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Musculoskeletal Injury and Human Performance Research Intern

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) is an internationally recognized research center of excellence for Warfighter performance science and its useful applications. The Institute functions as a world-class laboratory for environmental medicine, physiology, health, performance and nutrition research. Research studies are conducted by scientists from four research divisions, working in concert with one another, as well as in collaboration with other world-class scientists from government, industry and academia. Research divisions are: Biophysics & Biomedical Modeling (BBMD), Military Nutrition (MND), Military Performance (MPD), Thermal & Mountain Medicine (TMMD). 

The Military Performance Division of USARIEM is focused on research to optimize Warfighter performance and operational effectiveness, and prevent or mitigate performance decrements due to physical or mental overload, nutritional deficits, environmental and occupational hazards, or musculoskeletal injury. Two major research efforts in the division include studying the impact of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on bone and muscle adaptation to exercise, and a large, multi-site study focused on reducing musculoskeletal injuries in the military, called The Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (ARIEM) reduction in musculoskeletal injury (ARMI) study. The objective of these protocols is to identify physiological mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury in military populations.

The candidate will support our mission and research efforts in the field of musculoskeletal injury. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will take part in data and sample collection, sample storage, data organization and reduction, and laboratory/biochemical analysis and will also gain experience in conducting literature reviews with respect to ongoing lines of research and in preparing manuscripts and abstracts.

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.  

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USAMRMC-RIEM. Stipends are typically based on the 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.


Bachelor's degree in biological sciences is required for participation. Preferred skills/experience includes:

  • Laboratory skills and experience.
  • Experience conducting basic biochemical assays such as enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) and colorimetric reactions.
  • Knowledge of biological sample processing (serum, plasma, urine) procedures and biosafety precautions.
  • Phlebotomy experience.
  • Good computer skills, experience with Microsoft Word and Excel and basic statistical knowledge.
  • Experience conducting human performance research.

A degree in exercise science will be considered.  Periodic travel to field locations for data collection will be required.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/8/2021 11:59:00 PM.