Low Back Pain Research Fellowship (Remote-participation Optional)
Location: Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Academic / Research
Telecommuting is allowed.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: USAMRDC-RIEM-2023-0015
USARIEM is internationally recognized as the DoD's premier Warfighter health and performance research laboratory and focuses on environmental medicine, physiology, physical and cognitive performance, and nutrition research.
What will I be doing?
This research project will investigate military aircrew with low back pain, causing a helicopter pilot shortage and threatening force readiness. The fellow will research musculoskeletal and sensorimotor deficits; individuals with chronic LBP often feel pain in the lower back region and exhibit hypersensitivity to light, touch, heat/cold, etc., indicating the brain structures dysfunction or "Central Sensitization: CS" and explore potential holistic intervention strategies.
Why should I apply?
Under the guidance of a mentor, the fellow will investigate sensorimotor characteristics (balance & proprioception), musculoskeletal characteristics (strength/flexibility), self-reported surveys on CS and other mental/emotional wellness (fear, anxiety, stress, and depression) in aircrew with and without low back pain. This fellowship will provide hands-on in-service to become familiar/proficient with laboratory testing procedures and data collection, regulatory document preparation, and data dissemination/report/manuscript writing/conference presentation. During this fellowship, the mentor will also focus and assist the fellow in developing and planning for future studies and career goals as it relates to their individual interest.
Where will I be located?
Remote participation is optional. On-site training at USARIEM (Natick, MA) for two weeks for orientation and hands-on training. Required to travel to Fort Campbell, KY, for data collection (~10-20%).
What is the anticipated start date?
This is a full-time, 12-month appointment anticipated to begin as soon as possible; exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. Shorter-term appointment is possible if desired.
Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and participant availability.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by the Department of Defense (DoD). Stipends are typically based on a 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)
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.
The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), in Natick, Massachusetts, is recognized as the DoD's premier laboratory for Warfighter health and performance research and focuses on environmental medicine, physiology, physical and cognitive performance, and nutrition research. Military guidance has been published for operations in heat, cold, and high-altitude environments and nutrition for health and performance.
Fort Campbell, KY is a United States Army installation located astride the Kentucky-Tennessee border between Hopkinsville, KY and Clarksville, TN (post address is in KY). Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division and the 106th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DoD. Participants do not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DoD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. For more information, visit the ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.
The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized center of excellence for Warfighter health and performance science and its applications. The Institute is a world-class environmental medicine, physiology, and nutrition laboratory. Appointments will be awarded for one year and will be offered through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and are potentially renewable for up to 4 years.
Highly competitive applicants will have experience and/or skills in the following:
A candidate with a minimum of a master's or doctoral degree in relevant fields (e.g. kinesiology, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, exercise physiology, biomechanics, etc.) is required.
Experience in military human performance / musculoskeletal injury prevention research is preferred.
Holistic Health and Fitness and body-mind exercises (yoga, meditation, breathing, etc.) are preferred.
Please note that all candidates are required to pass a basic security clearance to obtain a common access card (the process will begin prior to the start of the appointment).
Applications must be submitted on Zintellect.com (Reference Code: USAMRDC-RIEM-2023-0015). A complete application consists of the following:
Educational and Employment History
CV and Cover Letter describing achievements, research interests, career goals, reason of interest, and suitability for this appointment (maximum two pages) - please upload to the resume section on the application
If you have questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list the reference code of this opportunity USAMRDC-RIEM-2023-0015 in the email's subject line. Please understand that ORISE does not review applications or select applicants; selections are made by the sponsoring agency identified on this opportunity. All application materials should be submitted via the "Apply" button at the bottom of this opportunity listing. Please do not send application materials to the email address above.
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Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
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