Dynamical Systems Modeling of Human States
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 11/25/2018

Opportunity Description

With headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the nation's premier laboratory for land forces. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government, academic, and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated science and technology in the Army. Basic science research is needed to address critical knowledge gaps underlying efforts to seamlessly integrate humans and advanced technology for future military and civilian applications. Broad needs defined within this problem space demand high-quality, complex experimentation combined with advanced quantitative analysis and modeling of human brain-body states and their dynamics in simulated and actual (real-world) operational contexts. Under this announcement, the Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to research internal human states as an emergent property of the complex, dynamic interaction between the brain and the body. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop an objective, mathematical framework to quantify and characterize human internal states in near real time for adaptive technologies. Research activities will involve (1) dynamical and control simulations modeling of brain and body interactions; (2) analysis of the simulation results to characterize emergent properties of this system; (3) relating the modeling results to empirical studies which contain neural, physiological, and behavioral data; (4) authoring presentations and manuscripts for peer-review publication. Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or a closely related discipline. Candidates should demonstrate a strong scientific background with examples of recent high-quality first-author presentations and writing. Strong candidates will have already successfully published (or had work accepted for publication) in one or more peer-reviewed journals. Click here for more information

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About Us

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as:

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Program that allow senior scientists, faculty; high school, bachelor’s, masters’ and doctoral students, and recent graduates to enhance their science education experience in projects and activities at our Department of Defense (DOD) and other Government and Private Industry customers’ laboratories and research facilities worldwide.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs.

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