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Acoustic Profile for Air Platform Assessment

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) 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. For more information about the 711th HPW, please visit:

AFRL is leading institution in the discovery, evaluation, and transition of revolutionary auditory and communication technologies that optimize warfighters’ tactical and strategic decision making, survivability, and lethality across the full range of battlespace environments.

The research project will involve a field evaluation of a new aircraft and will involve collecting noise data of the aircraft at various engine-running conditions while on the ground. The effort will be physically intensive and involve movement of heavy cables and support equipment while setting up the acoustic array outside. During the data collection, participants may be asked to troubleshoot faulty equipment and monitor performance of various sound recording devices. Participant will be involved with assembly/disassembly and calibration of an acoustic field array to measure and record noise patterns associated with high performance air platform operations. Activities will include precise physical placement of cables and microphones to align with approved test plans and diagrams. Participant will engage in daily calibrations of microphones and other test equipment associated with acoustic data collection. Participant will analyze sound quality during and post data collection sessions to ensure accuracy of recorded data. This opportunity will provide the participant with experience in a real world field research project.
Appointment Length
This appointment is a four 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.

High School: Candidates should have experience organizing, assembling and operating general electronics including lighting, sound, and support equipment. A familiarity and aptitude with electronic cables and connectors would be preferred. Candidates should be physically able to carry equipment weighing up to 50lbs, and work long hours in the desert heat.

Undergraduate: Useful course work might include classes in Physics, Audio Engineering, Audio Engineering Equipment and Tools, Sound Design, Digital Audio, Audio Compression, Sound-scape Design, Music Production, Music Mixing, Audio Editing, Acoustics, Digital Audio Workstation Systems (DAWS), Sound Editing, Mastering and Mixing Techniques, Post-Production, Multi-Channel Editing and Sound Replication. Candidates should be physically able to carry equipment weighing up to 50lbs, and work long hours in the desert heat.