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Lead Robot Software Engineer

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Job ID: 2117718
Location: GREENBELT, MD, United States
Date Posted: Apr 6, 2022
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Lead Robot Software Engineer on the OMES II contract to develop next generation robotic software systems with the OSAM-1 program in NASA’s Exploration & In-Space Services (NExIS) projects division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  This position is located in Greenbelt, MD.

The OSAM-1 mission is a Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) NExIS managed mission. OSAM-1 is a robotic servicing mission designed to refuel a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. It contains 3 elements: the Flight Element comprised of the OSAM-1 Servicing Vehicle (RSV) and development testbeds, the Ground Element comprised of the systems required to conduct RSV operations and the supporting networks and facilities, and the Launch Element comprised of the Launch Vehicle and supporting facilities and services. NExIS is responsible for the design, engineering, development, test and operations of the OSAM-1 Mission through an integrated team at GSFC. The Servicing Payload design, development and RSV integration will be conducted at GSFC.


  • Provide technical direction for the design and development of robotic systems and associate technologies.
  • Define software architectures, requirements, solutions and development environments for terrestrial and space robotic systems.
  • Develop software components and algorithms for spacecraft servicing robotic systems.
  • Work with other engineers and scientists to design, develop, integrate and test related systems and software components.
  • Create and deliver technical presentations to support the design and development of robot systems, including requirement and design reviews.
  • Oversee the day-to-day software development flow and integration process.




  • BS or higher in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Robotics or Computer Engineering and 9+ years of applicable experience.
  • Hands-on experience with robotic software development in C++.
  • Experience with kinematics, motion control, and motion planning.
  • Excellent programming knowledge of object oriented programming in C++.
  • Experience with product version control and release management.
  • Experience in all phases of the software development lifecycle – gathering requirements, design, implementation, testing, debugging, and deployment to the end user.
  • Ability to assess new APIs and tools for software development.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • US citizen or Green Card Holders.


  • Working understanding of the Agile software development lifecycle.
  • Experience with Open Robot Control Software (Orocos).
  • Experience with Robot Operating System (ROS or ROS 2).
  • Experience designing and debugging multi-threaded software systems.
  • Familiarity with communication protocols and their implementation (e.g. TCP, UDP, serial, EtherCAT, SpaceWire).
  • Experience with embedded software systems and real time operating systems (RTOS).
  • Experience designing and developing user interfaces.
  • Experience working with C++ libraries: Boost, Qt.

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