Guidance Navigation & Control Software Engineer 3
Job Type Full-time
Job Status Sourcing
Date Posted Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Location Fairmont wv
Job Description


Location: FAIRMONT, WV, United States

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time


MPL Corporation is a provider of Systems and Software Assurance Services to the NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program located in Fairmont, West Virginia. At the NASA Katherine Johnson 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 the definition, design, implementation, and test of GN&C algorithms and the associated performance parameters represented in the spacecraft flight software to support the specific mission objectives

  • 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



  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with Guidance, Navigation, and Controls embedded software systems

  • Must be able to successfully pass a NASA Background Investigation for access to NASA and IV&V program data & maintain Public Trust Clearance

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

Desired Qualifications


  • Experience in NASA spaceflight systems or similar DoD, commercial or other spaceflight systems 

  • Experience in development of GN&C algorithms or GN&C software systems

  • Experience directly related to the fields of GN&C, spacecraft, software and/or embedded avionics systems

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

  • Experience and expertise in developing or assessing safety critical mission software.

  • Prior IV&V and/or independent test experience.

  • Familiar with UML and service-oriented architecture

  • Familiar with Agile software development processes

  • Familiar with Cybersecurity Assurance

  • Familiar with Simulink and MATLAB 

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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