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Human Performance Engineer

Job No.: GCS-245

Job Description

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 & Performance and Space Suits & Physiology, to address health and performance risks for astronauts on the International Space Station and for future human exploration missions. This position will provide biomedical engineering support for tasks outlined in the Integrated Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Human Research Plan and the Exercise and Performance Strategic Roadmap. Projects may include evaluating exercise devices for exploration missions, evaluating biosensors for biomedical monitoring during exercise and EVA, testing human performance in prototype EVA suits, and developing operational concepts for future missions. Activities will include preparing hardware such as sensors and data acquisition systems, assisting with human research studies, developing code for data collection and analysis, and preparing study documentation.

  • Responsible for compliance with Safety, Health and Environmental plan; must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the Companys safety policies and rules and must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel
  • Responsible for compliance with the Quality Assurance Plan, policies and procedures
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance level as determined by the Company
  • Responsible for completing all assigned training
  • Work with the NASA H-3PO Lab Lead and Technical Area Integrators to implement research activities outlined in the Integrated EVA Human Research Plan and the Exercise and Performance Strategic Roadmap
  • Assist with study documentation, including Institutional Review Board protocols, test plans, test readiness review packages, progress reports, etc.
  • Design and maintain data acquisition systems, including Labview programming
  • Perform equipment set-up, calibration, and monitoring for tests/evaluations
  • Monitor human subjects and collect physiological data during research studies and/or operational training
  • Develop data analysis tools using MATLAB, R, or similar programming language
  • Assist with analysis of research and operational data
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations
  • Present technical results at internal meetings and scientific conferences
  • Archive data per NASA policy
  • Assist with development of grant proposals to perform relevant research
  • Operate models to predict human performance during EVA
  • Maintain knowledge of exercise countermeasure hardware and support operational assessments
  • 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

Qualifications & Experience


  • Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering or related engineering field
  • Experience conducting human health and performance research, including physiological monitoring
  • 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
  • Experience with MATLAB and R programming, or equivalent
  • 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 of NASA mission operations and hardware relevant to human health countermeasures and to EVA
  • Experience with implementation of studies to evaluate human performance and human-system interactions, especially related to spaceflight
  • Knowledge of NASA's policies for human health and performance research, including Institutional Review Board approvals, Test Readiness Reviews, etc
  • Experience contributing to proposals and manuscripts
  • Ability to critically analyze data and perform statistical analysis
  • Experience with spaceflight related analogs and/or simulations, including augmented/hybrid reality

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