The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is a premier research institution dedicated to soldier and world health. WRAIR is an international leader in science and technology, aiming to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to the Department of Defense and U.S. Army requirements and delivers lifesaving products, including knowledge, technology, and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the warfighter. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research carries out research on a wide array of infectious diseases, including emerging infectious diseases, HIV, malaria, and other infectious pathogens, and on diverse aspects of brain and behavioral health, including sleep, traumatic brain injury prevention/treatment, and psychological resilience.
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is offering an ORISE learning opportunity that will provide an opportunity to apply a science background to management and oversight of scientific research and create a new competency. This opportunity will prepare the participant for future positions in research management/oversight offices within academia, industry, or the federal government.
As an ORISE participant and under the guidance of a mentor, the fellow will be trained to complete the following learning objectives:
Develop a comprehensive understanding of scientific portfolios in biomedical research, including clinical trials of vaccines and treatments for infectious diseases; basic science and preclinical studies within the infectious disease portfolio; research on behavioral health, brain trauma, and sleep other types of research studies.
Gain an understanding of the multidisciplinary scientific oversight process for human research studies, studies involving recombinant DNA, and animal research studies.
Participate with the mentor to improve scientific oversight processes and procedures at WRAIR.
Help to produce and deliver training to investigators regarding scientific review processes for human research protocols and recombinant DNA studies.
Help to evaluate the effectiveness of scientific review processes and educational strategies within the organization.
Gain an understanding of the oversight process for animal research.
Please note: The initial appointment is for one year, but the appointment may be renewed up to a total of three years. The appointment is full-time at WRAIR in the Silver Spring, MD.
For more information about WRAIR, please visit www.wrair.army.mil.
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.
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by WRAIR. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
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.
Candidates must have received at least a master's degree in a biomedical research field (biology, pharmacology, microbiology, virology, molecular biology, clinical research, or other biomedical sciences). Applicants should have superior academic performance, research and communication (oral and written) skills, good organizational skills, ability to understand and communicate effectively regarding diverse areas of scientific research.
It would be desirable for the candidate to have background in molecular biology as well as familiarity with biomedical clinical research.
Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).