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NASA Statistician Principal

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Job ID: 2014598
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Sep 21, 2020
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Statistician
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: No

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Job Description


SAIC is seeking to hire a Principal Statistician with Safety & Reliability experience to support NASA’s human spaceflight programs at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. 


Job Description:

  • Develop HLS subsystem PRA models using SAPHIRE and Excel, and supporting trade studies
  • Provide expertise in the application of system safety and reliability analyses in support of NASA’s Human Lander System (HLS) program
  • Develop and utilize system safety and reliability analysis such as hazard analysis, FMEA, RBDA, FTA, HRA and PRA to assess ground support and spaceflight hardware, software, pre-launch, in-flight and post landing recovery operations to identify hazards and quantify risk of designated operations, conditions or events related to planned human spaceflight missions
  • Perform reliability data analysis, including the collection, classification and validation of data used to model and predict the reliability of complex spaceflight systems and crew operations under extreme environmental conditions 
  • Provide system modeling and data analysis expertise to develop reliability and probabilistic risk assessment models, and the reduction and application of probability data, including development of early flight adjustment factors
  • Coordinate with spaceflight hardware/software developers and operators to collect  failure and operations related data necessary to model spaceflight systems
  • Provide modeling and data analysis for design and operational trade studies to support risk informed decision making
  • Document assessment/analysis results in formal reports and present findings and recommendations to senior management
  • Provide technical assessments of System Safety, Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) products and processes developed/used by NASA contractors and hardware providers


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors in Engineering, Science (Physics), Mathematics, or Statistics, and 15 years or more experience.
  • Knowledgeable on various statistical analysis methodologies, tools and techniques including their proper application and limitations


  • Must be a U.S. citizen and able to obtain a Public Trust clearance
  • Ability to pass a NASA background check to get access to NASA facilities and IT systems

Required Skills: 

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple organizations / stakeholders and within a teaming environment to get results
  • Ability to work autonomously, with minimal management oversight, to prioritize work and accomplish tasks within tight schedule constraints
  • Ability to visualize, articulate, and condense complex issues into concise, easily understood presentations
  • Ability to generate high quality written technical reports and prepare and give high quality technical presentations for senior management and the NASA customer
  • Proficient in the use of SAPHIRE, Excel and other statistical tools
  • PRA experience is a must.


Desired Skills: 

  • Previous Human Reliability Analysis experience
  • Previous experience performing root cause analysis
  • Safety & Reliability experience is a bonus


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