This position will support the cross-cutting Program Integration function in the Human Physiology, Performance, Protection, and Operations (H-3PO) Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center. H-3PO performs research and provides operational expertise in several technical areas, including Exercise Physiology & Performance, Applied Injury Biomechanics, and Space Suits & Exploration Operations, to address health and performance risks for astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and for future human exploration missions. The H-3PO Lab is in the Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences (BRES) Division under the Human Health and Performance (HH&P) Directorate. This H-3PO Human Performance Integrator will also be required to interface across different programs [Human Landing Systems (HLS), Gateway, Orion, and ISS].
Duties & Responsibilities:
There are two immediate focuses of this position. One is integration between H-3PO and the exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) project, the goal of which is to develop the next generation spacesuit for use on the next lunar missions and beyond. The other is integration between H-3PO and HLS. Performing this job effectively will require maintaining a broad knowledge of all human health and performance requirements (including requirements pertaining to crew health, environmental factors, medical operations, physiology, anthropometry, strength and biomechanics, maintenance and housekeeping, safety, habitability and architecture, information management, and displays and controls) especially as they pertain to xEMU and HLS. This will involve engaging SMEs for technical details, implementing Human Systems Integration (HSI) strategies, and informing NASA Health and Medical Technical Authority (HMTA) and HH&P/division management as needed.
- Obtain in depth understanding and maintain awareness of exploration Extravehicular Activity (xEVA)/xEMU and HLS programs.
- Obtain in depth understanding and maintain awareness of ongoing projects and task in H-3PO especially those related to xEMU and HLS.
- Provide human systems integration support for xEVA/HLS/Gateway to NASA customers.
- Coordinate with technical Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
- Coordinate with NASA Program requirement owners as needed.
- Represent H-3PO and crew health requirements at design milestones (i.e., SRR, PDR, CDR)
- Provide insight to xEVA/HLS/Gateway Program compliance with HMTA mandatory standards as well as inform HMTA decisions.
- Coordinate and participate in NASA Program document and design reviews, develop corresponding summary assessments, and follow up on resulting actions.
- Provide input for requirements mapping from HMTA standards to xEVA/HLS/Gateway Program documents and corresponding gap analysis.
- Document and track actions, concerns, and decisions
- Review and assess integrated test and analysis activities, formulate, summarize, and represent an HMTA position based on subject matter expertise for xEVA/HLS/Gateway Program reviews.
- Develop position papers, presentations, and/or requirements interpretations for HMTA issues.
- Participate in HMTA meetings, Gateway Program meetings, HLS Program meetings, xEVA/xEMU meetings, HH&P meetings, and internal team meetings; develop and deliver presentations as necessary.
- 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
- Must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident
- The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering, human systems integration, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, biomedical science, or closely related field and at least 5 years of related experience.
- Demonstrated experience in integration or human systems integration
- Experience with systems engineering & integration (SE&I)
- Experience with spaceflight design process
- Experience with NASA Human Health and Performance Directorate and/or NASA Technical Authority
- Knowledge of human spaceflight, especially extravehicular activity (EVA) operations, spacesuits, and HLS.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member; employee will be required to work and communicate with personnel across multiple JSC directorates
- Effective verbal and written communication skills; ability to listen to Subject Matter Experts (SME), understand, and accurately represent their position, but not to serve as the expert to the exclusion of the SME
- Highly motivated with developed organizational skills
- Demonstrated real-time problem-solving skills
- Ability to translate concepts across multiple disciplines.
- Standard PC and Microsoft Office skills for preparation of documents and presentations
- Familiarity with industry standards (e.g., NASA-STD-3001) and NASA human space flight Programs.