NASA IV&V Software/Systems Engineer

  • Fairmont, WV
  • Full-time

Company Description

The WVHTC Foundation, based in Fairmont, West Virginia, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization functioning as an engine of economic change for growing a statewide, regional and national high-tech business sector. We have established a multi-faceted approach to maximize economic development, commercialization and workforce development.

The WVHTC Foundation offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental and prescription coverage, paid time off, 403(b) match, and paid holidays. Relocation assistance is available. 

Job Description

The WVHTC Foundation is seeking IV&V Engineers with a minimum of 7 years experience in NASA or military programs involving either spacecraft/launch vehicle flight software systems, OR space, ground and launch operations,  OR spacecraft/satellite guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) systems.


The positions are based in Fairmont, WV and will support NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program, delivering analysis, validation and verification of safety and mission-critical software for important NASA science and human exploration programs, in particular the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) Program, the Space Launch System (SLS) Program, and the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs technical task planning and supports the Project Lead in the execution and control of the tasks.
  • Performs full-lifecycle (i.e., Concept to Deployment) IV&V analysis 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 systems and software architecture, system and software requirements, software design, source code, and the developer’s unit, build, and systems integration 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 and mission critical software systems to ensure the system will not do what it is not supposed to do and will respond in a safe and desired manner under adverse conditions.
  • Interacts directly with targeted development program personnel providing a suitable interface for the program to gain access to the results of IV&V analyses. 
  • Leads 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.
  • Supports IV&V project lead directly as knowledgeable reviewer of IV&V products and services.
  • 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.
  • Participates in selected programs, events, and meetings involving staff, Government customers, and visitors.
  • Work is performed on-site in Government facilities. 


  • Experience and expertise with NASA or military programs involving either spacecraft/launch vehicle flight software systems, OR space, ground, and launch operations, OR spacecraft/satellite guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) systems.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or other software-related engineering program, OR an additional 4 years of directly related experience in lieu of degree
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills, good communication skills, and ability to interact well in group meeting/working environments
  • Work experience with all major aspects of the software development life cycle (requirements, design, implementation, and test)
  • Familiarity with software architecture, systems engineering, and verification and validation
  • Must be able to read and understand C or C++ source code to verify correct, complete, and consistent implementation of software requirements and behaviors
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance


Desired Experience:

  • Experience and familiarity with NASA programs involving space, ground, and spacecraft / launch operations/processing vehicle systems and domains such as mission and spacecraft ground operations; launch operations/processes; rocket engine propulsion; environmental control and life support systems; flight dynamics; vehicle system management; fault protection / fault management; launch, flight, and abort operations / processes; software safety; and mission assurance
  • Must be able to read and understand software designs in MATLAB/Simulink to verify correct, complete, and consistent design implementation of software requirements and behaviors
  • Experience integrating large complex safety-critical software systems
  • Experience in the performance of IV&V of complex systems incorporating real time operating systems and safety critical operations
  • Experience with Commercial Off-the Shelf (COTS) software evaluation
  • Familiarity with Agile software methods


Travel Requirements:

Occasional domestic travel is anticipated (<10%)


Lifting and other physical requirements:

This position does not require any lifting or other physical requirements.

Additional Information

The WVHTC Foundation is an equal opportunity organization.

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