Human Health and Performance Scientist

The Aerospace Corporation
Center, TX
Added: April 16, 2024
The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Building on The Aerospace Corporation's reputation as a trusted, impartial advisor with integrity and dedication to mission success, the Civil Systems Group (CSG) combines deep technical expertise with market-leading innovation to help our customers solve complex systems engineering and integration challenges. CSG is organized by core customer-facing lines of business to manage and grow programs within NASA, NOAA, USGS, and the NNSA, while extending our capabilities to other civilian federal government agencies fully integrated within Aerospace rules, regulations, processes, values, and behaviors.

Within the CSG, the Human Exploration and Space Flight (HESF) Division supports our NASA customer in all aspects of human space flight. The primary function of this position is to support NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Human System Risk Management (HSRM). The HSRM team is seeking an exceptional Post-Doctoral applicant as a Staff Scientist in the area of Spaceflight Human System Risk Characterization, Prioritization, and Management.

The incumbent will be an active member of the risk management team assisting in the characterization, mitigation, and communication of human system risks derived from spaceflight hazards. The individual will assist in the planning and delivery of risk communication methods and assure the overall risk mitigation objectives of the Human System Risk Board (HSRB) are met. The HSRB operates in the Human Health and Performance Directorate (HHPD) to optimize human health throughout all phases of spaceflight, providing support in development of systems, processes, and tools for achieving the goals of NASA.

This is a full-time hybrid position based in Houston, TX at Johnson Space Center that allows for some remote work.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Working with subject matter experts to facilitate regular updates to risk posture for the Human System Risks
  • Providing guidance to Risk Custodian teams on strength of evidence reporting and prioritization of risk work
  • Developing knowledge as a subject matter expert on risk assessment and risk communication
  • Working with data provided by and maintained by the Longitudinal Study of Astronaut Health (LSAH) to provide quantitative risk postures via probabilistic risk analysis and other methods.
  • Learning to coordinate with Health and Medical Technical Authority Delegates to programs on risk related matters for human health and performance
  • Gaining experience with the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer (OCHMO) standards group to enable risk-informed updates to NASA Standard 3001 and other policy and standards documentation
  • Facilitating coordination with Human Health and Performance Division Leadership to ensure coverage of Risk Custodian activities, assignment of Risk Custodians, and maintenance of scheduled risk activities for the Human System Risk Board
  • Creating and presenting regular progress reports to the Human System Risk Board

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • MD with experience in clinical practice who also has experience in a secondary field relevant to engineering or life sciences, or PhD in field relevant to engineering, life sciences, or risk with research or experience in aerospace or austere medicine-related activities
  • MD/PhD will also be considered
  • Requires at least 5 years of post doctoral experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, research, and publishing experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to facilitate discussion of complex scientific topics in a large group setting
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including effectively explaining concepts to managers and scientists
  • Ability to lead and motivate others in multi-professional setting
  • Ability to define task requirements for project formulation activities
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple concurrent tasks and provide direction on competing priorities
  • Ability to be at JSC for at minimum 1 week a month in person

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Graph theory and development of Directed Acyclic Graphs
  • Strong ability to create technical partnerships, develop advocacy, generate technical, financial and schedule projects associated with project formulation and approval
  • Knowledge in negotiating techniques in defining program requirements and constraints
  • Knowledge in tactical resource planning and integrating and balancing those resources against multiple goals and objectives
  • Knowledge in managing complex organizational interfaces

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.