Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) Research Participation Program

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Description:   The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) conducts global search, recovery, and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts in order to support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts. The command is located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii and was activated Oct. 1, 2003. Employing more than 400 joint military and civilian personnel, JPAC continues its search for the more than 83,000 Americans still missing from past conflicts. The laboratory portion of JPAC, referred to as the Central Identification Laboratory, is the largest and most diverse forensic skeletal laboratory in the world. The command maintains four permanent detachments to assist with command and control, logistics and in-country support during investigation and recovery operations. Detachment One is located in Bangkok, Thailand; Detachment Two in Hanoi, Vietnam; Detachment Three in Vientiane, Laos; and Detachment Four in Honolulu, Hawaii. In order to facilitate logistical support to teams, JPAC maintains storage facilities in Hawaii, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Europe and Papua New Guinea. Having these facilities strategically placed around the world minimizes costs and provides quick access to supplies for teams in remote locations. The core of JPAC’s day-to-day operations involves researching case files, investigating leads, excavating sites and identifying Americans who were killed in action, but were never brought home. This process involves close coordination with U.S. agencies involved in the POW/MIA issue, including the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the appropriate Service Casualty Office, U.S. Pacific Command, Department of State, the Joint Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and the U.S. Air Force’s Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory.

Discipline(s):   life, health, and medical sciences; communications and graphic design; mathematics; computer science; physical sciences; earth, environmental, and marine sciences; social and behavioral sciences; anthropology, archeaology, history, military studies, political geography, international studies or related field

Eligibility:  U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents. Undergraduate and Graduate students; Postgraduates who have completed degree within the last five years; Faculty Members; and Retired Scientists.

Location(s):   Various locations across U. S. Locations outside the U.S. JPAC (Hickam Air Force Base, HI)

Duration:   Full-Time & Part-Time appointments are made throughout the year for the duration of up to one year; Postgraduate appointments can be renewed for a total of 4 years at full-time participation; Postdoctoral appointments can be renewed for a total of 5 years at full-time participation

Frequency:  Year-round

Awards made:  Number varies

Deadline(s):  Applications are accepted year-round

Benefits:  Stipend based on research area(s) and academic classification; Faculty appointment stipends based on regular salary

Funding source(s):  Through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy

How to apply:  Complete an application at ORAU Maryland

Recruiter Project Manager
Michael Janney Brianna Znamirowski

(410) 306-9217

(410) 306-9219


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