Medical Education Co-Ordinator - Job Opportunity with Wyle GmbH at European Astronaut Centre

Wyle Laboratories GmbH (Wyle GmbH) was established in October 2000 to provide requested human spaceflight medical support services to the ESA Space Medicine Office (SMO) at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany. Wyle GmbH specializes in biomedical engineering, space medicine, flight nurse, psychology, nutrition, radiation, medical informatics and technology, fitness and rehabilitation, physiotherapy, medical education maintenance, project/strategy/risk management, medical projects, and consulting support services to aerospace, government and medical research customers. Wyle GmbH’s employees contribute to a wide range of important projects including astronaut medical operations for the International Space Station, supporting the SMO of the ESA/EAC.


Position: Medical Education Coordinator


Purpose of the Job

The job of the Medical Education Coordinator (MECO) is based at the Space Medicine Office (SMO) at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) located in Cologne, Germany. It involves the management of the SMO’s contribution to the curriculum of the Space Physiology and Health MSc course run at King’s College London, the management of the office’s student internship programs and the support of education requirements for personnel. This position reports to the Medical Projects and Technology Team Lead and the Managing Director of Wyle Laboratories GmbH.

Aspects of the work involve a degree of computer literacy appropriate for the development and maintenance of education records and schedules, and the production of documentation by means of Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet based platforms (MS SharePoint, Google Calendar). This position requires fluency in written and oral English communication. Some minimal travel with in Europe may be required. Experience in the domain of aerospace medicine and/or life sciences research, the tertiary education sector, outreach and experience in healthcare and managing private medical data are all positive additions. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, work well in an international team environment, and able to effectively work autonomously.

Qualifications and experience

The Medical Education Coordinator (MECO) position requires the appropriate background in organizing, developing and implementing effective educational and employee programs (e.g. have experience in the tertiary education sector, outreach, healthcare, continuing education, human resources or other related fields). The candidate should be a citizen of a European country supporting the European Space Agency, or Canada (an ESA associate member). A strong emphasis is placed upon excellent organisational and project management skills and the ability to communicate effectively in English (the primary working language of ESA). Fluency in a second language of a European country and/or Russian is considered a valuable asset. The candidate should be able to efficiently and effectively work in both an autonomous and team role. A good understanding of healthcare, especially aerospace medicine, space medicine operations, space and life science experiments and ESA's organization are all considered positive assets. The expected workload is a full-time equivalent (e.g. 40 hours per week) from approximately 09:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.

This is a temporary/maternity replacement position. The employment contract is for the duration: 01 Sep 2014 - 31 Dec 2015.

Interested candidates should contact Ms Sani Sanatnama ( at Wyle for a complete job description and information on how to apply.

Wyle GmbH , 4 Albin-Köbis Strasse,
51147, Köln

+49 2203 368 7662


Post-Doctoral Research Associate opportunity

Post-Doctoral Research Associate 
Icy Grain Aggregation: Building Comets and Asteroids as a Harbour for Pre-Biotic Chemistry
Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Science
£30,728 - £36,661 p.a.
Temporary contract for 36 months
Based in Milton Keynes
Ref 10252
You will study the aggregation processes that lead from proto-planetary conditions to the formation of small solar system bodies, such as comets and asteroids. You will be required to further develop and exploit a dedicated experimental apparatus designed for both laboratory (1g) and microgravity (~ 0g) conditions, to elucidate mechanisms and outcomes of collisions between icy grains, as a function of ice-phase, grain size and ice ‘porosity’.
The project is supported by STFC, awarded through the Aurora Programme of the UK Space Agency, and will exploit UK participation in ELIPS and ISS programmes. The scientific aim is to understand the role of hypo-velocity impacts of amorphous icy grains, which then ‘grow’ to form large solar system bodies. In the longer term, the same experiments will be used to establish the links between interstellar and pre-biotic chemical evolution.
You will have a PhD in physics, engineering or a related subject plus a strong background in independent research with a good publication record or established industrial background.
You will be experienced in design, development and exploitation of scientific experiments, coupled with strong analytic and programming skills, particularly with high quality video analysis and lab-view programming.
You will have good oral and written communication skills with a demonstrable understanding of the relevant research literature. You will be able to work harmoniously in an international team and be willing to collaborate with others in the department. Research experience in condensed matter ice physics and/or microgravity experiment environments is highly preferable.
The successful candidate must be able to take up the appointment by 1 October 2014 and you will be required to pass a Class II Pilot’s medical assessment in order to operate the experiment in parabolic flight.
For detailed information and how to apply go to, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0)1908 659 108 or email quoting the reference number. 
Closing Date: 17 July 2014
Interviews will be held on 28 & 29 July 2014.
We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Research Assistant job opportunity at the Centre for Space Medicine @ UCL


AnyBody Modelling Course

Modelling the human body using computer based software can be a really useful way of testing equipment in different environments (inlcuding mivrogravity) without the need to build and take a physical model into them. 

The AnyBody Research Group at Aalborg University
offers a new Ph.D. course from May 5 through May 9
The course takes a bottom-up approach beginning with kinematics of open and closed chains and ending with analysis of complex and anatomically realistic models.  The course uses the AnyBody Modeling System throughout and also contains an introduction to this system.
The price is DKK 500 (approx. EUR 70) for non-Aalborg University participants to cover refreshments. For industrial and non-university participants, the price is DKK 4000 (approx. EUR 540).
Information and sign up:

Signup and course administration works through the Moodle system. Please go to the course list and follow these steps:

  2. Click the heading.
  3. Follow the instructions to sign up for the course.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in Aalborg





The European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency are pleased to announce an open meeting to provide information and advice about the forthcoming International Life Sciences Research Announcement (ILSRA). 

The ILSRA solicits research proposals for life sciences research undertaken on the International Space Station (ISS) and is jointly coordinated by the CSA, ESA, JAXA, NASA.  The call is open to scientists based in any country participating in the ISS programme – including, since 2013, the UK. 

ESA coordinates the European element of this scheme as part of its European Life and Physical Sciences (ELIPS) programme, and ESA staff will be present to explain the application, review and selection processes.  Experiments on the ISS are subject to particular programmatic, technical and safety considerations, so it is recommended that any researchers considering applying to the ILSRA attend for an overview of the requirements.

Representatives of national Research Councils and the UK Space Agency will also be present to explain their respective remits and how applications will be handled at the national level.

This is the first time UK-based scientists have been able to lead experiments on board this unique orbital laboratory and we anticipate a good level of interest.  If you wish to attend the meeting, please register in advance by email, as space will be limited: email .

If you have colleagues who may be interested, please do forward this message on.