The mission of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is to help build America’s airpower, by educating military and civilian Airmen to innovatively accomplish the Air Force’s core missions, in support of joint operations, more effectively, efficiently, sustainably, and affordably. We provide unique defense-focused, research-enabled, multi-disciplinary advanced academic education, as well as globally delivering career-long, action-based, functional professional continuing education, over a continuum of learning, on-command and on-demand. Our success is measured by the career-long contributions of our graduates, faculty, and staff.Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will assist with a study aimed to evaluate the fate of biological contaminants present in water and wastewater. This study will evaluate phylogenetic composition, adsorption, bioaerosol formation, and fate in treatment systems. Biocontaminants of interest include spore-forming bacteria and viruses. Specifically, the participant will be expected to:Collect data using modern microbiological techniquesCarry out statistical analysisUse software platformsPrepare illustrations, including figures, and tables, that summarize experimental findingsExplain methodologies and results in oral and written formAppointment LengthThis appointment is a six-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.Participant BenefitsParticipants will receive a stipend to be determined by AFIT. 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 AllowanceTraining and Travel AllowanceNature of AppointmentThe 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.QualificationsThe candidate should be an undergraduate working toward a BS degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Must have course work in organic chemistry, cell culture, molecular biology techniques, and protein purification.