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NASA IV&V Software Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 201931
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: May 4, 2020
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. This position can be filled either in Fairmont, WV at the NASA Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility or in Houston, TX near the NASA Johnson Space Center.

SAIC supports 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 work independently and as a member of a team in one or more of these IV&V projects or other IV&V Program functional areas.

Roles and Responsibilities will include assignment in one or more aspects of the IV&V Program needs listed below:

  • 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.


  • 9+ years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree or 7+ years of experience with a Master's degree, in Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or other software related engineering program, OR an additional 4 years of directly related experience in lieu of degree. 
  • Experience and expertise with NASA, DoD, or commercial programs involving launch control systems, including knowledge of two or more of the following systems: Command & Data Handling, Environmental Control Systems, Hypergols, Avionics, Flight Controls, Cryogenics, Propulsion Systems, Electrical Power Subsystems, Thermal Control Subsystems, FDIR, Autonomous Systems, and Vehicle Health Management.
  • Working experience with all major aspects of the software development life cycle (requirements, design, implementation, and test).
  • 2+ years of experience developing software test plans, cases, procedures, and scripts and performing software and/or system testing of safety-critical and mission-critical software systems .
  • Experience reading and writing C / C++ source code to verify correct, complete, and consistent implementation of software requirements and behaviors.


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