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Have you (almost) completed your degree studies? Are you inspired by space exploration and keen to pursue a career in this exciting field? If so, perhaps you should take a closer look at the German Trainee Programme. Organised by DLR, it offers you the chance to work shoulder to shoulder with experts from the 22 member states of ESA – keeping your finger on the pulse of Europe‘s space programmes. Over a period up to 24 months, you will actively contribute to the latest research and/or technology projects. This is complemented by a generous scholarship. What better way to launch your career in international space business? The next GTP commences on 1st February 2020.
This is your opportunity to join the team at European Astronaut Centre – Cologne, Germany
Space Medicine Education (GTP-2020-HRE-OM)
Within the Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration, the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) at Cologne, Germany, hosts the European astronaut corps and is responsible for astronaut training and medical operations.
The Space Medicine Team (SMT) at the EAC have consistently provided high class medical support to ESA astronauts on their missions to the International Space Station (ISS). The SMT achieves this through the work of a range of professionals with expertise in various domains (some of whom work for National Agencies such as DLR) in collaboration with International Partners (e.g. NASA, Roscosmos).
Recently, in order to inspire, inform and integrate talented young people into meeting the challenges of human spaceflight, the SMT has developed a range of educational programmes in partnership with academia.
A key aspect of the SMT’s educational initiatives is the training and ultimately the certification of Space Physicians (Flight Surgeons). Currently Flight Surgeons are trained and certified through agreements between the ISS International Partners. However, these agreements do not extend beyond the ISS and thus in order to support ESA’s own training needs, but also those of new entrants such as European- based commercial spaceflight operators, an internationally recognised training path for Flight Surgeons is required.
The EAC SMT is seeking to address this gap by building upon its expertise to define and support the generation of an internationally recognised training path for Flight Surgeons. The first stage of this plan is the re-definition of the SMT’s in-house Flight Surgeon training requirements. This process will be used to facilitate generation an international training pathway where specific practical aspects provided at the EAC will be complimented by elements provided by an integrated network of academia and other organisations, including DLR.
Thus, in order to support and develop this initiative and the broader delivery of the SMT educational portfolio at the EAC you will be asked to:
identify future Flight Surgeon training requirements and resources support the development of a strategy to meet Flight Surgeon training requirements through EAC- based provision as part of international collaboration and co-ordination support the generation of an internationally recognized Flight Surgeon training accreditation process support delivery of both the EAC-based and external Flight Surgeon training programme support delivery of a range of other EAC-based training and educational programmes
You will perform these tasks in partnership with the SMT team within a highly multidisciplinary and stimulating environment. As part of this team, you will be exposed first hand to the reality of human spaceflight operations and training in addition to medical and crew support.