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Internship - Physiologist Research

The position serves as a physiologist/intestinal physiologist/cell biologist to execute research in the areas of pharmokinetics, nutrition, immune, and gastrointestinal cell culture to support microbiome-related projects. Techniques include establishing intestinal in vitro/ex vivo models to test hypotheses relating to mechanisms of normal and dysbiotic responses of intestinal epithelial cells in response to military relevant stressors. The research requires proficiency with analytical techniques (e.g. qPCR, ELISA, confocal microscopy, -omics, and histology) and equipment necessary to accomplish research in the above areas. Responsibilities include planning and conducting research studies in molecular biology and nutrition, presenting findings at scientific conferences, as well as publishing peer-reviewed research articles. The specific projects Dr. Weber will be working on include examining intestinal changes due to varying O2/CO2 concentrations in multiple cell models as well as an intestinal immunology project which explore how inflammation affects micronutrient absorption and intestinal barrier function under military-relevant stress as well as development of physiologically complex human cellular models that are also military-relevant.

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 CCDC Soldier Center. 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.

Ph.D. in physiology or related field