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Orthopaedic Trauma Research Fellowship

The Extremity Trauma & Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is a unique organization within the DoD consisting of teams of researchers embedded at the point of care within multiple Military Treatment Facilities across the nation. In line with the congressionally directed mission of the EACE, the research efforts undertaken focus on the mitigation, treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic extremity injuries and amputations with a specific focus on translating their findings into clinical practice to improve the care of injured Service Members and Veterans.
The EACE Regenerative Biosciences Laboratory primarily focuses on the development and evaluation of next generation technologies and approaches for the treatment of combat related orthopaedic trauma. In particular, contemporary cell / molecular biology in vitro approaches as well as clinically relevant small and large animal models of orthopaedic trauma are utilized to generate the knowledge required to translate promising technologies into clinical practice. Specifically, ongoing efforts within the EACE Regenerative Biosciences Laboratory include several projects focused on volumetric muscle loss (VML) and post traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA). 
VML, defined as the irrecoverable frank loss of skeletal muscle tissue with associated persistent functional deficits, presents pervasively, with representation in ~50% of total war injuries, and is a leading factor in the decision to amputate with 80% of the surgical amputations performed on military casualties directly related to this missing skeletal muscle tissue. In the event of a traumatic orthopaedic injury affecting a synovial joint, damage to the articular surface often occurs either through direct insult or indirectly as a result of subsequent incongruities and altered loading. These sites subsequently result in a high reoccurrence of injury and progressive degeneration through a process coined Post Traumatic Osteoarthritis (PTOA). Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will gain exposure to various aspects of pre-clinical research by participating in ongoing collaborative research projects. Specifically, they will collect, process, analyze, and interpret data relating to VML and PTOA and then will perform descriptive and inferential statistical analyses.

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 EACE. 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Experience in the fields of regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, cell / molecular biology, immunology, biomaterials, physiology, or related fields. Proficiency with contemporary biomedical wet lab methodology and small and/or large animal models. Specific research background in the area of extremity trauma is highly desired.
Education/Training: PhD in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, immunology, cell / molecular biology, physiology, or a related field
Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; research animal handling
Work Environment: The work environment is that of a biomedical wet laboratory in a DoD teaching and research university / hospital. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree to be received by 10/1/2019 12:00:00 AM.
  • 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 )