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NASA IV&V Guidance Navigation & Control Software Engineer 3

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Job ID: 194134
Location: FAIRMONT, WV, United States
Date Posted: Oct 28, 2019
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: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: No

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Job Description


SAIC is the sole 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 Guidance Navigation & Control 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



  • B.S. degree from an accredited university in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physical Sciences, or other applicable technical degree. Four years of successful, directly applicable additional experience in lieu of degree
  • 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



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