The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) located at Fort Rucker, Alabama, is a nationally recognized laboratory for research into safety, survival, impact tolerance, sustainability and performance effectiveness of aviators and Soldiers. The USAARL’s research merges the sciences of aviation and medicine to optimize human protection and performance. USAARL’s work for the Army’s modernization priorities includes research in the areas of future vertical lift, the next generation combat vehicle and directed-energy weapons. The Laboratory’s highly skilled workforce consists of rated aviators, medical professionals, doctoral- and masters-level researchers, and research technicians. Visit https://www.usaarl.army.mil/ to learn more about USAARL.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will gain experience in how to plan and conduct Army performance research with an emphasis on aviation. The participant will learn how research gaps are identified through review of literature review and Army stakeholder/SME priorities and how to plan and execute studies that measure performance under a variety of conditions including environmental stressors and fatigue. Furthermore, the participant will observe and interact with researchers in a variety of formats including one-on-one hands-on experience, expert panels, lectures and presentations, and round table discussions as well as gain understanding in how science is translated to the operational world and how to communicate technical information to a lay audience.
The selected candidate will undergo a background investigation and must obtain a favorable clearance in order to participate. An interim clearance is required prior to the candidate starting his/her appointment.
This appointment is a 12-month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USAARL. 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
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with DOD or any other agency, this opportunity will require a suitability investigation/background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative pending favorable outcome of the investigation.
The candidate shall be pursuing an Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Science in the field of psychology, human factors, kinesiology, human physiology, biomedical sciences/engineering, medicine, technology, education, or other related field.
The candidate shall have human subjects research experience. The candidate shall have demonstrated his/her subject matter expertise in his/her field of study. The candidate shall have experience in the conduct of research studies including executing data collection and familiarity with recording instruments and physiological measurements. The candidate shall have strong written and oral communication skills.
Skills and/or experience utilizing Microsoft Suite, Adobe, survey tools, computer programming software; and conducting basic research tasks.
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree.
- Overall GPA: 3.00