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Job Title Injury Prevention
Company Summary All opportunities posted are ongoing.

The objectives of the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) research programs are to prevent or minimize health hazards in the military operations environment and sustain the aviator’s individual performance. The laboratory conducts research in acoustics, vision, crew workload, stress and fatigue, and life support systems. Current research efforts focus on the health hazards of Army aviation, tactical vehicles, selected weapons systems, and airborne operations.


BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE ORISE PROGRAM

Selected Fellows/Researchers will have the opportunity to perform research on topics of interest to the U.S. Government and to interact with leading scientists performing research and/or advising at the sponsor. The extensive partnering relationships with universities and other government agencies will expose participants to a broad research community. 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 benefits may include the following:
• Stipend Payments

• Health Insurance

• Inbound Relocation/Dislocation

• Training & Travel


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should have recently completed a degree within five years of the desired starting date in or related discipline, or will be able to complete of all requirements for the degree within six months of the starting date. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.


APPLICATION

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.


GENERAL INFORMATION

The participants will be selected based on academic records, recommendations, applied research interests and compatibility of background with applied research programs and projects at the host Installation. 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 ORAU and the host installation. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health plans are available through the ORAU for Postgraduate Internship participants.
Location Fort Rucker, AL
Country United States
Position Id USAARL-2080440706
Job Description

Soldiers continue to experience injuries, while they are mounted and dismounted.  Additional research and data analysis are needed to decrease injury severity and injury occurrence through improved protective equipment, test methodologies, guidelines, and better assessment of injurious exposures.  In addition to effects of trauma, the effects of operational vehicle and equipment exposures on Soldiers frequently remain unknown.  Materiel developers, Soldiers, combat medics, strategists, and commanders have few reliable tools or guidance to evaluate injury potential. Currently, civilian injury biomechanics research forms the basis for much of the available injury criteria and injury assessment tools available to military reseachers.  With OIF and OEF, preventing blast injuries has become of particular interest--whether the injuries result from primary, secondary, or tertiary effects of blast.  For example, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army (VCSA) directed that Soldier combat helmets be fitted with electronic sensor technologies to sense and record helmet response to dynamic events.  The Director of Operational Test & Evaluation wrote an issue paper highlighting the need for improved injury assessment capabilities to improve the occupant protection in military ground combat vehicles.  As a part of these effort and our core injury prevention mission, the Injury Biomechanics Branch (IBB) of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) has ongoing efforts to establish human biofidelity and injury criteria that result from such operational exposures.  This project will include experimentation, exposure and human response data collection, data analysis, and computational modeling. 

 

The USAARL IBB has ongoing efforts to understand human response and exposures, particularly to simulated combat-related exposures to the head, including simulated blast- and ballistics-related exposures to the head.  A Masters-level biomedical engineer is needed to support experienced engineers, scientists, and researchers at USAARL in our mission to better understand volunteer and human surrogate exposures and personnel protective equipment.  The engineer will participate in experimental tests to establish benchmark quality data of time- and space-resolved pressure, force, and moment loads to the human head and helmet. The engineer will be expected to work with anthropomorphic test devices, post-mortem human surrogates, Warfighter protective equipment, injury biomechanics instrumentation, data acquisition systems, test apparatus, surgical tools, and medical imaging modalities; as such, the incumbent must have prior experience with these aspects of injury biomechanics research.  The incumbent will also document work, design/fabricate test apparatus and fixtures, execute test plans and study protocols, collect exposure data, and analyze the data for presentation and publication.  Effort will be required throughout study preparation, execution, and data analysis. Preparation of documentation, publications, and presentations is also expected, and travel is anticipated to support this project.  Training, specific to this project, will be provided; appropriate training to assist with human volunteer and post-mortem humans surrogate studies and data will be required. Participation will include interaction with USAARL staff, IBB engineers and researchers, manufacturers, and IBB research colleagues.

 

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE ORISE PROGRAM

Selected Fellows/Researchers will have the opportunity to perform research on topics of interest to the U.S. Government and to interact with leading scientists performing research and/or advising at the sponsor. The extensive partnering relationships with universities and other government agencies will expose participants to a broad research community. 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 benefits may include the following:

· Stipend Payments

· Health Insurance

· Inbound Relocation/Dislocation

· Training & Travel

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should have recently completed a degree within five years of the desired starting date in or related discipline, or will be able to complete of all requirements for the degree within six months of the starting date. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.

APPLICATION

Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Selections are made as openings occur throughout the year.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The participants will be selected based on academic records, recommendations, applied research interests and compatibility of background with applied research programs and projects at the host Installation. The initial appointment is 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. The stipend rate 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 installation. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health plans are available through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for Postgraduate Internship participants. The appointment is full time at the host installation.

 

 

 

Number of Openings 1
Degree Specialization Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering,
Degree Required Master Degree Graduate

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