Analog Astronaut

Austrian Space Forum (OeWF)

Direct Entry Job 1 year Berlin, Germany

Uploaded 10 Sep 2018

Job Description

The Austrian Space Forum is soliciting applications for the next class of Analog Astronauts (class of 2019). After a competitive selection process between September-December 2018, the analog astronauts will report for an approximately five-month basic training in April 2019, leading to potential mission assignments as early as end of 2019.

The selection process

Men and women between the age of 25-45 are invited to submit their application. The process will include a detailed medical and psychological assessment. The successful candidates will undergo a compact and intense training comprised of lectures, hands-on spacesuit and field training, and they will receive coaching for strengthening their physical and mental fitness.

All applications will be screened and ranked (“A-Selection”), leading to a number of 30 candidates, which will be assessed by a selection team of the Austrian Space Forum (“B-Selection”). 15 successful finalists will be invited than to the final round (“C-Selection”), from which 6-8 candidates will be chosen as Analog Astronauts in-training. We strongly encourage female applicants for a gender balanced analog astronaut group. The Austrian Space Forum will announce the successful candidates before the end of 2018.

Responsibilities of Analog Astronauts

Analog Astronauts are trained to conduct spaceflight-simulations in Mars/Moon-like regions on Earth, testing and evaluating equipment procedures, human factors and workflows relevant to future human-robotic space exploration missions. They conduct experiments in field campaigns in an international and interdisciplinary environment, typically lasting a few days up to one month. Analog astronauts contribute to the development of spacesuit simulators and other relevant instrumentation. They also interact with the public, including education and media outreach activitie

Person Specification

The selection tests will include

  • medical tests performed by healthcare professionals, ranging from anthropometric measurements, health status assessments, fitness level, lifestyle and nutrition evaluation
  • psychological tests evaluating desirable character traits, cognitive capabilities, the ability to perform under stress and mission-relevant settings and social competences
  • technical and scientific assessments, like basic understanding of spaceflight and space exploration topics, basic engineering and scientific knowledge
  • management assessment (“job-interview”-style), including the ability to articulate oneself, and being a role-model for space exploration

For comparison, for the Analog Astronaut class of 2015, every successful analog astronaut was assessed for up to 637 individual parameters.

Minimum selection criteria

  • European Union or Swiss or Liechtenstein citizen, aged between 25-45 years (on 15Apr2019).
  • Body height between 165-190 cm, minimum body weight: 55 kg
  • Excellent mental and physical health condition
  • Fluency in English (preferably with at least a second European language)
  • Experience in a technological, engineering or scientific field (such as aerospace/mechanical/electrical engineering, computer science, life sciences, geosciences), AND/OR commercial or military pilot training.
  • Full availability for the basic training(approximately five weekends between April-September 2019, plus distance learning and the ability to follow a strict physical and nutritional training regime) both during the basic training and in preparation for missions.
  • Availability for mission preparation or recertification (typically 2 weekends per year) and missions (2-4 weeks of field operations every 2-3 years on average), as well as for media and education/outreach activities on an irregular bases.

Selection and Training timeline

  • Deadline for applications: 10Oct2018, 23:59 CEST. All eligible application will undergo the A-selection round. Successful candidates will be notifed no later than 25Oct2018.
  • B-Selection / 30Nov-02Dec2018: 1st medical & psychological assessment. Successful candidates will be notified no later than 05Dec2018
  • C-Selection / 16-18Dez2018: 2nd round medical & psychological evaluation, selection interviews
  • Before end of 2018: Announcement of Analog Astronaut class of 2019
  • Apr-Sep2019: 5 training blocks (typically 3-day blocks in Austria), distance learning & physical training in between the training blocks, final exams.

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