The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Military Nutrition Division (MND) is offering undergraduate internships at the Natick, Massachusetts facility.
What will I be doing?
This opportunity will support an existing resiliency research program. There are a number of projects under this program. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will support research exploring inter-individual variation in metabolomic profiles that predict performance and career success as well as global changes in metabolic profiles of Soldiers engaged in arduous Special Forces training using archived blood samples and data from an existing longitudinal cohort study.
Why should I apply?
During this appointment, you will learn markers of resilience in a large civilian cohort using the extensive existing metabolic data available in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a comprehensive national database of over 40,000 adult civilians, to determine associations with measures of resilience such as physical function, bone fractures, body composition, and mood state, including depression, anxiety, and well-being.
Additionally, this opportunity will support a research study investigating the performance/vigilance impact of a multi-stressor military environment and describing a methodology for monitoring and managing readiness in the operational context, where you will learn to use an ambulatory monitoring system. You will gain experience and training in study development and design, data cleaning, and statistical analyses. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore opportunities for independent project development, as well as attend and present scientific findings at local and national meetings, and co-author manuscripts and technical reports.
Where will I be located?
You will conduct research remotely under the direction of a mentor who will be based in Natick, Massachusetts.
What is the anticipated start date?
June 7, 2021. 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. The participation rate will be part-time (15 hours/week).
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by USARIEM. 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 U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), located in Natick, Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized center of excellence for Warfighter health and performance science and its applications. The Institute functions as a world-class laboratory for environmental medicine, physiology, and nutrition research. USARIEM’s highly skilled scientists conduct research in Biophysics & Biomedical Modeling (BBMD), Military Nutrition (MND), Military Performance (MPD), and Thermal & Mountain Medicine (TMMD). The Military Nutrition Division conducts research on nutritional issues affecting the health and mission-readiness of military personnel, and supports the US Army Surgeon General’s responsibilities as the Department of Defense’s executive agent for nutrition research. For more information about RIEM, please visit https://mrdc.amedd.army.mil/.
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.
Candidates should currently be pursuing an undergraduate degree in exercise or nutritional sciences or a closely related field.
Highly competitive applicants will have education and/or experience in one or more of the following:
- Additional experience in the stress physiology and/or genetics field would be favorable.
- Demonstrate proficiency with written and oral communication.
- Exemplary organization skills are desired.
- Candidates must be self-motivated and able to function well within a collaborative laboratory environment.
- Additional favorable skills include experience with scientific literature review and analysis and scientific writing as well as some experience in evaluating, tabulating and assessing the quality of the scientific literature, writing white papers, systematic reviews, manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and book chapters.
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree.