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Title:Operational Psychologist (Supporting NASA at Johnson Space Center)The purpose of this position is to provide a wide range of psychological services for NASA JSC's Space Medicine Operations Division. Services are provided to astronauts (including former astronauts), astronaut candidates, their families and to key mission personnel. The incumbent will perform job responsibilities in coordination with NASA's Operational Psychologists. Key responsibilities include providing a full range of International Space Station mission support, including pre-flight evaluation, training and preparation, in-flight monitoring and support and post-flight reintegration for ISS astronauts and their family members, and screening and support for spaceflight analog participants. This position also will provide services to key mission personnel and other ground-based personnel, such as Flight Surgeons and managers, and facilitate collaborations with internal, external and international partner operations and research personnel. The incumbent will support developing operational concepts for optimizing behavioral health & performance of astronauts for NASA's exploration mission planning,Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Implement behavioral health and performance countermeasures (e.g., selection, training, support) to psychological and environmental factors which challenge the attainment of health, performance, or mission goals in both spaceflight and spaceflight analog environments. Provide cognitive assessment of astronauts including administering and interpreting cognitive assessments of astronauts during long-duration ISS missions and assist in the development of future cognitive assessment requirements for astronauts. Provide pre-flight psychological training and preparation of crewmembers and families; in-flight monitoring and support of crewmembers' behavioral health, well-being and performance; implementation of in-flight monitoring and countermeasures and post-flight repatriation and reintegration. Provide behavioral health consultations to flight surgeons, managers and key mission and analogue personnel. Provide training to astronauts and ground personnel in the psychological aspects of long-duration spaceflight. Support development and implementation of the psychological screening tools and activities for astronaut applicants, and on an ongoing basis, assess best practices for improving screening and selection methods. Contribute to developing operational concepts for NASA's future spaceflight exploration missions. Provide psychological assessment services to include cognitive and psychological testing, and diagnostic interviews with former astronauts to track the long-term cognitive and behavioral health impacts associated with the astronaut occupation. . Document findings in coordination with Space Medicine Epidemiologists. Maintain a learning liaison with other operational psychologists within government and private sectors that support mission analogues to spaceflight. Collaborate with and advise internal NASA and external (including ISS international partners) research and operations groups and professionalsEDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:REQUIRED: PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA accredited program and completion of an APA accredited internship. Other areas of Applied Psychology may be considered depending upon qualifications. 3-5 years of post-degree/post-training job experience. Licensed, or license eligible, in psychology in Texas Experience in identifying, addressing and intervening in personal, family, environmental, and organizational issues that may detract from mission success. Experience in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of cognitive assessment measures and/or neuropsychological tests in clinical or operational settings.Experience in he selection, training, and operational support of high-performing personnelDESIRED: Prior experience in high tempo, high risk operational environments (e.g. military, aviation, spaceflight or other mission-critical organizations or settings). Possess a broad understanding of behavioral health and performance countermeasures and outcomes for individuals and teams required to function effectively in an isolated, confined environment. Experience in evaluating and supporting high-performing individuals in high-risk jobs, as well as assessing applicants for such positions through tests, interviews and behavioral scenarios. Experience in analyzing and interpreting data (both qualitative & quantitative) and the use of statistical methods for the development of data-driven solutions to operational problems.SKILLS/TRAININGREQUIRED: Formal training and advanced clinical competencies in automated cognitive assessment and/or clinical neuropsychology (e.g., Neuropsychology Post-doctoral fellowship) Possess a broad understanding of behavioral health and performance outcomes for individuals to function effectively in extreme or dynamic operational environments. Proficiency with software tools including MS Office, SPSS or R. Demonstrated ability to integrate/coordinate across multiple scientific or operational disciplines. Proven ability to communicate effectively with varied audiences, including various levels of management, internationals, scientists, medical professionals and engineers. Skilled at diplomacy/relationship building. Demonstrated interpersonal effectiveness and professionalism in working with others in a collaborative, multidisciplinary, team-oriented environment. Ability to be flexible and adapt quickly to changing requirements. Ability to complete tasks independently or as part of a team to the meet the NASA customer's standards with minimal directionIn 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.
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  • Job ID: ba5122c0-23496619207
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas, United States
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