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Senior Space Software Engineer

Job ID: 2303700
Location: SAN BERNARDINO, CA, United States
Date Posted: Mar 16, 2023
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a highly motivated Engineer to support the U.S. Space Force, candidate will perform Mission Assurance and Independent Verification and Validation of launch service contractor (LSC) flight software.

This is a leadership opportunity to support the United States Space Force and there is a potential for occasional remote work. . 

At the San Bernardino engineering center we are a multi-discipline team of propulsion, structures, fluid mechanics, avionics, guidance, navigation, controls, and software engineers.

The center supports the Rocket System Launch Program (RSLP) which is a United States Space Force program that provides quick access to space for other government agencies.  We work with various launch vehicle contractors throughout the country and perform independent verification and validation (IV&V) of their launch vehicle designs. 

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Mentor junior engineers in Software concepts, processes, analyses, and tool development
  • Lead and mentor team in the following analysis tasks:
    • Independent review and analysis of launch vehicle contractor flight software requirements, design and implementation, and test and integration processes and products from an entire software development lifecycle
    • Developing analysis tools to support independent reviews and analyses
    • Lead team in performing data collection, manipulation, and reduction in support of reviews and analyses
    • Participating in technical interchanges and reviews to assess launch vehicle contractor’s development progress and provide additional analyses such as anomaly investigations and risk assessments as requested by the customer
    • Reviewing LSC software testing including planning, procedures, and results
    • Performing software load verification to ensure correct flight software is properly loaded on launch vehicle
    • Performing post-flight assessment of flight and ground software
    • Assist the development of automated testing software
    • Preparing presentations, reports, and other contract deliverables related to analyses performed
    • Presenting results of analyses to, and address issues and concerns with, program office, customers, launch contractors, and independent peer review teams
  • Lead and mentor team in the following analysis tool development tasks:
    • Developing and configuring a computer-in-the-loop (CIL) analysis toolset which integrates launch support contractor flight software and equipment within a high-fidelity, real-time flight dynamics and environment simulation using embedded equipment and software
    • Conducting dynamic analysis of launch vehicle contractor’s flight software using CIL analysis toolset
    • Applying configuration control and quality assurance to analysis tool products


Required Education: 

  • Bachelors and five (5) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience; PhD and 0 years related experience


Desired Education: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Engineering and 5 years related experience


Required Skills: 

  • High proficiency with:
    • C/C++ and other scientific programming languages (Python, Matlab)
    • Linux and Bash
  • Experience with:
    • Object-Oriented software architectures

    • Software code review and testing as well as programming

    • Software development standards, policies, and procedures

  • Proficiency with:
    • Mathematics (linear algebra, statistics)

    • Software configuration management (Git, GitHub)

    • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Proven experience leading multi-tasking team efforts and guiding the technical progress of  inexperienced engineers
    • Defining, delegating, and tracking tasks

    • Guiding and bounding debugging and problem solving efforts

    • Determining task schedules and levels of effort

  • Demonstrated presentation skills and experience interfacing with program offices, customers, associated contractors, and other program related organizations
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills reflecting a proactive, self-starting, independent, flexible, team-based approach



  • Ability to obtain DoD Secret Security Clearance


Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding engineering disciplines including guidance, navigation and controls
  • Experience with:
    • Linux OS administration Scripting languages
    • Visualization tools and programming
    • Designing and using automated testing software and testing frameworks
    • Fortran programming language
    • Embedded computer systems and software
    • Real-time computing
    • High fidelity simulation and modeling
    • Test equipment

Target salary range: $125,001 - $150,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.

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.


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