National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)

Research Scholar – Radiobiology and Risk Modeling

National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), United States

Hampton, VA, United States

National Institute of Aerospace

Research Scholar – Radiobiology and Risk Modeling 

National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral Research Scholar to perform radiobiology studies. NASA models the risk of space radiation-induced health decrements including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and central nervous system damage to inform human exploration missions that includes International Space Station missions, future lunar missions (Artemis), and future missions to Mars. An accurate understanding of the health risks associated with space radiation exposure are required to inform mission planning and post-mission health care. Risk models rely on understanding radiation-induced disease through epidemiological studies that quantify the risk in human cohorts. The epidemiological evidence is supplemented with knowledge gained through ground-based radiobiology experiments and limited spaceflight experiments. The focus of this work is the development of models along with the associated computational framework used to determine the risk and associated uncertainties from exposure to space radiation. 

The selected candidate will develop models to scale radiation damage from terrestrial radiation exposures. This may include development of novel models and updates to existing models. The research will also include in the model development uncertainties associated with the model for use in probabilistic risk assessment. The endpoints of interest for these models may be any of the following: cancer, cardiovascular disease, or central nervous system damage. The successful candidate will work as part of a collaborative team on site at NASA Langley Research Center and will be expected to publish results of the work both thru internal technical publications and in professional conferences and journals.


  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant field of science or engineering.
  • Previous experience with radiation models or models of cancer, cardiovascular or central nervous system diseases.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong computational modeling skills along with one or more of the following:
  • Experience modeling cancer, cardiovascular or central nervous system diseases
  • Experience in radiation epidemiology or radiobiology data analysis
  • Experience using space radiation analysis codes.

Interested candidates should apply via NIA’s career opportunities site located at under the About NIA tab. Please include a letter of introduction, resume, and the names and contact information of three current references.

NIA, located near NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, is a non-profit research and graduate education institute created to perform aerospace and atmospheric research, develop new technologies for the nation, and help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 

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