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Internship - Performance and Physiology Research

The U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), located in Natick, MA is offering a research opportunity for one participant to learn and train under USARIEM scientists. The mission of USARIEM is to optimize Warfighter health and performance through medical research ( This research project will take place in the Military Performance Division, focusing on human physiological responses to military stressors and interaction with protective equipment, training and dietary interventions, and psychological stress management strategies.

 Additionally, as part of the research, the participant(s) may contribute to the following research efforts:
1. Collect articles from library searches on performance physiology, bioengineering, and bioenergetics topics, building literature database and bibliographies.
2. Analyze specific research to support a review of topics including: textile properties affecting human thermoregulation; thermogenic ration components; characterization of physiology and traditional practices of native cold dwellers; emerging functional fiber material properties of use to the Army 
3. Participate in protocol development for body composition and bioenergetics studies involving Marines, extreme performers, and unique job specialists.   
4. Participate in an analysis of national sleep and activity datasets as well as collect new data based on actigraphy methods.
5. Participate in planning a major symposium on neurobiology of exercise.

Appointment Length
This appointment is a two 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 USARIEM. 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.

College background; quick learner; team player; curious about mechanisms underlying solutions to soldier problems. An enthusiastic commitment to science.