Human Performance Scientist - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

United States


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 Applied Injury Biomechanics; to address health and performance risks for astronauts on the International Space Station and for future human exploration missions. This position will provide scientific support for tasks outlined in the Integrated Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Human Research Plan and the Exercise and Performance Strategic Roadmap. Tasks may include research studies and data mining to support evidence-based requirements and space-flight standards for exploration missions, developing new methods to monitor and evaluate crew performance during in-flight exercise and EVA, and testing prototype hardware for exercise and EVA. Activities will include leading human research studies, analyzing physiological data, preparing documents and manuscripts, and interfacing with engineering teams to provide subject matter expertise to support exploration hardware development.

  • Work with the NASA H-3PO Lab Lead to implement research activities outlined in the Integrated EVA Human Research Plan and the Exercise and Performance Strategic Roadmap
  • Coordinate, lead, and provide technical oversight on human research studies and engineering evaluations, including scheduling, integration with stakeholders and collaborators, and preparing final reports and recommendations for program management
  • Serve as Co-Investigator and/or Principal Investigator for studies, as appropriate
  • Prepare study documentation, including Institutional Review Board protocols, test plans, test readiness review packages, progress reports, etc.
  • Perform equipment set-up, calibration, and monitoring for tests/evaluations
  • Monitor human subjects and collect physiological data during research studies and/or operational training
  • Analyze and interpret research and operational data; consult with NASA statisticians as needed
  • Prepare technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations
  • Present technical results to NASA program management
  • Travel to scientific conferences to present technical results and meet with external collaborators
  • Archive data per NASA policy
  • Develop grant proposals to perform relevant research and assist with preparation of budget estimates
  • Monitor project schedules, deliverables and budget, and discuss status with lab project manager
  • Maintain knowledge of exercise countermeasure hardware, EVA hardware, and relevant in-flight operations; perform operational assessments as needed
  • Review and maintain knowledge of scientific literature relevant to Exercise and EVA physiology research and operations
  • Interface with scientific and engineering collaborators (internal and external) to ensure successful completion of research studies and provide inputs/recommendations to relevant hardware design
  • Assist NASA Technical Monitors with updates to NASA standards, and periodic review and update of human spaceflight risks
  • Provide inputs to weekly and monthly status reports
  • 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?



  1. Required:
  • PhD degree in biological science, biomedical engineering, or a related field, plus at least 5 years of related experience
  • At least 3 years of experience conducting human health and performance research, leading human research studies and collecting physiological data
  • Experience with design and implementation of studies to evaluate human performance and human-system interactions, especially related to spaceflight or similar analog environments
  • Experience preparing programmatic documentation and developing protocols for Institutional Review Boards
  1. Desired:
  • Experience with NASA mission operations and hardware relevant to human health countermeasures and/or EVA
  • Experience preparing NASA documentation, including protocols for the Institutional Review Board?


  1. Required:
  • Demonstrated ability to work with an inter-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and medical doctors
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to lead/coordinate projects and research studies
  • Demonstrated ability to critically analyze research data and assimilate findings
  • Demonstrated skill in successful proposal writing and preparation of technical reports, poster presentations, and peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • 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
  • Familiar with methods for statistical analysis
  1. Desired:
  • Ability to develop data analysis tools using MATLAB, R, or equivalent
  • Experience with spaceflight related analogs and/or simulations, including augmented/hybrid reality

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.

Job: Engineering, Technology, & Science

Primary Location: US-US-TX-Houston

Req ID: 1084480