KBRwyle Integrated Risk Neuroscientist in Houston, Texas

Integrated Risk Neuroscientist

Description

The primary purpose of this position is to provide scientific and project management support to the Human Factors and Behavioral Performance (HFBP) Element at NASA Johnson Space Center. This position with support the Lead Scientist in developing and delivering NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) vision to integrate the three risks associated with space radiation (acute inflight risk to Central Nervous System), the Behavioral Medicine risk (e.g., psychological vulnerabilities associated with isolation and confinement), and Sensorimotor risks (associated with altered gravity). This position requires an innovative, open-minded, cross-disciplinary scientist who will work closely with Lead Scientist for this integrative approach to help identify and assess the potential synergistic impact of how CNS exposure from space radiation impacts on psychological and sensorimotor processes in brain performance pathways relevant to spaceflight crew operational performance. The position requires the development, drafting for approval, and selection of research solicitations that may involve spaceflight relevant radiation exposures (i.e., rodents) and the neurobiological study in non-human primates. This position requires expertise in neurobehavior and neuroscience brain domain pathways, and scientific expertise and experience performing specialized and routine procedures, behavior training of Non-Human Primates (NHPs) (preferred), familiar with grants and animal use regulatory compliance, expertise in carrying out experiments including behavioral and neurophysiological experiments, evaluating research proposals in response to solicitations, performing background research for proposed studies, scheduling and coordinating integrated research team meetings, instructing other Human Factors and Behavioral Performance (HFBP) personnel in specialized procedures and techniques, including regulatory compliance, assists with planning for solicitation schedule, research reviews, monitor and maintain status on solicitations (current and projected), engage in datamining support to integrate research results from the three areas of integration.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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 Company’s 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

  • Provide inputs for an approach to help identify and assess the potential synergistic impact of how CNS exposure from space radiation impacts on psychological and sensorimotor processes in brain performance pathways relevant to spaceflight crew operational performance

  • Assist in development, drafting for approval, and selection of research solicitations that may involve spaceflight relevant radiation exposures (i.e., rodents) and the neurobiological study in non-human primates

  • Engage in datamining support to integrate research results from the three areas of integration, space radiation (acute inflight risk to Central Nervous System), the Behavioral Medicine risk (e.g., psychological vulnerabilities associated with isolation and confinement), and Sensorimotor risks (associated with altered gravity)

  • Using expertise in neurobehavior and neuroscience brain domain pathways, behavior training of Non-Human Primates (NHPs) (preferred), familiar with grants and animal use regulatory compliance, candidate will evaluate research proposals in response to solicitations and provide recommendations for funding

  • Perform background research for proposed studies

  • Scheduling and coordinating integrated research team meetings

  • Assists lead scientist in formulating and preparing scientific solutions, briefing, proposal reviews, plan development, communicating the integrated plan, and with media

  • Assist in planning, development of material in support of, execution, and results reports of Expert Panels

  • Provide scientific recommendation for a specific grant/task

  • Provide scientific recommendations, planning, and integration for analog requirements

Qualifications

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

REQUIRED:

  • PhD or MD plus 5-10 years of experience in neuroscience with significant experience with neurobehavioral expertise identifying brain-behavior operational performance pathways in rodents and/or non-human primates.

DESIRED:

  • Experience with radiation research

  • Experience with translating rodent measures to humans (Experience with both rodent and human research)

  • Behavior training of Non- Human Primates (NHPs)

  • Experience with grants and animal use regulatory compliance

SKILLS/TRAINING

REQUIRED:

Standard PC and Microsoft Office software proficiency using MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint at intermediate to advanced level for preparing reports and presentations is required. Effective written and verbal communication skills, both formal and informal are also required. The incumbent must have demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member, as well as excellent interpersonal skills and highly developed organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to coordinate technical and/or scientific requirement is also required. excellent organizational and analytical skills. Flexibility in responding to assignments. Must have ability to work with a diverse research staff; ability to work with confidential materials. Must possess willingness to engage in “preemptively innovative” scientific approach to help accelerate risk mitigation for the three spaceflight hazards. The ability to follow protocols, policies, and procedures is a must, as well as ability to respond appropriately when presented with novel situations that allow us to integrate approaches in our risk mitigation.

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.

Job: Science

Primary Location: US-US-TX-Houston

Req ID: 1064665