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Senior Flight Software Engineer, Europa Clipper

Company: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Location: Pasadena
Posted on: May 16, 2019

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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That's our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers-literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission-your opportunity-is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you're driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you're ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.



Responsibilities

As an Embedded Flight Software Developer for the Advanced Flight Software Group, you will be working for JPL's Flight Software and Avionics Systems Section, which provides leadership and unique world-class expertise in Avionics System Engineering, Flight Command and Data Handling (C&DH) Software, Avionics System Integration, Test, Operations, and Software Technology Research.

This position will provide a seasoned software developer the experience in the form of embedded software development activities covering all lifecycle phases from software system engineering, requirements definition, design, implementation, unit testing and integration testing using simulations and avionics hardware. As a developer for the Core infrastructure (C&DH) and Europa mission specific flight software, this role will exercise innovation and sound engineering judgment in specifying and resolving complex embedded real-time software design problems for generating a product line product for flight missions. It is essential that the design meets two key criteria of satisfying the product line requirement that enables adaptation and optimal reuse by future flight projects, and the time/space partitioning requirement for the Europa project. The software development process will comply with the JPL institutional standard that is a CMMI level 3 organization.

Specific responsibilities include:


  • Working with the FSW architect and cognizant engineer to generate software requirements and design of the Core flight software components that meet the product line and space/time partitioned criteria.
  • Working with the Europa avionics and mission system engineers in defining project specific software requirements for the various subsystem domains.
  • Designing software modules that implement the functions of the Avionics subsystem that include flight system hardware/software interfaces, boot process, C&DH functions, System Fault Protection, and other subsystem applications (e.g., GNC, Power, Thermal, etc.) in both nominal and off-nominal scenarios.
  • Developing and delivering the Core and other subsystem flight software modules in C per design.
  • Working with the FSW Core Integration and Test lead to define verification items, test procedures, test execution, and delivery of the integrated software products.
  • Performing metrics collection to assess key performance metrics of the software.




    Qualifications

    This position typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.

    Other requirements include

    • Advanced knowledge of principles, theories, concepts and hands-on programming techniques in:


      • Developing, modifying, debugging, releasing and maintaining real-time embedded software systems for mission-critical, aerospace applications.
      • Developing embedded real-time application programs utilizing RTOS with Time and Space partitioned features (e.g., GHS/Integrity).
      • Developing application programs for the various functional domains (e.g., CDH, GNC, etc.) for execution in the Rad750 processor.
      • Developing device driver and software/hardware interfaces for both custom and commercial hardware. Debugging software/hardware interactions and possible failure modes.
      • Distributed computing and inter-process communication mechanisms in a space partitioned software architecture.
      • Communication buses and protocols: PCI/PCIe, 1553, Ethernet.


      • Experience with embedded flight software problem troubleshooting, isolation, and corrective action development.
      • In-depth development experience in the complete lifecycle of design, implementation, integration, and test of the flight software.
      • Experience with Avionics subsystem and integrated flight hardware. Ability to work with in-development hardware undergoing changing interface specifications
      • Familiarity with avionics subsystem flight and ground testbeds, support equipment, integration and validation.
      • Leadership ability for a software team in the development and delivery of reliable embedded real-time software applications that employs formal and structured lifecycle development process.
      • At least 4 years of C/C++ and Python programming experience.
      • Fluent in Linux OS and IDE environment (e.g., Multi) for software development and debugging.
      • Strong verbal and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with ability to work in a team environment.
      • Complete knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards (e.g., CMMI) across a range of applications related to flight software development, test, and delivery for the avionics sub-systems.

        Preferred qualifications include:

        • Advanced knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
        • Hands on experience in developing application programs using the Green Hills Integrity RTOS with Enhanced Partition Scheduler (EPS) and the associated software tool chain to implement Time and Space partitioned embedded real-time applications.
        • System engineering experience in generating, tracking and proving successful implementation of requirements.
        • Background in dynamics and control systems.
        • Experience with software development for space missions in an environment like JPL.

          ***Preferred candidate identified***




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          JPL is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and will, whenever possible, actively recruit and include for employment members of underrepresented minority groups, females, disabled veterans, protected veterans, and otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. JPL will hire, transfer, and promote based on the qualifications of the individual to ensure equal consideration and fair treatment of all.

          JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. For more information about "EEO is the Law" click here: eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf

          The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/

          If you are interested in applying for employment with Jet Propulsion Laboratory and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, contact our Human Resources department at (818) 354-5150 or via email at Staffing@jpl.nasa.gov.

          Written requests may be mailed to: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Attention: Staffing and Employment Programs, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop T1720C, Pasadena, CA 91109



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