The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is offering a
postdoctoral fellowship to support the AFRL 711 Human Performance
Wing (711 HPW), Airman Biosystems Division, Product Development
Branch, Enroute Care Section (RHBAM) in their research
collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The
successful candidate will conduct scientific research at the UMB
Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR Center),
a world-class, multi-disciplinary research and education center
focusing on critical care and organ support, resuscitation,
surgical outcomes, patient safety and injury prevention.
What will I be doing?
As an ORISE participant, you will join a community of scientists
and researchers in an effort to strengthen your skills in molecular
biology, biochemistry, immunology, and physiology.
Under the guidance of a mentor, you will gain hands-on experience
to complement your education and support your academic and
professional goals. The research group is currently seeking a
highly trained and motivated postdoctoral fellow to join their
Translational Research Program to investigate the role of
extracellular vesicles (EVs) and microRNA-mediated innate immune
signaling in 1) brain injury, 2) acute lung injury, 3) coagulopathy
in trauma and sepsis. These translational projects involve both
humans and mice.
The research group consists of two junior faculty co-investigators,
two research specialists, one clinical research assistant, and one
program administrative assistant. The principal investigator has
over 25 years of experience in the study of the molecular and
cellular mechanisms of sepsis, traumatic injury, and ischemic
Where will I be located?
What is the anticipated start date?
AFRL is ready to make appointments immediately. Exact start dates
will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination
with the selected candidate. Applications are reviewed on an
ongoing basis and fellowships will be filled as qualified
candidates are identified.
What is the appointment length?
Appointments are initially for one year with the option to extend
the appointment for up to four additional years, contingent upon
project needs and funding availability.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by AFRL. Stipends are
typically based on a participant’s academic standing, discipline,
experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may
include the following:
About AFRL 711 HPW
- Health Insurance Supplement (Participants are eligible to
purchase health insurance through ORISE)
- Relocation Allowance
- Training and Travel Allowance
The 711 HPW is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in
Ohio, is the first human-centric warfare wing to consolidate human
performance research, education, and consultation under a single
organization. Established under AFRL, the 711 HPW is comprised of
the Airman Systems Directorate (RH) and the United States Air Force
School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM). For more information about
the 711th Human Performance Wing, please visit: https://afresearchlab.com/
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 qualified candidate will have a PhD or MD with 2-4 years of
research experience in molecular/cell biology, physiology,
pharmacology, neuroscience, and immunology. Additionally, the ideal
candidate should have excellent written and oral communication
skills and independent ability to design and execute experiments.
Candidates must have received their degree within five years of the
appointment start date and must not have more than five years
postdoctoral research experience.
Highly competitive applicants will have two or more first authored,
published reserach manuscripts, and education and/or experience in
one or more of the following:
- Molecular biology techniques (including Western blot, Cell
culture, ELISA, Flow cytometry, RNA/DNA extraction, qPCR,
- Animal handling (specifically mouse handling)
- Excellent communication including data analysis and
- MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator
A complete application consists of:
- Zintellect Profile
- Educational and Employment History
- Essay Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the
- Resume (PDF)
- 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. Your application will be considered
incomplete and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is
submitted. We encourage you to contact your recommender as soon as
you start your application to ensure they are able to complete the
recommendation form and to let them know to expect a message from
Zintellect. Recommenders will be asked to rate your scientific
capabilities, personal characteristics, and describe how they know
you. You can always log back in to your Zintellect account and
check the status of your application.
If you have questions, send an email to AIRFORCE@orise.orau.gov
Please list the reference code of this opportunity
[AFRL-711HPW-2022-0016] in the subject line of the email. 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