NASA IV&V Software Systems Engineer SME
Job Type Full-time
Job Status Sourcing
Date Posted Friday, 20 September 2019
Location Fairmont West Virginia
Job Description


Job ID: 193845
Location: FAIRMONT, WV, United States
Schedule: Full-time
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time


MPL Corporation is a provider of Systems and Software Assurance 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. 


The successful candidate will use his or her propulsion subject matter expertise, software and system engineering expertise, and NASA domain experience to evaluate target programs to ensure safety and mission success.



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

  • Performs 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.

  • Performs 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.

  • Develops independent test plans, cases, procedures, and scripts and performs independent testing of safety-critical and mission-critical software systems to ensure the system will do what it is supposed to do, not do what it is not supposed to do, and will respond in a safe and desired manner under adverse conditions.

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

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

  • Participates in selected programs, events, and meetings involving staff, Government customers, and visitors.

  • Participates 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.



  • Experience in spacecraft and/or launch vehicle propulsion systems

  • 14+ years of experience in Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or other software-related engineering programs

  • Working experience with all major aspects of the software development life cycle (requirements, design, implementation, and test).

  • Excellent writing and communication skills are required, and ability to interact well in group meeting/working environments.

  • Familiarity with software architecture, systems engineering, software integration, and verification and validation.

  • Able to assess software risk and identify adverse conditions/off-nominal behaviors.

  • Takes ownership of tasks and problems and provides solutions.

  • Is a self-starter who can work independently, but also functions well in a collaborative team environment.

  • Maintains excellent rapport with all internal and external customers.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance


Desired Qualifications

- Experience in Propulsion and GN&C 

- Experience in working NASA programs such as the Shuttle, ISS, SLS, Orion

- Experience across the full software development life cycle (requirements, design, implementation, and test)

- Experience or knowledge of software system safety

- Experience in risk management

- Familiarity with the entry and exit criteria associated with Program/Project milestone reviews, and experience supporting

milestone reviews


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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