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NASA Junior Software Safety and Assurance Engineer

Job ID: 2301852
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Mar 2, 2023
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


SAIC offers exciting and challenging opportunities to support NASA’s present and future human spaceflight programs at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas under the Safety and Mission Assurance Engineering (SMAEC II) Contract.  This is an exciting time to be making history with the NASA SMA team assuring continuous human presence on the International Space Station and returning humans to the Moon and then to Mars safely. You will work in a collaborative environment comprised of NASA engineers, Mission Control personnel and astronauts. You will apply design and operations knowledge and expertise in various areas of SMA such as system safety, reliability, quality engineering and assurance, software, probabilistic risk assessment, and others.

In support of NASA Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA), the primary purpose of the GFE Software Assurance Engineer position is to assure that acquired and developed GFE software products supporting spaceflight are safe, reliable, and capable of performing required functions.  GFE projects supported fall under the ISS Program, Orion Program, Gateway Program, Extravehicular Activity, and various other NASA initiatives.  Our products include analysis/ assessment reports, safety data package inputs; documented comments, issues, and discrepancies; product inspection/review results; analysis and recommendations for NASA/SAIC management via milestone and product reviews, program panels/boards and Certificate of Flight Readiness (CoFR); as well as drafting procedures. 


  • Assure that GFE software requirements, design, and products meet NASA Flight Program (e.g., International Space Station Program), and Safety & Mission Assurance (S&MA) software assurance requirements
  • Assess software development, test, verification, process documentation, and change products and identify issues and non-compliances
  • Perform analysis to ensure compliance with program safety requirements (e.g., program Computer Based Controls System Safety Requirements) and applicable NASA standards (NPR 7150.2, NASA-STD-8739.8B)
  • Perform analysis (e.g., code test coverage, static analysis), prepare reports, present findings of audits/assessments and evaluations, and provide recommendations to the assigned GFE project, and NASA GFE S&MA Software Assurance Lead
  • Author or review and revise internal work processes
  • Participate in, and represent software S&MA assurance, as appropriate and as required in working groups, panels and boards in order to perform the above described tasks


Position Requirements

Possess a bachelors or higher degree in a technical field, preferably computer science, software engineering, other engineering fields.  Understanding of NASA software engineering and software assurance requirements. Familiar with NASA flight certification processes, or certification processes for other industries, including safety. 

Bachelors and zero (0) years or more of related experience

  • The development, assurance, and certification of complex, critical computerized control systems safety for systems containing software or programmable electronics, to include implementation of technical requirements for safety.  This may include NASA systems, or commercial systems (e.g., medical devices, energy, aviation).

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are approximately 26,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $7.4 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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