NASA IV&V Software Systems Engineer Associate
Job Type Full-time
Job Status Sourcing
Date Posted Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Job Description 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 several 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 simulation and modeling software background, software quality and safety 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.

May lead small teams of analysts performing verification and validation analyses.

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.

Work is performed on-site in Government facilities.

Occasional travel may be required.

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.

Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Physics, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or other software-related engineering program, OR 4 years of directly related experience in lieu of degree.

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

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

Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

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


Knowledge of human space programs/space domain topics such as mission and spacecraft ground operations, launch operations/processes, spacecraft guidance/navigation/control, propulsion, environmental control and life support
systems, vehicle system management, human/computer interfaces (displays and controls), software safety, and mission assurance.

Able to read and understand C / C++ source code to verify correct, complete, and consistent implementation of software requirements and behaviors.

Takes ownership of tasks and problems and provides solutions.

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

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

Familiar with software architecture.

Familiar with UML and/or Rational Rhapsody.

Familiar with Agile software development processes.

Familiar with Cybersecurity Assurance.

Familiar with Simulink and MATLAB.
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