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Audiology Post-Doctoral Research

The Army Public Health Center (APHC) is located on Aberdeen Proving Ground South (Edgewood Area). The APHC mission is to enhance Army readiness by identifying and assessing current and emerging health threats, developing and communicating public health solutions, and assuring the quality and effectiveness of the Army's Public Health Enterprise. Their vision is to be a world-class provider of public health services across the Army and DOD.

The Scientific and Clinical Studies Section (SCSS) of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is an active research program conducting studies in basic science, hearing protection, hearing restoration, auditory pathology, sound localization, cognition, and speech/language impairments resulting from traumatic brain injury. The SCSS staffing includes 6 principal investigators, 3 investigators affiliated with the Army Hearing Division/Army Public Health Center, 3 engineers, and 7 clinical research investigators. There are 4 labs, equipped to conduct various studies. 

In efforts to support the DoD, the Scientific and Clinical Studies Section (SCSS) of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center will be conducting research to improve hearing surveillance systems. Throughout this research experience the participant will collaborate with a mentor, focusing on the prevention, assessment and treatment of auditory disorders in the population of active duty service members. The participant will gain tremendous knowledge and understanding in DoD laboratory and facility operations, as they learn strategic methods to bring enhancements to the following areas:
  • Development of better tools for reliably assessing occupational noise exposure and its relationship to audiometric and psychoacoustic measures
  • Identifying early indicators of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus
  • Identifying psychoacoustic and speech-perception tests that are correlated with estimates of noise exposure or subjective complaints about hearing difficulties or tinnitus
  • Assessment of functional consequences of the spectrum of hearing impairment and tinnitus

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 APHC. 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.

Additional Information
While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with DOD or any other agency, this opportunity will require a suitability investigation/background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative pending favorable outcome of the investigation.

Participants should have completed, or be scheduled to complete, a Ph.D. in speech-language-hearing science or audiology. Candidates for the opportunity should have basic computer skills and an interest in conducting research studies. A history of at least 1 peer-reviewed publication is preferred.