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Musculoskeletal Injury Research Fellow with the Military Performance Division

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The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), a subordinate laboratory of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), is an internationally recognized center of excellence for Warfighter performance science and its useful applications. The Institute functions as a world-class laboratory for environmental medicine, physiology, performance and nutrition research. It features integrated cellular, tissue, & human research programs. Fellowship will be in the Military Performance Division, whose goal is to conduct research to enhance the performance of military occupational tasks and to prevent performance decrements due to physical overload and musculoskeletal injuries.  

What will I be doing?

As a research physiologist fellow with the Military Performance Division's Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program and under the guidance of a mentor, you will have the opportunity to learn and assist with:

  • Performing data collection procedures to include, but not limited to, anthropometrics, physical performance measures, dual x-ray absorptiometry, high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography, and phlebotomy.
  • Gaining experience in all aspects of research studies, including laboratory and field-based studies. This may include organizing orders and transportation of equipment, scheduling personnel, facilities, and study volunteers, and ensuring compliance with Institutional Review Board requirements.  
  • Entering data and ensuring the accuracy of the database.
  • Performing literature searches.
  • Learning from and engaging with principal investigator/s with preparation of publications and presentations (e.g., create slides, design tables and figures).  

Why should I apply?

Throughout your educational opportunity your mentor will develop learning objectives to fit your personal career development goals, while providing guidance and education that will prepare you for your future.

Where will I be located?  

Natick, Massachusetts. This opportunity may require travel for data collection at off-site locations (up to ~25% of time).

What is the anticipated start date? 

This is a full-time, 12-month appointment anticipated to begin in early 2024; exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. 

Appointment Length

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)
  • 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.


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.


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.


Highly competitive applicants will have the following knowledge and skills:

  • The candidate should have or be pursuing (to be completed by Summer 2024) a BS or MS in exercise, physiology, and/or similar topic areas that would facilitate the opportunities listed in the position description.
  • A successful candidate should be well-organized, able to participate autonomously, and interested in broadening their experience in research.
  • Prior research experience is highly desirable, but not required. 

Application Requirements

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Zintellect Profile
  • 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
  • Transcripts/Academic Records - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • One Recommendation
  • If you have questions, send an email to Please list the reference code of this opportunity USAMRDC-RIEM-2024-0011 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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Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/30/2024 12:00:00 AM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (51 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age
  • Veteran Status: Veterans Preference, degree received within the last 120 month(s).