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Job Title:Medical Officer

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Job Announcement Number:JS13H0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$128,231.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Houston, TXView Map


This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.


NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The position serves as Medical Officer in the Human Spaceflight Operations Branch providing medical expertise to the International Space Station (ISS), Multi- Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and Commercial Crew Programs at the Johnson Space Center.

This position is advertised under Direct Hire authority.


  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
  • Frequent travel may be required
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date


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The position serves as Medical Officer in the Human Spaceflight Operations Branch providing medical expertise to the International Space Station (ISS), Multi- Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and Commercial Crew Programs at the Johnson Space Center.

The Flight Surgeon's role is to provide primary medical care of assigned mission astronauts, payload specialists, and space flight participants. Conducts pre- and post flight medical examinations of flight crews and as required clinical care to assure fitness for duty of crews to meet mission objectives. Primary care responsibility may be extended to the astronauts dependents.

As assigned, the successful candidate will serve as the crew surgeon, deputy crew surgeon, or Flight Control Room (FCR) surgeon in support of space flight missions. Monitors manned space flights to enhance crew health and safety and collect biomedical data necessary to advance knowledge of physiological response to the space environment. Develops and manages programs to identify and address medical problems encountered during spaceflight associated with the International Space Station (ISS), Multi- Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and Commercial Crew Programs.

Additional duties include serving as a medical monitor for human in the loop testing supporting flight operations and/or clinical and biomedical research. As medical expert, will provide training to assigned crews directed at addressing aerospace and emergency medical problems associated with human space flight. As assigned, serves on boards, committees, and panels where medical expertise is required.

Serves as Aviation Medical Examiner, as required. Participates and maintains proficiency as required of flight surgeons in various NASA aircraft including STA, zero-G and T-38. This requires ejection seat training, water survival training, physiologic training and a NASA flight physical.

Successful candidate can expect routine "on-call" coverage after hours and weekends.

This position requires frequent travel.

The individual will be required to pass a NASA Flight Physical and obtain a security clearance.

This is a drug-testing designated position.


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Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as at least 5 years of relevant clinical experience; background in Aerospace Medicine; professional experience in planning, conducting and evaluating clinical medical programs; and the ability to communicate effectively, including making oral presentations, teaching and publishing; and knowledge of grant and contract procedures.

The experience must include at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting (i.e. a year of a residency program in an accredited institution).

The position requires a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy, board certification by a member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, current DEA license and current Texas DPS license, a background in Aerospace Medicine or similar and a permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States. Selectee will be required to obtain a Texas license to practice medicine within 12 months of entering on duty.

Degrees from foreign universities require permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Currency is required in Basic Life Support/Automated External Defibrillator (BLS/AED), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)/Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS).

U.S. citizenship is required.


Resumes will be evaluated by an automated system (Resumix) that will identify candidates meeting basic qualifications. Candidates who are verified as meeting basic qualifications and eligibility criteria will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.


Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

U.S. citizenship is required.

This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Selectee must pass a pre-employment physical examination.

Allowable relocation expenses will be made to any applicant selected from outside the commuting area.

Any individual selected for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Frequent travel may be required.

This is a drug-testing designated position.

As identical vacancies are identified additional selections may be made.


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This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link.

In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.

All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide.

Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.


Silvia Molano
Phone: 281 483-3082 or
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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