Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton (NAMRU-D) Research Participation Program

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Description:   The mission of the Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton (NAMRU-D) is to maximize warfighter performance and survivability through world-class aeromedical and environmental health research by delivering solutions to the field, the Fleet and for the future. There are two major directorates at NAMRU-D. The Environmental Health Effects Research Directorate assesses the environmental and occupational health risks to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines with unique and state-of-the-art technologies. The inhalation systems are equipped with a diverse suite of analytical instrumentation capable of monitoring precise exposures to gases, vapors, aerosols, and particulates, including nanoparticles, as well as environmental conditions such as humidity, pressure, and temperature that may effect a response. Whole-body inhalation chambers and nose-only inhalation systems are fully automated to minimize manpower requirements for regulating test atmospheres and ensuring accurate data collection. Leach-style chambers are used for vapor uptake studies in rodents to provide data for physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models. Research in neurobehavioral/cognitive sciences are supported by a proprietary neurobehavioral test battery, which assess exposure-induced changes in animals for motor coordination, locomotor function, emotionality, as well as learning and memory. Our facility also houses six primary labs dedicated to advanced bioinformatics, including genomics, transcriptomics, molecular biology, biochemical and analytical chemistry, with a tissue culture facility and state-of-the-art equipment in flow-cytometry and RT-PCR to identify mechanisms of toxic action and identify biomarkers of environmental toxicants that may affect the warfighter’s health. These capabilities have increased Tri-Service collaboration and enhanced the research activities associated with force health protection. NAMRU-D inhalation scientists are currently collaborating with Air Force Toxicologists in several research areas, including jet fuel toxicity and jet fuel plus noise co-exposures studies. The Aeromedical Directorate conducts aerospace-relevant basic and applied research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Key areas of investigation include: spatial disorientation (SD), situational awareness, motion sickness, unusual acceleration environments, effects of altitude, sustained operations and fatigue, personnel selection, and visual and auditory sciences. Research efforts focus on the transition of products from our basic and applied research base to Navy Medicine, Naval Aviation, and other governmental and civilian customers. Recent and anticipated transitions include: validated aviation selection tests, novel training media to reduce SD mishaps, and new medications for motion sickness. Their lab boasts a unique set of man-rated acceleration devices used by NAMRU-D researchers and international visiting scientists to maintain a technology base critical to Naval Aviation and other federal and non-federal aerospace customers.

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; engineering

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

Location(s):   NAMRU (Dayton, OH)

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

Contact(s):
Recruiter Project Manager
Carl Rodgers Brianna Znamirowski
Carl.Rodgers@orau.org Brianna.Znamirowski@orau.org

(443) 303-2517

(410) 306-9219

 

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