The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) is offering a research opportunity at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
What will I be doing?
The objective of this effort is to further characterize an easy to administer, safe, and efficacious cyanide medical countermeasure for use in limited or mass cyanide exposures. The safety and efficacy of our lead candidate cyanide medical countermeasure, dimethyl trisulfide (DMTS), will be evaluated in small laboratory animals.
Why should I apply?
Under the guidance of a mentor, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your education and support your academic and professional goals. Along the way, you will engage in activities and research in several areas. These include, but are not limited to:
Learn a wide variety of laboratory techniques to include:
- Complementary research in which DMTS is administered via intramuscular injections post-exposure monitoring of physiologic endpoints
- Play a hands-on role in the development of project proposals and protocols, as well as an active role in the laboratory (e.g., data collection, data analysis, equipment set-up and maintenance, etc.)
- Collaborative projects with internal and external colleagues, will learn relevant techniques and assays, and will be encouraged to provide suggestions for improvement Experience methods for data collection, evaluation and assessment associated with these techniques
- Have opportunities to present data at relevant meetings and briefings and to prepare manuscripts for open literature publications
Where will I be located?
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
What is the appointment length?
This appointment is a 12-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.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by MRICD. 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
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) is the Department of Defense’s lead laboratory for medical chemical defense research. As a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), the institute conducts research for development of medical countermeasures to treat exposure to various chemical threat agents for protection of soldiers and civilians. Scientific disciplines at USAMRICD include, but are not limited to, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, neuroscience, toxicology, physiology, psychology, and immunology. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USAMRICD.
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.
Applicant should be currently pursuing or completed a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD in one of the following or a related discipline:
- Experimental Psychology
Preferred skill-set and/or experience:
- Comfortable working in a research team environment
- Effective writing and speaking skills
- Hands-on experience handling and using small laboratory animals in experimental studies
- Knowledge of pharmacology and toxicology principles, particularly as it relates to inhalation toxicology
- Experience in intramuscular, subcutaneous and intranasal administration in small laboratory animals
- Willingness to learn new skills
- Provide guidance and assistance to laboratory technicians
- Ability to efficiently and effectively manage pressure
- Ability to collaborate with internal and external collaborators
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
- Overall GPA: 3.00