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Exercise Physiology Support Section Fellow

This research opportunity is with the Airman Biosciences Division of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM). USAFSAM is part of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. This opportunity will allow the participant to assist with the assessment of the health and performance of United States Air Force aircrew members through aerospace physiology research, to include advanced concepts of epidemiology, physiology, and injury prevention techniques. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will learn study design, human subject data collection, statistical analysis, and injury surveillance.
The research topic being supported will evaluate neck and back pain in high performance aircraft pilots. This effort will asses injury prevention and performance enhancement training programs that are currently utilized by fighter pilot communities. The participant will:
  • Review history of high performance aircrew conditioning programs through literature review and Air Force policy implementation.
  • Conduct analysis of high performance aircraft pilot conditioning programs.
  • Develop survey tools and collect data from existing programs.
  • Collaborate with epidemiologist and support staff to obtain injury data from preselected high performance aircraft units.
  • Analyze data for trends in training techniques using standard statistical software and research methods.
  • Analyze health and personnel data to identify populations at increased risk for injury.
  • Support the principal investigator in identifying knowledge gaps and making recommendations on best practices.
  • Collaborate with a diverse set of personnel across departments to ensure robust analysis and interpretation of findings.
  • Create periodic reports for division, department, and higher levels of leadership to inform on progress of studies.
  • Assist with authoring publishable findings and presentations at scientific conventions and meetings.
Appointment Length
This appointment is a twelve 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 Benefits
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USAFSAMStipends 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.