Senior Flight Software Engineer

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Blue Origin was founded with a vision to enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth. In order to preserve Earth, Blue Origin believes in the need to enable humanity to expand, explore, find new energy and material resources, and move industries that stress Earth into space. Blue Origin believes it has an important role in building a road to space and lowering the cost of getting there. At Blue Origin, we’re working on this today by developing fully reusable launch vehicles and systems that are safe, reliable and affordable. Every launch vehicle is designed for human spaceflight from the beginning and able to ferry payloads to space.

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a small leadership team you’ll play a critical role in the architecture, development, integration and verification/validation of all the software for the New Glenn rocket system.  This is a very hands-on role where your job will evolve alongside the lifecycle of the software used both on and off the vehicle. We’re looking for a senior-level engineer, a leader with excellent technical and communication skills with extensive experience in Model Based Design (MBD) methodologies and formal methods for verifying and validating safety critical software to established military or commercial standards (e.g. DO-178C or similar). You’ll be able to direct system-level aspects of the software design in order to ensure that we’re building a streamlined, verifiable software solution. A successful candidate has the skills to author the foundational planning documents for software teams to follow, as well as dive deep into technical areas to resolve issues as they arise in development, integration, or verification. Launch vehicles today are systems of software systems, and this is role is pivotal in qualifying that system for flight.

In this role you will help define and author the software development and verification plans.  You will help plan and execute the integrated software verification and validation program.  You will define risk reduction integration methods in coordination with system engineering.  You will monitor and approve system-level software tests.  You will work closely with Guidance & Control engineers or systems engineers to develop testing solutions against system-level performance requirements.  You will participate in all aspects of integrated hardware/software system verification and validation including planning, execution, troubleshooting, issue resolution, documentation of results, and reviews.  You will help promote Design for Verification as a core principle of the development team.  You will help establish the methods and processes necessary to qualify Simulink auto-coded low-level software requirements.

Additionally, you will mentor and provide technical guidance to other engineers across the program and the company.  You will collaborate with software development engineers and hardware simulation engineers to identify and resolve root causes of failures. And you will generate metrics and trending for managing risk and communicating software readiness for flight operations.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or related technical discipline
  • 7+ years relevant experience with verification/validation of safety critical software
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience in the full lifecycle development of aerospace systems, including requirement definition, design solution definition, implementation, integration, verification and validation, qualification, commissioning and operation
  • Demonstrated experience with MATLAB and Simulink and auto-coding methods
  • Hands-on experience with embedded software testing and test development
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum

Desired:

  • M.S. or PhD in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or related technical discipline
  • Able to identify problems, perform root cause analysis, and implement corrective actions
  • Experience with aerospace vehicles (e.g., Boeing 787, 777x, Orion) and model-based design (MBD) methodologies leading to certification of human spaceflight systems

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government commercial space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the U.S. (i.e. current green card holder), or lawfully admitted as a refugee or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. §  1157-1158.   Learn more about the ITAR here.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to view a copy of Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at EEOCompliance@blueorigin.com.

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