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Cognitive Performance Research IT Assistant

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:
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will collaborate with senior personnel in installing new/rebuilding existing servers as well as configure hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage, etc. The participant will learn to:
  • Maintain system standards that support human physiological assessment and cognitive optimization. 
  • Contribute to the creation of data center networking architectures and designs that allow for human state characteristics to be visualized for better analytical capabilities. Such designs include architectural standards and principles, general design documentation, bills of material, and configurations.
  • Create and maintaining system documentation and infrastructure drawings that are actualized during human performance research testing.
  • Analyze developed systems and hardware, and recommending innovation, and where possible, automated approaches for system administration tasks.
  • Gain a familiarity with building networking architecture for future research and development.
Participants can expect to take active roles in laboratory research development and execution, with projects primarily focusing on experimental design, data collection and analysis on various testing protocols, and documenting and reporting regularly to their peers and principle investigators on progress of research efforts. Participants will also learn how to aid in the development of future protocols and research proposals in their pursuit of more advanced academic work or as a practitioner in applicable environments.
As the participant pursues their degree program, this project will extend their educational experience by providing insight into real-world research based software/hardware applications. The experience gained in these real-world applications will provide them with the familiarity necessary to enhance their career opportunities.

Appointment Length
This appointment is an eight 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 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.

Candidates should be currently enrolled in a computer/software training program looking to obtain an associate's/bachelor's degree.
Candidates should hold a CompTIA security+ certificate.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree.
  • Discipline(s): Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
  • Computer Sciences (17 )
  • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
  • Engineering (27 )
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
  • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
  • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
  • Nanotechnology (1 )
  • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
  • Physics (16 )
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (32 )