Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH): Senior Scientist

BCM Title: Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track) (BCM Job Code: 122240)
Reports to: Center for Space Medicine (CSM) Director & Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) Director
Compensation: Competitive Salary and Benefit Package
Location: Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX

The mission of the Senior Scientist of TRISH (“Institute”) is to identify non-traditional, cutting-edge early or very late stage biomedical research innovations that can help mitigate risks to astronaut health and performance during deep space exploration. This individual will lead, manage and execute the Institute’s Translational Research Program which consists of a portfolio of high-risk, high reward research and development projects.

The individual hired as the Senior Scientist will also be eligible to be hold a full-time faculty position as an Assistant Professor in a relevant academic department and in CSM.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Creatively source scientific innovations and disruptive approaches and bring forth opportunities for new research directions.
  • Interface with scientists, clinicians, engineers, and other subject matter experts to help them “connect the dots” and apply ideas from diverse disciplines to solve the challenges of human spaceflight.
  • Educate external scientists on the challenges of human spaceflight and the opportunities for research and development and funding by TRISH.
  • Attend scientific conferences and represent the institute.
  • Plan, draft, and execute research solicitations including recruitment of external subject matter experts, overseeing merit review process and programmatic relevance scoring.
  • Review science proposals and make strategic funding recommendations to the Director
  • Triage unsolicited proposals and discuss funding opportunities and decisions with researchers.
  • Oversee the science and postdoctoral projects portfolios.
  • Oversee the activities of the TRISH Senior Research Portfolio Manager.
  • Organize and preside over all scientific evaluations of funded project process including project kickoffs, mid-year reviews, annual reports, and final presentations.
  • Ensure that all documentation related to projects is organized and tracked.
  • Ensure that all funded investigators fulfill their requirements
  • Oversee the activities of the institute’s portfolio manager
  • Interface with NASA Human Research Program (HRP) element scientists, managers, and discipline leads.
  • Attend (either in person or preferably virtually) NASA HRP meetings and report back on relevant topics.
  • Act as a facilitator for investigators with NASA with regards to flight or analog studies, or the use of NASA databases, depositories, and facilities.
  • Develop scientific content for presentations and online digital channels, including website and social media.
  • As a faculty member contribute to the Center through engagement with students and colleagues.

The Organizations

The BCM Center for Space Medicine is the first academic entity of its kind in the world and brings together faculty, residents, students and staff from multiple departments to contribute cutting-edge advances to science, technology, medicine and education critical to human space exploration. The Center’s mission is to be a world academic leader in space biomedical research, education and aerospace medicine with a focus on translating space advances to benefit health on Earth. Further information is available at

TRISH, led by BCM CSM, is a virtual institute awarded through a NASA cooperative agreement and is a consortium with the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Together the consortium engages a wide network of academic institutions, companies, government labs and others to lead a national effort in translating cutting edge emerging terrestrial research into applied space flight human risk mitigation strategies for exploration missions. Further information is available at

The Person

Education Requirements:

  • Doctorate-level degree in the sciences
  • Postdoctoral training completed

Desired Experience:

  • Five or more years (above and beyond the postdoctoral training) experience in a management position sourcing scientific innovations.
  • Experience with scientific peer review processes and federal funding.
  • Demonstrated creativity in science through existing written content, presentations or interviews given, or the nature of previous experiences or deliverables.


  • Effective science leader, superior in intellect and interpersonal skills
  • Driven individual who exhibits an energy level that can sustain periods of intense work
  • Uncompromising integrity and credibility, personally and professionally
  • Creative and possessing a high threshold for risk-taking
  • Articulate communicator who clearly and accurately presents technical information
  • Exquisite scientific writer
  • Excellent attention to detail, particularly in composing written materials
  • Affable team member
  • Adaptable and nimble

Additional Information:

Travel to NASA Johnson Space Center on a weekly basis will be required.
Periodic domestic travel out of state is required (approximately 10-15% of time).

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