Job Title Optogenetics Postdoctoral Research
Company Air Force Research Lab- HPW
Company Location WPAFB, OH 45433
Company Country United States
Job Location Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Company Summary All opportunities posted are ongoing.

The Research Participation Program for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (USAFRL) provides opportunities to participate in USAFRL on-going applied research and development projects. USAFRL is the Air Force's only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of war-fighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. It is a full-spectrum laboratory, providing leading-edge war-fighting capabilities responsible for planning and executing the Air Force' science and technology program. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) leads a worldwide government, industry and academia partnership in the discovery, development, and delivery of a wide range of revolutionary technology. Project areas include: war-fighter skill development and training, training simulation, information display and decision support, crew system design technologies, directed energy bio-effects, toxic hazards effects, crew protection, and logistician effectiveness. All Science Engineering and & Technology disciplines are welcomed.


Selected Fellows/Researchers will have the opportunity to perform research on topics of interest to the Air Force Research Lab - Human Performance Wing and to interact with and learn from leading scientists performing research. The extensive partnering relationships with universities and other government agencies will expose participants to a broad research community. Additionally, program participants will have the opportunity to meet government decision-makers and learn directly from them about the role of scientific research in addressing complex, real-world (i.e., operational) needs. Furthermore, fellows have the opportunity to learn how research products transition from the proof-of-concept stage to integrated production systems.

Other provisions may include the following:

• Stipend Payments

• Health Insurance

• Inbound Relocation/Dislocation

• Training & Travel


Applicants should have recently completed a degree within five years of the targeted start date in a STEM related discipline, or will be able to complete of all requirements for the degree within six months of the starting date. ORAU will not discriminate because of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, mental or physical disability, protected veteran’s status, or genetic information.


Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Selections are made as openings occur throughout the year. A complete application includes: profile, two references, and transcripts for all degrees earned and/or currently attending.


The participants will be selected based on academic records, recommendations, research interests and compatibility of background with research programs and projects at the host facility. The initial appointment is typically for one year and may be renewed for up to four additional years based upon recommendation of the host installation and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend which is determined based upon level of education, training, and experience. Inbound travel and moving expenses are reimbursed according to established policies. Travel and other costs will also be reimbursed for training related to the project and approved by ORISE and the host facility. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health plans are available through the ORISE for Postgraduate Internship participants.
Country United States
Position Id AFRL-2038354589
Job Description

The Post-doctoral Fellow will be involved in developing novel alternatives to traditional optogenetics through the design of unique protein constructs that responds to radio frequency (RF), with the ability to trigger biochemical pathways remotely through a reversible “on” and “off” switch. The remote modulation of cellular metabolism offers a powerful means of non-invasively controlling cell function through external stimuli. The candidate will be highly involved on collaborative projects. Specifically, to research RF modulation and pathway analysis by creating a genetically-modified cell model to confirm RF induction of activity and coupling to downstream signaling pathways within a whole cell environment.


Apart from the experimental tasks, the role of the postdoctoral researcher will be: to analyze the data collected; summarize and present his/her findings in internal and reginal meetings; present research at international conferences; and publish in peer reviewed journals. The selected candidate must participate well within a group environment, be motivated to accomplish tasks and research independently, and be receptive to constructive critique.



PhD in one of the following fields:

       Molecular Biology/Signaling/Immunology



       Previous working experience with radiofrequency bio-effects

       Extensive experience in molecular biology, transfection techniques

       Prior Post-doctoral experience

       Protein engineering


 This ORISE opportunity is scheduled to be a twelve month appointment; the renewal or continuation of the research appointment is contingent upon facility approval and upon the continued availability of funds.  Renewals are offered up to one year at a time, for a total of up to five years of research participation.


U.S. Citizenship is required

Number of Openings 1
Degree Specialization Molecular Biology/Signaling/Immunology
Degree Required PhD - Graduate, PhD ABD