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Internship - Social/Behavioral Sciences Research

Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton, located in Dayton, Ohio, conducts research on environmental health effects and aerospace medicine, addressing health and performance challenges faced by service members in operational military environments.

The participant selected for this research opportunity will be involved with two protocols that will expand their experience and knowledge in the following areas: preparation of tests and equipment, data collection, and data management. The first protocol investigates the combined effects of 29 hours of continuous wakefulness with acute exposure of 3% CO2 on a memory task. Research subjects will come to the lab on 5 occasions, 2 are overnight stays, and 3 occur during the day hours. The second protocol investigates 2 sleep aids on sleep continuity and daytime performance following a night of sleep. Research subjects will come to the lab on 4 occasions, 3 are overnight stays continuing into the next day with cognitive testing throughout the daytime hours. The selected participant will have an opportunity to learn testing procedures and data management through hands-on experience, interacting with current research staff to learn appropriate experiment methodology.

Appointment Length
This ORISE appointment is for a 4 month period. 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 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 candidate should have at least 2 years of college with some research training, such as research design and ethics in research conduct. Long-term goals to continue education is desirable. The ability to work as a team with individuals with diverse backgrounds is necessary.