals of the organization through collaboration and coordination with all LASP Divisions, projects, and programs, as well as CU Boulder's Office of Information Technology and research sponsors' Information Technology organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities of MO&DS Division Director

Provides vision, strategic direction, and leadership to the MO&DS Division with the aim of ensuring LASP's continued status as a world leader in spacecraft and instrument operations and data systems for satellite programs.

• Provides executive leadership for a broad portfolio of spacecraft and space instrument operations and data centers.

• Works across the LASP enterprise to build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with LASP's Science, Engineering and Administration Divisions.

• Actively participates in LASP's research development process, providing key contributions to proposal identification, preparation, and submission.

• Develops and manages the schedule, cost, and performance of contracts and budgets for current missions and missions in development.

• Manages the development and implementation of new initiatives within the division.

• Oversees Information Systems at LASP and is responsible for the computer and technology as needed for research, development, and operations and for communication needs of projects, business operations, and the institution.

• Manages and supports the division's departments and professional staff and students through training, professional mentorship, project assignments, planning for facilities, equipment, software, and other support for the division and its various projects.

• Responsible for the recruitment, development, motivation, and retention of key personnel to support division activities.

Represents the MO&DS division to government, corporate, and academic entities, maintaining LASP's high profile in the aerospace and scientific communities.

• Develop and maintains key contacts within NASA, NOAA, and other government and corporate partners, ensuring that the division is involved with current space science and aerospace industry trends and technology.

• Reviews research opportunities and works with outside entities to identify appropriate new research prospects for LASP that fits within the overall LASP strategic plan.

• Serves as a tie to the broader operations community to connect professionals and students to industry.



• Education and Experience:

o Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, or related field. A Master's degree or higher is desirable.

o 15+ years of experience working in space systems or related technical fields.

o Demonstrated experience in space system management including technical management and personnel supervision.

• Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

o Proven skills in management, leadership, and interpersonal relationship building.

o Comprehensive knowledge of appropriate administration, organization, and management, including knowledge of strategic and operational planning, budget preparation and monitoring, and proposal development.

o Excellent communication skills for presenting to large audiences, communicating with scientists, engineers, software developers, students, and with organizations, and contractors. Ability to negotiate with outside organizations, vendors, and contractors.

o Demonstrated ability to strategically plan and direct activities and functions involving multiple projects.

o Working knowledge of satellite operations and data systems, including familiarity with software development and information systems.

Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions for NASA-NOAA mission operations, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act require that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment admissions, and educational programs. Inquires may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at [email protected]

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter 2 - Curriculum Vitae Please provide names of at least three references. The MODIS Director search committee plans to begin their evaluation of applicants on May 14, 2018. This announcement will remain open until the position is filled.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

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

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 9, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Freya Olson

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00745174





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Posted: 6/9/2018
Application Due: 8/8/2018
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