The Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) supports the warfighter through premier aerospace medicine and environmental health research. NAMRU-D performs research on the effects of unique military settings and operational environments.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected candidate will engage in a research project that investigates the effects of motion on sleep in a multi-phase study. The general objectives of the project are (i) to develop a new “Sleep Disruption Motion Bed” (SDMB) for studying the impacts of motion on sleep, (ii) to begin to quantify thresholds for motion stimuli that disrupt sleep, and (iii) to begin to develop those mitigation strategies that could help minimize the impacts of vehicular motion (e.g., turbulence during air transport) on sleep. The study will involve testing human subjects to address these objectives and provides a hands-on, educational experience with various physiological/behavioral measurement technologies, including but not limited to the following areas: sleep, subjective perceptual responses, electromyography, and electroencephalography. In addition, the participant will analyze data, contribute to manuscript and grant preparation, present findings at scientific conferences, and learn about DoD collaborations with Air Force, Army, and University colleagues.
This appointment is a full-time, 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 NAMRU-D. 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.
The applicant should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant research area such as bioengineering, biology, neuroscience, psychology, or physiology and have a track record in behavioral research with the potential for scientific success. Knowledge in the field of sleep research is desired. The applicant should have a keen interest in sleep disruption and sleep deprivation research, human behavior/performance during motion, excellent writing and oral communication skills, and experience in data analysis. Occasional research outside the traditional hours will be required during data collection periods (evenings and nights).
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing