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KBR Exercise Physiologist in Houston, Texas


Exercise Physiologist

Purpose/Function (Job Summary)

The position will 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 and Space Suits & Exploration Operations, to address health and performance risks for astronauts on the International Space Station and for future human exploration missions. This position will perform medical assessment testing on astronauts pre-, in-, and post-flight, and will also assist with data collection for human performance research studies and prototype hardware evaluations. Additional tasks may include assisting with data analysis and reports, maintaining standard operating procedures, and tracking laboratory equipment and supplies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

• Perform medical assessment testing per NASA medical requirement documents and prepare reports

• 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.

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

• Monitor human subjects and collect physiological data during medical tests, research studies and/or operational training

• Support tests during off-nominal work hours as required. This support is infrequent but occasionally data collections take place at night, in the early morning, or on weekends.

• Assist with analysis of research and operational data

• Assist with preparation of technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations

• Archive data per NASA policy

• Maintain knowledge of exercise countermeasure hardware, EVA hardware, and relevant in-flight operations; assist with operational assessments as needed

• Maintain standard operating procedures and work instructions

• Monitor inventory of laboratory consumables and place orders to replace as needed

• Perform laboratory equipment tracking and maintenance

• Conduct monthly laboratory inspections

• 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

• Bachelor's degree in physiology or related field and at least 5 years of experience is required

• Experience collecting physiological data on human subjects


• A Master’s degree in physiology or related field is highly desired.

• Experience with design and implementation of studies to evaluate human performance and human-system interactions, especially related to spaceflight

• Experience preparing project documentation, including protocols for the Institutional Review Board

• Knowledge of exercise countermeasures hardware



• 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, and personnel across multiple JSC directorates

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

• Experience using metabolic rate data collection systems (e.g. Parvomedics) and conducting isokinetic testing (e.g. Biodex systems)

• Demonstrated real-time problem solving skills

• Effective written and verbal communication skills, both formal and informal

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


• CSCS certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association

• Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist

• Experience developing standard operating procedures

• Experience with analyzing data using MATLAB, R, or equivalent

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