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Flight Surgeon



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2023

Vast was founded to expand humanity's frontier into the solar system and beyond. We believe that the next step on that journey is enabling manufacturing and habitation in LEO. We are building artificial gravity space stations to make this a reality. If you want to join a team that builds amazing things with the most talented people on Earth, please reach out.

Vast Space is expanding the reach of humanity in space by pushing the boundaries of human spaceflight capabilities. We are seeking a skilled Flight Surgeon to play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our crewmembers during missions, including artificial gravity station-spinning operations. You will collaborate with our interdisciplinary team, interface with internal and external partners and customers, and contribute to the development of critical medical operations and protocols for our space station operations.


  • Assist internal engineering and technical teams in medical equipment selection and development of space station design and features
  • Act as the primary contact for Vastronaut medical concerns, establishing a strong partnership with internal and external stakeholders
  • Support all crew medical operations, including screening, training, and mission procedures
  • Develop and maintain an ongoing aerospace medicine educational program for relevant internal teams
  • Coordinate aerospace medicine flight operations with internal and external technical, operational, and programmatic teams
  • Assist in planning and executing the crew health stabilization plan prior to and post mission
  • Contribute to the research and development of future long-duration spaceflight missions, with a focus on artificial gravity

Basic Qualifications:

  • Medical degree such as MD or DO
  • Previous academic or professional experience in aerospace medicine, including knowledge of life support systems and hyperbaric/hypobaric operations
  • 2+ years of experience with NASA, ISS, or military operations
  • Completion of Aerospace Medicine residency training from a United States accredited program
  • Current Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support certification

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Active practice in a clinical environment
  • Experience practicing medicine in an austere environment
  • Experience with Earth-based artificial gravity human experimentation and/or in-space vertebrate centrifugation
  • Unrestricted medical license in your state of residence, with a good standing
  • Familiarity with spacecraft systems and operations, such as orbital mechanics, avionics, propulsion, thermal control, and life support systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams to solve complex problems
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and technical writing skills
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.