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Flight Surgeon

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2023

OVERVIEW: Hercules Medical Group provides the medical support to Axiom Space, the commercial leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services, steered by a team of experts and guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. Axiom provides unprecedented access to the International Space Station today while building and operating its successor – the world’s first international commercial space station – to improve life on Earth and foster possibilities beyond it. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Flight Surgeon.

SUMMARY: Our team is looking for an energetic and dynamic Flight Surgeon who will primarily be responsible for medical support and direct care of assigned Axiom Space astronauts throughout all phases of a mission to ensure their health and safety. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about customer service and excels at problem solving. The role requires strong organizational, time management, and strong written and oral communication skills.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support preflight phase which includes but is not limited to medical screening, interviews, testing, expert consultations, and aeromedical certification process; support of crew training; planning for the inflight phase; participation in prelaunch planning and readiness reviews; Health Stabilization Program; and launch support with potential contingency operations.
  • Support inflight phase which includes but is not limited to regular private medical conferences with the crew, clinical care by telemedicine as needed, programmatic and mission control support, and medical monitoring for extravehicular activities.
  • Support crew landing and the postflight phase which includes but is not limited to clinical care, crew reconditioning, debriefs, and preparation of a mission summary for each crewmember.
  • Work with diverse teams to design, integrate, and implement a complex medical system.
  • Support research including health data collection before, during, and after human spaceflight missions.
  • Serve as the aerospace medicine technical expert for human spaceflight activities
  • Develop and coordinate space medicine flight operations with technical, operations, and programmatic parties
  • Assist with the planning and execution of pre-launch and inflight disease prevention

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • A degree in medicine (M.D. or D.O.) and completion of an ACGME- or AOA-accredited program of postgraduate specialty training
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Aerospace Medicine and a clinical specialty (e.g., internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine)
  • Complete flight surgeon training through formal pathway if not completed already
  • Texas State and Florida State medical license or ability to obtain within 6 months of being hired
  • Drug Enforcement Agency license
  • Current Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support certification
  • Familiarity with NASA medical operations
  • Current or past ISS Program Multilateral Space Medicine Board Crew Surgeon certification and NASA mission control console certification preferred
  • Knowledge, familiarity, and experience working with Soyuz, SpaceX, and/or Boeing human-rated spacecraft preferred
  • Training or experience in sports medicine, wilderness medicine, polar medicine, telemedicine, dive medicine, aircraft mishap and accident investigation preferred

Essential Functions

  • Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.

Requirements

  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. (5% of the time).

Skills

  • Demonstrates high level of professionalism and respect for confidentiality
  • Demonstrates agility, and willingness to adapt to work requirements in a challenging, fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrates excellent Microsoft office skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Results-oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Hercules Medical Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Hercules Medical Group does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.