Audiology Research Fellow
Bethesda, MD

About $57,000 - $80,000 a year

EducationSkillsBenefits
Organization U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
Reference Code APHC-2019-0025
How to Apply

Components of the online application are as follows:
Profile Information
Educational and Employment History
Essay Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the opportunity)
Resume (PDF)
Transcripts/Academic Records - Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
Recommendation(s)
Submitted documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system.

If you have questions, send an email to ARMY-PHC@orise.orau.gov. Please list the reference code of this opportunity in the subject line of the email.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Description
The U. S. Army Public Health Center (APHC) mission is to enhance Army readiness by identifying and assessing current and emerging health threats, developing and communicating public health solutions, and assuring the quality and effectiveness of the Army's Public Health Enterprise. APHC’s vision is to be a world-class provider of public health services across the Army and DOD.

The Scientific and Clinical Studies Section (SCSS) of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is an active research program conducting studies in basic science, hearing protection, hearing restoration, auditory pathology (e.g., tinnitus, single-sided deafness, hidden hearing loss), sound localization, cognition, and speech/language impairments resulting from traumatic brain injury. As a participant, you will the opportunity to collaborate with 6 principal investigators, 3 investigators affiliated with the Army Hearing Division/Army Public Health Center, 3 engineers, and 7 clinical research investigators. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center SCSS has 4 labs, equipped to conduct various studies with study participants recruited from the Audiology and Speech Pathology Center, located in the same area.

As a participant, you will support your mentor in research focused on the prevention, assessment and treatment of auditory and vestibular disorders in the population of active-duty service members. The goal of this position is to carry out research aimed at improving the hearing surveillance system in the DoD by:
  • Developing better tools for reliably assessing occupational noise exposure and its relationship to audiometric and psychoacoustic measures
  • Identifying early indicators of noise-induced auditory/vestibular disorders
  • Identifying psychoacoustic and speech-perception tests that are correlated with estimates of noise exposure or subjective complaints about hearing difficulties or tinnitus
  • Efficiently assessing the functional consequences of hearing and/or vestibular disorders
This experience will also provide you the opportunities to showcase your knowledge as you will have an opportunity to provide guidance and solutions to the interpreted data and findings. In addition, your mentor will develop learning objects to fit your personal career development goals, while providing guidance and education that will prepare you for the labor force.

Appointment Length

This appointment is a twelve 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 APHC. 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.

Additional Information

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with DOD or any other agency, this opportunity will require a suitability investigation/background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative pending favorable outcome of the investigation.

Qualifications
Candidates should be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in speech-language-hearing science or audiology. Basic computer skills and an interest in conducting research studies are preferred.

Eligibility Requirements
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.

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