Biomechanical, physiological and functional change
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 5/15/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Biomechanical, physiological and functional changes in neuronal cells subjected to blast over pressure Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army's central laboratory. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. Military and civilian personnel exposed to high-intensity blast over pressure experience a wide range of neurological disorders. Recently, repeated exposure to military occupational blasts has also been linked to similar neurological disorders. Although, it is generally recognized that exposure to blast overpressure may lead to neurological disorder, the exact mechanism of the blast-induced effects are not clearly understood. In order to develop a fundamental understanding of blast-induced neurological injuries, the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate of the Army Research Laboratory is seeking exceptional candidates to conduct experimental investigations on the biomechanical, physiological and functional changes in neuronal cells subjected to blast over pressure. The goal of the research is to establish injury criteria and underlying mechanisms and develop models to assist predictive capabilities and preventive technologies. A suitable candidate will have a Bachelor of Science or advance degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related discipline. Candidates should demonstrate a strong academic background with research experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience, recombinant biology. Prior experience in handling animal models, cell culture, protocols for perfusions and isolation of brain tissue, isolating proteins from cells, as well as spectroscopic techniques such as UV-VIS, fluorometery, visualization techniques and GC-MS are highly desirable. This opportunity requires collaborating as a part of a large team of researchers from ARL, US Army Medical and Materiel Command, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and New Jersey Institute of Technology and requires travels to the partner sites for conducting experiments and research reviews. This opportunity is open to U.S. Citizens only Keywords: neuronal cells, blast overpressure, blast-induced

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