The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) is offering an internship with the Applied Technology and Genomics Division, a molecular genetics laboratory located at USAFSAM.
What will I be doing?
As an ORISE participant, you will gain experience in a variety of research projects that utilize molecular based techniques to understand the public health impact of infectious diseases on military populations. These molecular techniques can range from simple PCR amplifications to genomic sequencing approaches.
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:
- Gaining experience in any facet of the generation, collection, analysis, and interpretation of research data.
- Learning to troubleshoot and aid in experimental design.
- Participating in weekly team/mentor meetings and presenting data to various team members with an emphasis on understanding and conveying complex techniques and/or interpretations in a clear and concise manner.
- Performing scientific literature searches, identification, and retrieval and to synthesize their findings into meaningful conclusions.
- Potential to participate in the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and presentations including editing and formatting documents that originate from the projects.
Where will I be located?
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 USAFSAM. Stipends are typically based on a 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
The 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW) is a unique combination of two units: the Airman Systems Directorate (RH) and the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM). USAFSAM is the premier institute for research, education, and worldwide operational consultation in Aerospace Medicine. USAFSAM has guided the advancement of aerospace medicine and human performance from the beginnings of aviation through the onset of the space age and into the present, and is the oldest continually operating institution of its kind. It is also host to the largest aeromedical library in the world. For more information about the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, please visit https://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/711hpw/USAFSAM/.
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 currently be pursuing, or have received within the last 12 months, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a microbiology, molecular biology, or similar degree from an accredited institution.
Highly competitive applicants will have education and/or experience in one or more of the following:
- Hands on experience in molecular techniques, particularly in the analysis of sequencing data.
- Skill in statistical interpretation and data analysis using statistical software (e.g. Python, R, Tableau) and/or spreadsheets and database software applications.
- Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology in both oral and written communications.
- Ability to independently complete and prioritize research activities in a time efficient manner when not directly interacting with mentor.
- Above all, the applicant should be prepared to be creative, problem solve, and think critically and carefully.
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree received within the last 12 months or currently pursuing