Overview

Job Location:
Houston, Texas

Title:

PAM Biomedical Flight Controller (Supporting NASA at Johnson Space Center)

Description

The general function of the Biomedical Flight Controller (call-sign: BME) is to ensure astronaut health and safety by providing operational and technical support as representatives of the Human Health & Performance (HHP) Directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). This role is for a BME that will be primarily focused on coordinating Private Astronaut Mission (PAM) support and will be working as a technical integrator between the NASA leads, ISS BMEs (contractor function) and the Private Astronaut sponsoring company. The BME will provide this support through various project assignments, meeting support, and other mission support roles planning for and enabling PAM success. The PAM BME will coordinate PAM agreements for training, medical supplies, and real-time support between the commercial company sponsoring the private astronaut and NASA. The PAM BME will ensure strict adherence to export control requirements and ensure that all potential commercial providers have equitable access to information and opportunities.

Though not the primary function of this role, during PAM missions, the PAM BME will be expected to transition into a role of providing real-time console support. When supporting console, the BME provides this support in the Mission Control Center (MCC) and is the primary Crew Health Care System (CHeCS) representative to the MCC flight control team – CHeCS includes all hardware/software in the CounterMeasures System (CMS), Environmental Health System (EHS), Health Maintenance System (HMS), and private video teleconferencing (for routine medical checkups, remote telemedicine support, and psychological support of family/friends). A large portion of the job corresponding to flight operations involves responding to new situations as they arise, thinking on your feet, and relying on your training to react in a real-time, fast-paced operational environment. To obtain this skillset and maintain proficiency, the PAM BME will obtain an ISS BME backroom (MPSR) certification.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The PAM BME role includes:
    • Coordinate Private Astronaut Mission (PAM) agreements for training, medical supplies and real-time support between the commercial company sponsoring the private astronaut and NASA, ensuring adherence to export control requirements and equitable access to information and opportunities
    • Support HHP Operations Division (SD) PAM meetings as operations representative.
    • Support Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) PAM meetings as HHP representative.
    • Support/Coordinate PAM requirement documentation reviews
    • Assist PAM SD Integrator in implementing any new/additional PAM Provider requests as approved
    • Coordinate with PAM Provider (as directed), BME Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), MedOps training team, Flight Surgeons, and BME Increment Manager to provide Med Ops inputs for PAM missions (including but not limited to planning inputs)
    • Provide BME Flight Controller console and on-call support (as described below) during PAM docked operations as needed
    • Adhere to commercial company specific processes and procedures and likewise ensuring commercial company adherence to KBR &/or NASA procedures for training and operational requests, as applicable
  • Below are the functions of a BME Flight Controller, the PAM BME is expected to obtain [minimum of] a backroom console certification and to be able to perform the following:
    • Provide real-time BME Flight Controller operational and engineering support from the Mission Control Center (MCC) as it pertains to Medical Operations
    • Monitor biomedical, environmental, and other crew-related data during all mission phases
    • Perform and manage data/communications uplink and downlink in support of crew health and medical operations
    • Provide technical support to the crew and flight control team for the Crew Health Care System (CHeCS)
    • Coordinate and conduct private video teleconferencing between the crew and their medical support team and family members on the ground
    • Adhere to the Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) shift schedules for MCC Flight Controllers, at times requiring off-hour, weekend &/or longer than standard eight-hour workday support
    • Provide technical expertise to the Flight Surgeon in responding to crew health issues
    • Follow Space Station issues and provide/coordinate medical input when needed
    • Follow structured Space Station certification training program to meet specific training milestones in a timely manner
    • Meet all requirements to obtain Space Station Flight Controller certification for supporting MCC operations
    • Continue proficiency training following MCC certification
  • Must be able to work well both individually with a high degree of initiative and self-starter motivation, as well as in group environments that at times may require acting as the sole Medical Operations representative on a team

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering or a related Engineering/Sciences field, with 0-2 years of related experience
  • Communication (both verbal and written), problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Completion of a standard flight controller physical examination and government background check are required

Desired

  • A background in physiology or associated coursework
  • Prior experience in the spaceflight industry
  • Mission Control or other operational experience
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In compliance with the U.S. federal government’s vaccine mandate, only candidates who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a reasonable accommodation or approved medical exception will be considered for this position.

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.