The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research is offering an undergraduate/postgraduate internship at Joint Base San Antonio.
What will I be doing?
As an ORISE participant, you will join a community of scientists and researchers in an effort to organize experimental data into a user-friendly registry based in Microsoft Excel for use in determining the relationship between systemic delivery of oxygen (DO2) and the physiology and pathophysiology of blood loss and low blood flow states without having to repeat experimentation.
The project is in the area of the physiology of human hemorrhage and compensation. Hemorrhagic shock is the leading cause of death on the battlefield. The Battlefield Health & Trauma (BHT) Center for Human Integrated Physiology (CHIP) has the only experimental model for the study of human hemorrhage in the Department of Defense (DoD). The Tri-Service Research Laboratory (TSRL) has the only DoD experimental model of poly-trauma in the genetically-closest surrogate to humans using non-human primates (NHP) that combines hemorrhage and tissue trauma similar to that experienced by our injured warfighters on the battlefield. As a result of the extensive databases generated from the collaborative efforts of these laboratories that employ both human and NHP experiments, there exists a requirement to assign an individual to provide support to data archiving and analysis.
Why should I apply?
Under the guidance of a mentor, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your education and support your academic and professional goals. Along the way, you will engage in activities and research in several areas. These include, but are not limited to:
- collaboration with and instruction from leading scientists, engineers, and data managers actively conducting combat casualty care research
- execution of high-level science (i.e., how to approach the performance of rigorous scientific method)
- hands-on experiences of data analysis that can lead to changes in medical care of critically ill or injured patients
- gaining new insights into the common pathways in which Army and Navy biomedical research meet the military medical mission of ‘optimizing combat casualty care’ and advancing civilian medicine
Where will I be located?
San Antonio, Texas
What is the anticipated start date?
Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and internships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.
What is the appointment length?
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.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by USAISR. Stipends are typically based on a participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
- Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE
- Relocation Allowance
- Training and Travel Allowance
The US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Naval Medical Research Unit at San Antonio are recognized internationally as the premier laboratories responsible for supporting combat casualty care research for the Army and Navy respectively. The research activities span the continuum from basic animal research to clinical protocols involving both healthy humans and patients. Areas of research include hemorrhage control, resuscitation, burn, triage, extremity injury, pain, assessment of injury severity, directed energy, and design and testing of new methods, agents, and devices to treat combat-related injuries.
This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DoD. Participants do not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DoD or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. For more information, visit the ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.
The qualified candidate should be an undergraduate or graduate student currently pursuing a baccalaureate or higher degree.
Highly competitive applicants will have education and/or experience in one or more of the following:
- Proficiency with the use of Microsoft programs, particularly Excel, Power Point, and Word.
- Field experience in combat medic training is highly desired
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing