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Software Safety Engineer

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Webster, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2024

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Software Safety Engineer who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop quality assurance processes and procedures relative to the design, qualification, manufacture, inspection, test, and acceptance of products to ensure products adhere to defined requirements.
  • Maintain training program in the aspects of Quality and the Quality Management System (QMS). Maintain Quality Management System (QMS) for compliance to CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration).
  • Develop material for Computer Safety Panel (CSP) review/assessment.
  • Support Review Board process for non-conforming materials and products, as necessary.
  • Support various working groups and panels specializing in anomaly/non-conformance resolution, ensuring the Corrective/Preventative Action Plan (CAP) implementation.
  • Support internal audits, submit findings, recommend Corrective Action Requests (CARs), and ensure timely completion of audits.
  • Conduct product and process assessments/audits for compliance that support continuous improvements.
  • Support the organization in achieving and maintaining a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) level certification in software development.
  • Develop quality reports/presentations and perform other Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) tasks as necessary.
  • Maintain and improve software quality processes and procedures.
  • Implement and ensure adherence to the non-conformance process that ensures non-conformances are investigated, trends are tracked, and issues resolved.
  • Review and analyze drawings/models, specifications, standards, and conformance criteria for product adherence.
  • Develop reports/status/presentations to S&MA and program leadership in alignment with our quality management system to support the objectives and goals of S&MA.
  • Communicate with subject matter experts across disciplines, users and management throughout the software test and development lifecycle.
  • Communicate technical concepts to all audience types, including non-technical.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in spacecraft software engineering, with a focus on safety-critical systems.
  • Proficiency in C++ programming language, particularly in embedded systems environments.
  • Familiarity with safety standards and guidelines relevant to spacecraft software development, such as NASA-STD-8719.13, 8739.8, SSP-50038
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, with the ability to identify and mitigate software safety risks effectively.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with real-time operating systems (RTOS) commonly used in spacecraft embedded systems.
  • Familiarity with software safety analysis techniques, such as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) or Fault Tree Analysis (FTA).
  • Knowledge of software development lifecycle processes and methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall.
  • Experience with software verification and validation tools and techniques, such as static analysis, dynamic testing, and model-based testing.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • 5+ years’ experience in Software Quality Assurance for human spaceflight or a combined equivalent of education and experience
  • Experience in maintaining a CMMI level rating in software development is desired but not required.
  • Knowledge of Quality Management System (QMS) and quality processes related to the aerospace industry.
  • Ability to plan, perform analyses, and report results in relationship to the quality requirements, product and process assessments, qualification, inspection, test, audit, trends, and improvement of software products.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task on multiple projects
  • Ability to thrive in a fast environment and produce timely results
  • Ability to demonstrate strong attention to detail

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.

Requirements

  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).

Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.