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WORKSHOP INVITATION: INTERNATIONAL LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT
10 MARCH 2014, ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, LONDON, 10.30-15.30
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you have colleagues who may be interested, please do forward this message on.
KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. There are a total of just over 14,000 first and second level students and more than 1,700 doctoral students. KTH has almost 4,600 employees.
KTH Technology and Health is located in Haninge, Flemingsberg and Solna. Our programs in Bachelor of Science in Engineering cover subjects, like Computer-, Electrical and Medical Engineering. We are also responsible for a programme in Master of Science in Engineering, Medical Engineering. In addition, we offer Masterprogrammes and Doctoral studies (PhD) in technology and health and Applied Medical Technology. Our research is multidisciplinary and spans the field of technology and medicine, in a broad sense, which includes technical and organizational research. The focus of research is on medical technology, logistics, design and ergonomics that restrict and prevent injury and promote health. KTH Technology and Health has 150 employees and a annual revenue of SEK 155 million per year.
The position will be with the Unit of Environmental Physiology (EP) and with The Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre (SAPC), both at the School of Technology and Health, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. EP and SAPC are located in Solna, close to Stockholm. EP investigates influence of environmental factors, such as acceleration, ambient pressure and temperature on physiological functions in healthy humans. SAPC investigates physiological responses during simulated weightlessness. The present position will concern investigations on physiological responses to several of the aforementioned environmental factors, and in particular to hyperbaric exposures. The job duties will include data collection (experiments in healthy human subjects), data analyses and writing of scientific reports. In addition, a portion of the job will concern scientific support to the European Space Agency, managing human life-science experiments in the International Space Station. The job duties will mainly be conducted at the departments’ laboratories in Stockholm, but to considerable extent experiments will also be conducted abroad and in collaboration with international research groups. In addition, the job will include conducting field experiments.
• Ph.D. degree in human physiology.
• Experience from experiments in humans regarding environmental physiology.
• Ability to independently conduct whole-body physiology experiments in human subjects.
• Ability to independently perform statistical analyses and write scientific reports.
• Ability to work in an international environment.
• Willingness to travel.
• Fluency in written and spoken English.
• Good oral and written communication and presentation skills.
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This New York Times (NYT) article released on Jan 27th synthesises information about the physiological changes that occur in the human body caused by human spaceflight. It covers items such as muscle and bone deconditioning, the current space health topic of fluid shifts linking with raised intra cranial pressure, radiation exposure and a little bit on nutrition and pyschology too! Well worth a read if you are interested in or trying to understand the effects space travel on human physiology!
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