NASA Lunar Terrain Vehicle Safety Engineer (E2)

This position offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to support NASA’s return to the moon! You will assist with the design, development, test and evaluation of lunar terrain vehicle systems and mission planning for NASA’s lunar exploration programs. You will be responsible for ensuring the lunar terrain vehicle systems comply with all applicable Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) requirements. Your experience with spacecraft systems will be especially valuable. Robotics, mechanism and remote operations experience are also desired. Specific tasks include:

  • Assist with the development and effective implementation of Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) requirements, processes and procedures
  • Evaluation of lunar terrain vehicle design and operations for compliance to NASA S&MA requirements and system certification limits / constraints
  • Evaluation of changes to requirements, materials, processes and procedures for avionics systems for potential impacts to flight safety and mission success
  • Evaluation of prime contractor processes and products including hazard analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), design verification analysis, reliability and maintainability analysis, limited life item time/cycle tracking reports, hardware qualification and acceptance test reports related to avionics systems
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and trade studies related to avionics systems
  • Perform integrated hazard analyses of joint operations between exploration projects such as HLS, Gateway, Orion and Extravehicular Activity Systems (EVAS) to identify potential hazards, hazard causes and controls, and document residual flight safety risk related to lunar terrain vehicle systems
  • Identify, characterize and provide recommendations regarding mitigation of safety and mission assurance risks related to avionics systems to senior management
  • Participation in failure analysis and problem resolution related to lunar terrain vehicle systems


  • Five or more years related experience with spacecraft systems, robotic systems, mechanisms or related systems
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills
  • High degree of technical excellence, integrity, and self-initiative
  • Ability to evaluate technical merits of spacecraft designs and identify alternative solutions to complex technical problems to mitigate mission risk
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple organizations / stakeholders and within a teaming environment to get results
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Power Point, Excel)
  • Candidates must be US citizens and able to pass a public trust security clearance


  • Experience with robotic and or mechanical systems related to spacecraft or aircraft flight operations and control
  • Experience with spacecraft robotics or mechanical design, test and verification, maintenance, and operations
  • Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) experience is desirable with emphasis on development and utilization of system safety (hazard analysis) and reliability analyses (FMEA/CIL, PRA, RBDA, FTA) to inform and influence design, test and verification activities, and planned flight operations
  • Experience performing root cause analysis and development of fault trees to support anomaly / non-conformance investigations

EDUCATION:  BS in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or other STEM degree, required. 

Qualifications: Five (5) years or more experience; Masters and 2 years related experience, required.

Required:  Candidate must be a U.S. citizen and able to obtain and retain Public Trust security clearance. Salary: Salary at CYFOR Technologies is determined by various factors, including but not limited to location,  the individual’s particular combination of education, knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience, as well  as contract-specific affordability and organizational requirements. The projected annual compensation range  for this position is $65,000 to $85,000 annually. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range  for this position and is just one component of CYFOR’s total compensation package for employees.

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