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Aeromedical Research Opportunity - Postgraduate

Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton conducts research on environmental health effects and aerospace medicine, addressing health and performance challenges faced by service members in operational military environments.

What will I be doing?

Your research will involve aeromedical projects associated with physiological monitoring device testing and evaluation, cerebral and cognitive effects of varying breathing gas concentrations and dynamics, as well as the development of research devices, human computer interface systems, and questionnaires/cognitive tasks to support multifaceted projects. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will gain significant insight into research lab operations and data collection, applied psychology, engineering, and physiology based tasks for evaluation of warfighter performance, and clinical research applications and system troubleshooting. Additionally, you will experience in collaboration and coordination of multiple research projects, as well as allocation and execution of their associated resources and operations.

You will receive hands-on experience operating state-of-the-art sensors and exposure equipment, as well as supplementary exposure to MRI function, processes, and analysis. Daily tasks will consist of the set-up of equipment, maintenance of participant folders, interaction with research participants, executing data collection, organizing and analyzing data, report development, and other associated literature reviews. Supplementary experience will be associated with protocol, standard operating procedure, and proposal development, as well as interaction with Institutional Review Board requirements and procedures. 

Finally, you will learn about multidisciplinary applied research and gain an understanding of the operational needs of the joint fleet, while supporting research in areas that are practicable and pertinent to the United States Navy. You may also have the opportunity to collaborate with various subject matter experts, attend conferences/scientific meetings, and/or receive training supplemental to your degree program.

Why should I apply?

This internship provides the opportunity to independently utilize your skills and engage with experts in innovative ideas to move the proposed research forward. There are multiple opportunities available to engage in your applied research and evaluation interests.

Where will I be located?

Dayton, Ohio 

What is the anticipated start date?

NAMRU-Dayton is ready to make an appointment immediately. Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. 

What is the appointment length?

This ORISE appointment is for a full-time 12-month period.  Appointment may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

  • You will receive a stipend to be determined by NAMRU-D. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

  • Bachelor's Degree AND four years of applied research support in aeromedical associated field (e.g., engineering, psychology, physiology, mathematics).
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge associated with aviation and aeromedical stressors such as hypoxia, fatigue, gas sensing, cognitive performance, and physiologic monitoring.
  • Experience with Institutional Review Board procedures, greater than minimal risk human subject research, test and evaluation procedures, data analysis, and report/presentation development.
  • Experience operating equipment to support testing procedures such as: hypobaric chamber, physiologic monitoring devices (e.g., pulse oximeter, oxigraf), and i-STAT.
  • Familiarity with aeromedical terminology and life support systems. 
  • Experience with various software programs, such as: MATLAB, LabVIEW, SPSS, and Microsoft Office.

Favorable skills:

  •  Certificate in CITI Training 
  •  Ability to multitask and prioritize operations and responsibilities 
  •  MRI/medical imaging familiarity
  •  Device development and engineering familiarity
  •  Cognitive performance and evaluation familiarity
  •  Ability to research in the laboratory majority of the time, but able to work on-line/independently/remotely as needed during  COVID restriction period.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree received within the last 60 months