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Cell Based Biometric Sensor to Monitor Stress-Induced Metabolic Flux in-situ

The Air Force Research Lab 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW) is a unique combination of three units: the Airman Systems Directorate (RH), the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) and the Human Systems Integration Directorate (HP). The synergies of combining the ideas, resources and technologies of these units position the 711 HPW as a world leader in the study and advancement of human performance. This opportunity is located in Dayton, OH. For more information about the 711th HPW:

Are you interested in a 10 week summer research opportunity? This is an opportunity to collaborate with a mentor on research that will focus on developing a biometric sensor based on measuring and characterizing mitochondrial structure and function as an indicator of airman health and performance. You will be supporting research investigating the biometric sensor as a device that detects mitochondria traits to inform physiological conditions and predict future performance. As a research participant you will be taught to collect and analyze data, and interpret results in establishing mitochondrial health as a critical component of a biosensor capable of quantitatively measuring an individual’s current (and future) physiological condition. By the end of this research experiment, you will have learned to run analytical equipment, advanced molecular techniques and device development. Additionally, as an effort to focus on career development, you will attend weekly team meetings with your mentor, and learn how to present data to various team members.

Appointment Length
This appointment is a ten week 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 USAFRL. 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.

PhD, MS in biological sciences and biomedical engineering. Experience in molecular biology, sensor design is desirable.