Environmental Scientist Job Opportunities
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Military Performance Division “Scientific Career Opportunities in the Government and Military” Edward J. Zambraski, Ph.D., FACSM Chief, Military Performance Division US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick, MA 01760-5007 email@example.com (508) 233-5150 Background – E. Zambraski Military Performance Division 1976 Ph.D., University of Iowa “Exercise Physiology” Research Renal, cardiovascular, exercise physiology 1976 – 2003 Rutgers University Depts: Physiology →Biology → Physiology → Cell Biology / Neuroscience Teaching: Physiology/Exercise Physiology Research: Maintained an externally funded lab for 27 years Renal nerves, Hypertension / cirrhosis, PG Renal Function, RAS 2003– Present: Chief (Chair), Military Performance Division, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA Three Perspectives Military Performance Division University Researcher/Teacher/Dept. Chair Time demands of teaching and research Competing for funds: NIH, private sector APS: “Career Opportunity Committee” Member and Chair for several years US Government / Army: Civilian Scientist My “Career Transition” Military Performance Division Quite a bit beyond “mid-career” !! The kind of environment I currently work in Mid-Career Transitions Military Performance Division Fundamental Issues – Government Scientist Are there jobs/positions? Types of positions or skill sets required? Similarities/contrasts to Academic positions US Army Medical Department Organization Chart Military Performance Division Office of the Army Surgeon General Medical Command (MEDCOM) Medical AMEDD Regional Center for Research Center & Medical Dental Veterinary Health Promotion and & Materiel School Commands Command Command Preventive Command Medicine US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) Military Performance Division miles west of 20 Boston Co-located with the Natick Soldier Center Natick Ideal location for collaboration: MIT, Harvard, BU, etc. Military Performance Division US Army MRMC Research Military Infectious Med Chem Diseases Defense Military Infectious Diseases 27% 15% Medical readiness Vaccines Biotechnology Combat Prophylaxis/treatment drugs Casualty Care 10% Diagnostics/prognostics Vector control Med Bio Medical C4ISR Defense Military 31% HIV countermeasures Operational Medicine 17% Combat Casualty Care Medical Chemical Defense Medical management of Lightweight medical equipment CW casualties Medical C4ISR Medical readiness Trauma care Drug prophylaxes/ Health monitoring & pretreatments diagnostic technology Diagnostics/therapeutics Military Operational Medicine Medical Biological Defense Soldier selection & sustainment Vaccines/therapies Soldier performance Field-portable diagnostic Warrior system modeling systems Health hazards protection Medical readiness Diagnostics/prognostics Biotechnology Health monitoring Military Performance Division Military Operational Medicine Labs Air Force and Navy USARIEM Toxicology Natick, MA Wright-Patterson AFB, OH - Collocation with NSC - Occupational toxicology research - Deployment toxicology - AFRL - NHRC Toxicology NSMRL Groton, CT Detachment - Collocation with attack sub fleet - Auditory and visual NHRC performance San Diego, CA enhancement (visual - Collocation with Navy, and Marines, auditory displays of special warfare, and trainees sonar signals - Navy MOM lead lab - Epidemiology of injury and Fort Detrick, MD illness - Deployment toxicology - Environmental and occupational medicine WRAIR Washington, DC - Basic sciences research Altitude Tri-Service USAARL NAMRL - Neuropsychiatry, Laboratory Directed Energy Fort Rucker, AL Pensacola, FL Pikes Peak, Brooks City-Base, TX - Collocated with Army - Collocation with CO -Laser eye protection aviation Navy aviation NMRC and - Platform-specific research - Aviation Washington, DC USAMRU-E visual performance (rotary-wing aircraft and medicine - Diving and WRAIR- ground combat vehicles) Tactile sensory environmental Heidelberg, - Injury biodynamics input and spatial physiology Germany Detachment research disorientation - Hyperbaric medicine - Psychosocial - NHRC EMR - Lead DoD biomedical lab research stress Detachment for studies in sensory research (visual USAREUR and and deployed auditory performance) forces Military Performance Division March 25, 2008: “ > 40% of the Army’s science workforce are eligible for retirement within the next 10 years.” MG Weightman Commander, MRMC Army science workforce ~ 8,000+ Other DoD branches (Navy, Air Force) real numbers but much smaller US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Military Performance Division ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE • Environmental Extremes (Heat, Cold & High Terrestrial Altitude) • Physiological Monitoring & Predictive Modeling OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE & PERFORMANCE • “World-Class” Laboratory for Environmental Medicine, Physiology, • Occupational Task Performance and Nutrition Research Performance & Injury • Integrated Cellular, Tissue, Animal & Prevention Human Research Programs • Bioenergetics & Metabolism (Nutrition) • Four research “Divisions” • n = 200 scientists/support personnel • Cognitive Performance •Under a military “Command” Assessment •40 % scientists are military Military Performance Division World Class Facilities • Doriot Climatic Chambers (minus 70 F to 160 F) • Water Immersion Laboratory • Altitude (Hypobaric) Chamber Sea-level to 9,150 m (30,000 ft) • Biochemical labs, Testing labs, off-site centers • Pikes Peak Lab 4300 m (highest in NA) USARIEM Organization Military Performance Division Research Support Division Biophysics & Thermal & Mountain Military Nutrition Military Performance Biomedical Medicine Division Division Division Modeling Division (TMMD) (MND) (MPD) (BBMD) USARIEM Personnel: N ≈ 200 35% Military 50% Civilian 15% Contractor Military Performance Division Research Teams Military Performance Division Epidemiology Injury Epidemiology Performance Physiology Assessment of individual capacities/training programs Endocrine control: exercise and/or environmental stress Muscle / bone function: stress fractures/bone health Mechanisms of muscle growth and injury Energy Metabolism Biomechanics Load carriage/equipment interactions Injury potential Cognitive Performance Cognitive performance: assessment Altered Cognitive Function: military operations (blast, deployment..) Types of Scientists: USARIEM/MPD Military Performance Division Physiologists Pharmacologists Systems Statisticians Environmental Biomedical engineers Cellular Biophysicists Biochemists (modelers) Endocrinologists Nutritionists Molecular biologists Immunologists Cell Signaling MDs (clinical research) Epidemiologists Military Performance Division Scientist: Comparison of Responsibilities Academia US Gov’t/Army 9% 30% 10% 1% 10% 30% 30% 80% Teaching Administrative Grants/ Funding Research Skills Needed: Civilian Scientist in the US Army Military Performance Division Research Expertise Basic scientist Applied: “ real world” Function in disciplined/structured environment Ability to Communicate: oral and written Contracting/Budgeting Acquisition training, CORs, CRADA, MOU Perform under pressure: “suspense” “taskers”, briefings, reviews “DWA” (deal with acronyms !!) Military Performance Division General Schedule (GS) System Civilian Scientists Pay ranges stipulated (GS-1 – GS-15) Competitive with University salaries Full benefits More structured Annual appointments Leave calculations (recently revised) Time monitored “Term” appointments vs “permanent” positions Government Scientist Military Performance Division “Coming in green” (active duty) HealthProfessions Scholarship Program: MDs, Vet, Psych (PhD) Professional Allied/Health programs: Physical therapy (Doctoral) Occupational therapy (Doctoral) Dieticians (Masters) Physician assistants Payback ≈ 2:1 Army’s Scientific Workforce Military Performance Division GS Civilian Scientists Military Scientists / Health Professionals Contracted Scientists “in house” Collaborations “IPA” – Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement Comparison: attributes of each.. Military Performance Division Academia US Army Salaries + + Appointments Tenure Contract/Term/Perm. Choice Res. Topics + - * Work Requirements + - - (Hours Monitored) * Resources - ++ Bureaucracy + - Publishing + + Meetings/ Travel - + Pressure / Demands (+) (-) *Job Satisfaction * - ++ Finding Jobs within US Gov’t/Army Military Performance Division (MRMC-Military Operational Medicine) DirectInquiries and Contact with Army Research Investigators. Interactions as Professionals Meetings/conferences Societies/Editorial Boards Interaction as Collaborators Formal Government Job Announcements Websites: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ [general government] http://www.cpol.army.mil/ [Army civilians] Mid-Career Transitions Military Performance Division Civilian Scientist Military Health Contractor Professional Research Positions: US Army / Government Very positive work environment (my perspective) There are positions (this number will be increasing) Wide variety of disciplines / skill sets Clear differences academia government environment Individual qualities / choice / time point in your career Military Performance Division “Scientific Career Opportunities in the Government and Military” Edward J. Zambraski, Ph.D., FACSM Chief, Military Performance Division US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick, MA 01760-5007 firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 233-5150 The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the author and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the Army or the Department of Defense.