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Robot Software Engineer

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Job ID: 2117719
Location: GREENBELT, MD, United States
Date Posted: Feb 10, 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
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Robot Software Engineer on the OMES II contract to to develop next generation robotic software systems used to support robot activities of 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.


  • Develop software components and algorithms for spacecraft servicing robotic systems.
  • Provide technical direction for the design and development of robotic systems and associate technologies.
  • Work with other engineers and scientists to design, develop, integrate and test related systems and software components.
  • Oversee the day-to-day software development flow and integration process.




  • BS or higher in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Robotics or Computer Engineering and 1+ years of applicable experience.
  • Hands-on experience with software development in C++.
  • Excellent programming knowledge of object oriented programming in C++.
  • Experience with product version control and release management.
  • Working understanding of the Agile software development lifecycle.
  • 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.


  • Experience developing software for robotic software systems.
  • Experience with kinematics, motion control, and motion planning.
  • 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.

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