Human Performance Engineer - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

United States

Title: Human Performance Engineer

Location: US-US-TX-Houston

Job Number: 1076633

The purpose of this position is to support the Human Physiology, Performance, Protection, and Operations (H-3PO) Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

This multi-disciplinary laboratory performs research and provides operational expertise in several technical areas, including Exercise Physiology & Performance, Space Suits & Exploration Operations, and Occupant Protection, to address health and performance risks for astronauts on the International Space Station and for future human exploration missions.

This position will primarily support the Occupant Protection project, which was established to develop reliable methods to predict injury for spacecraft landing scenarios and to establish injury limits for future vehicles to protect astronauts from impact injuries during dynamic phases of flight. A combination of human crash-injury dataset analysis, finite element modeling, and laboratory sled tests with Anthropomorphic Test Devices are used.

This position will be required to coordinate science across internal and external stakeholders and collaborators, assist with data collection and data analysis, and prepare technical documents.



Work with the NASA H-3PO Lab Lead and Technical Area Integrators to implement research activities outlined in the Integrated EVA Human Research Plan, the Exercise and Performance Strategic Roadmap, and the Occupant Protection Path to Risk Reduction


Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders and collaborators, including planning meetings, coordinating scientific deliverables, and assisting with tracking schedule and budget


Document meeting minutes and track actions for the project team


Develop and maintain study documents, including test plans, test readiness review documents, Institutional Review Board proposals, etc


Perform equipment set-up, calibration, and monitoring for tests/evaluations


Collect data during sled test studies (will require occasional travel)


Analyze study data using previously developed MATLAB scripts, and develop new data analysis tools as needed


Assist with development of spaceflight standards and requirements related to occupant protection


Organize, manage, and archive study data and documentation


Assist with development of technical presentations


Prepare technical reports and assist with development of scientific manuscripts


Provide inputs to monthly technical status reports


Archive data per NASA policy


Assist with development of grant proposals to perform relevant research


Demonstrate a positive problem-solving attitude with an enthusiasm for working as part of an exceptional team


Demonstrate a strong work ethic and commitment to the customer and team


Serve as a test subject for protocol and hardware evaluations on a volunteer basis


Perform other duties as assigned




• Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering or related engineering field?


• Knowledge of human physiology, the scientific process, and research design/implementation

• Experience conducting or coordinating human research

• Knowledge of NASA mission operations



• Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member; employee will be required to work and communicate with human test subjects, astronauts, personnel across multiple JSC directorates and external collaborators

• Proficiency in MATLAB programming

• Demonstrated skill in preparation of technical reports

• Highly motivated with developed organizational skills; must be able to work independently with minimal oversight and support multiple projects

• Demonstrated real-time problem solving skills

• Effective written and verbal communication skills, both formal and informal, including oral presentations

• Standard PC and Microsoft Office skills for preparation of documents and presentations


• Knowledge in the field of injury biomechanics

• Experience in R, Python, C programming, or similar

• Experience working with Anthropomorphic Test Devices (ATDs)

• Knowledge of vehicle/occupant finite element modeling

• Knowledge of statistical analysis methods

• Experience contributing to proposals and manuscripts

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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