OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is an emerging leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services. Guided by the fundamental conviction that human spaceflight answers a timeless calling to explore, innovate, cooperate, and progress, Axiom strives to make living and working in space commonplace by providing unprecedented access today to the International Space Station while building its successor: the world’s first international commercial space station.

 

SUMMARY: The Mission Flight Surgeon will be responsible for the medical support of assigned Axiom astronauts throughout the preflight, inflight, and postflight process.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

·       The preflight phase includes 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 and potential contingency operations.

·       The inflight phase includes regular private medical conferences with the crew, clinical care by telemedicine as needed, programmatic and mission control support, and medical monitoring for extravehicular activities.

·       The flight surgeon will support crew landing and the crew to Houston, where the postflight phase will include clinical care, crew reconditioning, debriefs, and preparation of a mission summary for each crewmember.


This is a contract position with the potential to convert to full-time employment.


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

·         At least one current American Board of Medical Specialty certification, preferably in aerospace medicine and a clinical specialty (e.g., internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine)

·         Texas state medical license or ability to obtain one by Spring 2021

·         U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license

·         Current Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support certification 

·         NASA medical operations experience with at least 5 years of International Space Station (ISS) expedition mission experience

·         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

 

Skills

·         Exceptional leadership, communication, and writing skills

·         Extraordinarily organized, able to prioritize and follow through on all work

·         Excellent communicator who is flexible and accessible

·         Ability to handle multiple assignments and working in a dynamic environment

·         Passionate about creating an inclusive workplace where people from different backgrounds can succeed

 

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and presentations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

 

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

 

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

·       Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values

·       Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics

·       Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity

·       Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods

·       Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources

·       Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment