Chief Scientific Strategist

Houston, Texas
Competitive Salary
August 24 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type


Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) within the Center for Space Medicine (CSM) at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking an entrepreneurial and strategic thinker to serve as its Chief Science Strategist. The ideal candidate is a health science innovator who can connect the dots across scientific disciplines to guide TRISH's approach to solving NASA's space health challenges in new ways. The CSS must possess agility, flexibility, and risk tolerance to support a team of out-of-the-box thinkers and scientists. The ideal candidate should approach challenges optimistically and possess the drive to overcome barriers.  
The CSS will lead science strategy within an agile and fast-moving organization tasked with delivering health and performance technology and research deliverables to NASA's Human Research Program (HRP). As a leader within the Science Office, this role will oversee and support a team of 4 scientists. 
The CSS must be skilled in communicating effectively with a variety of stakeholders. The role requires ease in relationship building as this individual will liaise with government, academic and industry stakeholders. As a strong and engaging communicator, the CSS will deliver high level presentations in a variety of settings and serve as the science "storyteller" for the institute. The CSS will guide and support scientific researchers and oversee the Institute's cohort of 100+ funded investigators throughout the United States. 
The CSS will be eligible for a faculty position at a rank appropriate with his or her experience within a department that is aligned scientifically. The Candidate will also receive an appointment in the Center for Space Medicine.


Job Duties

  • Help chart and execute on the vision and mission for the Institute's Science Office and execute a research roadmap that advances both early-stage science projects as well as more mature innovations.  
  • Liaise effectively with the Institute's Deputy Director/Chief Innovation Officer and the Chief Medical Officer to strategize and prioritize initiatives across the Institute.
  • Develop a "technology radar" based on NASA's current and future needs to identify and track emerging health technology that can be developed to support NASA's deep space missions.  
  • Lead and project-manage key initiatives; evaluate and secure executive endorsement and financial commitment for technology projects, as needed.
  • Oversee merit reviews of science proposals and make strategic funding recommendations. 
  • Working closely with the TRISH Science Team, plan, draft, and execute research solicitations including recruitment of external subject matter experts, oversee merit review processes and programmatic relevance scoring.
  • Communicate on the deliverables from completed projects to NASA stakeholders and answer technical questions.
  • Oversee the research portfolio to ensure investigators fulfill grant requirements and that all documentation is organized and tracked.
  • Liaise with funded investigators to resolve project issues as needed'

  Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Sc.D.) in any of the biological sciences.


Desired Experience

  • Five or more years of experience in a leadership role sourcing or managing scientific, technology, or medical innovations.
  • Experience in science writing for the lay public with published examples.
  • Prior space biomedical research experience is not required; however, strong candidates will have an ability to function as a generalist in health sciences, supported by their relevant scientific training. 



  • Collaborative with strong people skills
  • Comfortable adapting to rapid shifts in scope and tasks
  • Fast paced and driven individual, able to sustain periods of intense work
  • Possess a wide and robust scientific or health innovation network with at least 500 connections on Linked-In
  • Enjoys and is highly productive working virtually
  • Naturally a curious individual