NASA IV&V Guidance, Navigation & Control Software Engineer
Job Type Full-time
Job Status Sourcing
Date Posted Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Location Fairmont, WV
Job Description

NASA IV&V Guidance, Navigation & Control Software Engineer

Job Location -WV-Fairmont

Requisition ID: 2018-40358

 Category: Engineering


MPL Corporation is a provider of Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services to the NASA IV&V Program located in Fairmont, West Virginia. At the NASA IV&V Facility, we support NASA's IV&V Program, delivering analysis and verification & validation of safety-critical and mission-critical software for a number of important NASA programs, including both human and robotic exploration as well as earth and space science collection platforms.


This position is to perform as a NASA Software IV&V analyst within the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) domains, and will make use of domain-specific GN&C knowledge and experience to perform IV&V analysis, while also depending on understanding of software systems and software development. As a senior member of the IV&V technical staff, this position may include task leadership and mentoring of more junior engineers.


Applying GN&C and software engineering expertise to achieve these IV&V tasks, the successful candidate will:

  • Perform full-lifecycle (i.e., Concept to Deployment) Independent Validation  and  Verification  (IV&V) analyses to ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical constraints

  • Perform IV&V analysis of system and software architecture, system and software requirements, software design, source code, and the developer’s software integration, interface, formal verification and qualification, systems and software integration, and certification test products

  • Perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, and requirements allocation and interface definition studies to evaluate compliance of software specifications with customer requirements. Conducts software hazard analysis and risk assessment

  • Develop independent test plans, cases, procedures, and scripts and performs independent testing of safety-critical and mission-critical software systems

  • Analyze effectiveness/efficiency of NASA program procedures and processes and develops/recommends improvements

  • Prepare presentations, reports, research, and other contract deliverables related to IV&V analyses performed

  • Participate in Risk Management process as it relates to execution of the IV&V Project and to the software development project being evaluated by the IV&V team

  • Work is performed on-site in Government facilities

  • Occasional travel may be required

  • May occasionally be assigned IV&V tasks outside of the GN&C domain in accordance with capabilities and program needs

  • May provide mentorship of other, more junior team members; may lead small teams of analysts performing verification and validation analyses

Required Qualifications

  • Possess a four-year B.S. degree from an accredited university in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physical Sciences, or other applicable technical degree; four years of successful, directly applicable additional experience in lieu of degree

  • Minimum of 9 total years of experience directly related to the fields of GN&C, spacecraft, software and/or embedded avionics systems

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in development of GN&C algorithms or GN&C software systems

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in NASA spaceflight systems or similar DoD, commercial or other spaceflight systems

  • Be able to successfully pass a NASA Background Investigation for access to NASA and IV&V program data

  • Be a highly organized individual who can operate within a highly technical and schedule-driven environment

  • Ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance

  • Is an excellent verbal and written communicator

  • Maintains excellent rapport with all internal and external customer

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience and expertise with NASA, NOAA, or military programs involving spacecraft flight software including knowledge of spacecraft software domains such as Command & Data Handling, Telecommunications, Electrical Power Subsystem, Thermal Control Subsystem, SpaceWire (SpW) protocol, Fault Protection/FDIR, Autonomy, or Vehicle Health Management

  • Experience in human space programs/space domain topics such as mission and spacecraft ground operations, launch operations/processes, propulsion, environmental control and life support systems, vehicle system management, software safety, and mission assurance;

  • Experience synthesizing and analyzing GN&C algorithms, gains, filters

  • Experience with Matlab and Simulink

  • Experience with software simulation; experience with Monte Carlo analysis

  • Experience developing software using C, C++, C#, or Java

  • Experience across the entire software development lifecycle

MPL Corporation offers an excellent benefits package.  We are dedicated to providing the best possible economic and personal security for each employee.

MPL Corporation is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. U.S. Citizenship is required.

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