Frequent contact with the Director, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute & Federal Air Surgeon, determines overall Division goals to be accomplished. Supervises & directs a professional, scientific, technical, and admin staff engaged in a program of multidisciplinary research activities required for solution of current & anticipated aeromedical problems. Keeps current on the latest developments in the field of aerospace medicine and applying them to the research program. Conducts conferences with branch managers & individual scientists to discuss progress of investigations, offering assistance, advice & recommendations for alternate approaches.
Ensures soundness & applicability of research proposed by branch managers by analyzing studies for scientific rigor, methodology, technique, non-duplication of efforts & other factors. This involves other considerations such as feasibility of the studies, interpretation, and evaluation of directives, regulations, and scientific reports to determine technical, scientific & medial trends, anticipated or predicted needs in specialized areas, integration of research task into the overall research program, scientific value of the contributions, and control of the emphasis of investigation by defining areas and establishing, maintaining, or revising the priority of Division research program. Supervise research in the biomedical and human performance aspects of civil aviation designed to contribute to the prevention of aircraft accidents & injuries, and to increase the efficiency of the civil aviation system & the National Airspace Systems. Provides consultation services in the medical & other scientific specialties represented in the laboratories & conducts formal instruction in aerospace medicine.
Responsible to the Director, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, for conceiving, planning, directing, coordinating, evaluating, and reporting on a high priority program of research in the fields of aviation toxicology, physiology, and protection & survival. Total research activity consists of various in-house research projects, each projects consisting of numerous tasks which are coordinated widely with other agency personnel, allied scientists & affiliated institutions. Responsible for the review and/or scientific merit of written & oral presentations by scientific personnel to ensure that information pertinent to their research, such as purpose, methods procedures, techniques employed, analysis of accumulated data, and discussion of the interpretation & significance of the results are valid, correct, and related to aerospace medical missions. Performs as the medical authority for research task formulation and planning.
Works closely with the Director, Deputy Director, Manager & Program Management Staff of the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute on all aspects of immediate and long-range budget and financial planning for the Institutes's research program, and preparation of written justifications for personnel, equipment, and other requirements in light of the type & nature of research tasks contemplated.
Advises on special research task or portions of studies involving the use of human subjects. Participates in experiments as a medical observer to ensure that medical treatment is available & appropriate for human subjects undergoing experiments such as in survival equipment evaluation, emergency aircraft evacuation, altitude & hyperbaric chamber exposures (including training flights), drug & alcohol effects, human tolerances, stress, and other medical aspects of research tasks. Advises & recommends special research projects or portions of studies that could be accomplished by contractual research. Analyzes & reviews research proposal submitted, and makes recommendations insofar as scientific and technical aspects are concerned. Acts as consultant to monitor contractual research in progress through periodic review of progress reports.