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Aerospace Experimental Psychology

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Aerospace Experimental Psychology

Pilots and flight crews deal with extreme physical and psychological circumstances. It’s up to Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologists to develop programs and create training to optimize pilot performance and reduce flight crew error.

Pilots and flight crews deal with extreme physical and psychological circumstances. It’s up to Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologists to develop programs and create training to optimize pilot performance and reduce flight crew error.

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About This Job

Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologists assist in the extensive preparation required to perform in the most extreme conditions. And lessen the impact and emotional effects that come with performing supersonic precision maneuvers in an F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter.

Navy Health Care Specialists, such as Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologists, are at the forefront of pivotal research. Pioneering progress in the field each day. With the benefit of continuous, hands-on training and some of the most advanced technology in the world.

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As a research specialist and Officer in the Medical Service Corps, your research will promote and ensure the safe and effective performance of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in aviation systems. Provide professional and technical guidance to plan and conduct research and development. Test and evaluate the psychological effects of new aviation systems on flight crews.

You may participate in:

  • Human factors engineering
  • Personnel selection and training
  • Operational support and safety
  • Human performance enhancement
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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Aerospace Experimental Psychologists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For Annual Training, Aerospace Experimental Psychologists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.

Aerospace Experimental Psychologists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance  
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay  
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

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To qualify for employment consideration as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States  
  • Ph.D. in psychology* with primary emphasis in industrial, experimental, cognitive, organizational and/or human factors OR a Ph.D. in neuroscience, industrial engineering or an interdisciplinary program emphasizing human factors or behavioral science*
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

*Applicants who have completed a master's degree in one of the above areas and have four years of commissioned service will also be considered.

You may also be expected to meet certain specific requirements:

  • Meet aviation physical standards  
  • Be able to swim and complete prescribed water survival training  
  • Complete Officer Development School at Newport, R.I.
  • Complete a prescribed flight training syllabus  
  • Complete six months of Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist training at the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Fla.
  • Serve a utilization tour on Active Duty as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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