Scientist (Supporting NASA at Johnson Space Center) - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

United States


Scientist (Supporting NASA at Johnson Space Center)


The principal reason for this position is to provide scientific and technical support to NASA-sponsored flight and ground sensorimotor experiments conducted by the Neuroscience Laboratory. The Neuroscience Laboratory is a component of the Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences Division, which is responsible for the performance of biomedical research focused on: 1) understanding the normal human response to space flight, and 2) developing, testing, and delivering countermeasures to those untoward responses that may affect crew health, safety, and/or performance during or after space flight missions.


Prepare JSC Institutional Review Board (IRB) human research protocols and other documentation required for running experiments at JSC.

Develop/prepare grant proposals, reports and manuscripts.

Participate in data collection, analysis, reduction, and interpretation.

Assist in experiment protocol development and implementation.

Follow detailed research study protocols and data management procedures.

Maintain organized and secure approach to retrieval and analysis of archived data.

Willingness and ability to undertake domestic and foreign travel, as required, to support space flight, bed rest, and ground-based experiments.

Must be comfortable in simultaneously coordinating multiple projects and managing individual responsibilities.

Approach tasks with flexibility and willingness to re-direct efforts in the event of changing laboratory priorities.

Participate in scientific conferences to present recent experimental results and interact with extramural scientists to remain abreast with current research.

Analyze and organize technical data and reports for management review.


Required: This position requires a Ph.D. degree in human physiology or a closely allied field with 0-2 years’ experience, a Master’s degree with 4 years’ experience. A degree in Experimental Psychology, Sensory Physiology, Motor Control or similar related field is preferred. Unrelated degrees will be considered if work experience includes a comparable level of human subject testing and reporting. Previous work experience should include: sensorimotor research; development, design, and conduct of human research protocols; preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts; and analysis of physiological data. Evidence of scientific productivity, in the form of written manuscripts/reports, is required. Given the educational requirements, it is assumed that the incumbent has conducted literature reviews, collected, analyzed, interpreted, reported and presented human subject data. Experience working effectively both in small teams and independently is also required.



Superior written and oral communication skills are required.

Excellent interpersonal skills, highly developed organizational skills and an ability to cope with shifting/competing goals is necessary.

The incumbent must be computer literate and must be able to master the use of spreadsheets and other software packages used for data collection, reduction and analysis. In particular, the incumbent should be proficient with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and Power Point).

The successful applicant will need to be familiar with basic statistical techniques and principles of experimental design.

The employee must be willing to obtain a thorough knowledge of policies and procedures governing the use of human test subjects and adhere to these policies on a daily basis.

The incumbent must have the ability and willingness to travel independently (domestic and international).

Proficiency with Matlab programming.

Desired: Strong ability in statistics and statistical analyses.

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