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Aerospace and Operational Physiologist

Overview: Aerospace and Operational Physiologists train aircrews to handle fatigue, stress and other challenges of operating in high gravitation force environments. These specialists also conduct research and studies into the boundaries, limitations and endurance levels of the human body. 

Position: Officer 


Specific Tasks:

  • Instructs aircrew and operational support personnel on physiological and HF challenges inherent to modern military aviation
  • Coordinates special evaluation and diagnostic hypobaric chamber flights and centrifuge runs with appropriate line and medical agencies
  • Performs hazardous duty as inside observer during hypobaric chamber flights to ensure student safety and training effectiveness.
  • Plans, conducts and advises Air Staff and MAJCOM/A3 agencies on physiology training system requirements, policy, utilization, acquisition and sustainment


  • Bachelor’s or Post-Graduate Degree in Physiology, Human Factors or related fields in engineering psychology, biomedical engineering, exercise physiology, kinesiology, human systems integration or HF is mandatory. In addition to a well-established background in physiology or HF, completion of courses in the areas of chemistry, physics, statistics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, comparative anatomy and computer science is highly desirable.
    • Post-graduate degree applicants are preferred; however, exceptionally qualified applicants (e.g. have significant military aviation experience) who have completed a bachelor’s degree in the areas of study listed above will be considered. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Experience as an instructor to teacher is desirable
  • An interview with a designated senior aerospace physiologist is required. Strong personal endorsements in areas of initiative and team-work are highly desirable.
  • Physical qualification IAW AFI 48-123 for Flying Class III requirements is mandatory
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve
  • Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.