The Department of Defense (DoD) is offering a doctoral fellowship at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (MRIID) Center for Genome Sciences (CGS).
What will I be doing?
As an ORISE participant, you will join a community of scientists and researchers in an effort to characterize and further develop the animal model for infectious diseases. Within those models, ferrets (Mustela putorius furo), hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) and Guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) are of great interest in the development of Medical Countermeasures (MCM). MCM is imperative to protect people exposed to known or novel biological threats.
During your ORISE appointment, you will support CGS’s mission to successfully develop MCM to establish a reliable animal model that recapitulates human infection with the pathogen of interest. The goal of this project is to better characterize these animal models for infectious diseases, and develop and test species-specific reagents.
Aim 1: genomic characterization of the animal model.
Aim 2: resolution of highly repetitive immune loci.
Why should I apply?
What is the anticipated start date?
The USAMRIID 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 internships or fellowships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.
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 USAMRIID. Stipends are typically based on a participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
USAMRIID's reputation has been built over the years by numerous scientists and technical staff working to protect both military personnel and civilians from the threat of infectious diseases. The Institute participates in support of emerging disease investigations, working alongside colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. As a reference laboratory for the Department of Defense, USAMRIID sets the standard for identification of biological agents. The Institute's workforce represents some of the top infectious disease and biological defense experts in the Nation—indeed, in the world.
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 doctoral degree in the area of genomics, immunology, molecular biology, and/or other biological/medical sciences.