Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7197102 (Ref:17893-en_US)

Posted: December 1, 2023

Job Description


The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is a NASA Human Research Program (HRP) funded applied space health research organization that funds disruptive, high-impact scientific studies and technology development in support of astronaut health and performance ( This requires the development and maintenance of a sustainable research and development portfolio that meets the present and future strategic needs of HRP. To ensure that a credible and trained workforce is capable of leading future strategic science planning, TRISH is tasked by HRP to train the next generation.  


Currently, there are few programs that exist to train science strategists. TRISH is establishing an opportunity that provides the practical training necessary to support scientists seeking the challenge of leading a science program. Through interacting with TRISH and HRP leadership Strategy and Management Postdoc applicant will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how to approach strategic scientific planning for projects and programs while interacting with the scientific and engineering community. 
In this position TRISH is looking for a PhD trained scientist that is interested in expanding their capabilities and developing a broader perspective required to lead a diverse program and guide scientific research designed to achieve both short term and long-term objectives. This individual can be at any career level.  The selected associate will work with the TRISH Science Office under the TRISH Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Jennifer Fogarty. TRISH expects this experience to empower the associate to be more prepared to enter the science management workforce to enable innovative future space science research. 


The Science Strategy and Management Postdoc will work with TRISH team members and build collaborative relationships with other professionals in the space field to support and drive research forward that makes life better in space and on the ground. TRISH is housed within the Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Space Medicine (CSM); which will give the Science Strategy and Management Postdoc an opportunity to connect with others in the space medicine field as well as participating in other CSM activities. 


Only US Citizens and green card holders can be hired into this position.
Applicant Instructions: 

As part of your application, please include the following in the submission portal:  
1.    A cover letter addressing relevant information about why you are interested in the science management/strategy career path and your future career goals, interests and aspirations that have led you to apply for this job. (limit 2 pages)
2.    Your CV or Resume 
3.    2-3 references




Job Duties

  • Learns about mission goals, scientific strategy, and research priorities of NASA and TRISH.
  • Understands the TRISH portfolio and how to determine strategic priority. 
  • Learns how to build an evidence-base for risk management, identify solution trade space, communicate with different stakeholders and customers within NASA, and conceptualize the translation of research findings to NASA including the research and operational communities.
  • Takes part in rotation experiences. 
  • Learns about research in commercial spaceflight and how it intersects with NASA’s priorities.
  • The associate is expected to gain science thought leadership experience and an understanding of intrinsic bias and how to combat it. 
  • The associate is expected to work with TRISH on white papers, review articles, and thought leadership to develop programmatic level critical thinking, inter and cross disciplinary synthesis pieces. These products will facilitate evidence evaluation, risk identification, and gap analysis across risks. The associate will be required to submit at least one article addressing a space health relevant topic that they identify as a challenge or opportunity for future spaceflight. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • MD or Ph.D. in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.
  • No experience required.



Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.





Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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Job posting number:#7197102 (Ref:17893-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
United States
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