Virtual Reality – Human Factors Research & Development – Research Fellow

at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Published February 6, 2023
Location TX
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research is offering a postgraduate fellowship at JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

What will I be doing?

As an ORISE participant, you will be joining a community of scientists and researchers at the Organ Support & Automation Technology Engineering Research Team at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in an effort to investigate human factors in a clinical decision support system using mixed reality systems (virtual and augmented) for burn care management and other trauma related injuries.

Why should I apply?

Under the guidance of a mentor, you will engage in a variety of research activities, including:

  • Conduct research in usability testing, focus group assessment, and other related human research studies
  • Collaborate with a small cross-functional team of researchers, clinicians, and biomedical engineers

Where will I be located? San Antonio, Texas

What is the anticipated start date?

Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and fellowships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.

What is the appointment length?

Appointments are initially for one year with the option to extend the appointment for up to four additional years, contingent upon project needs and funding availability.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by USAISR. Stipends are typically based on a participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance


The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research is one of six research laboratories within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command of the U.S. Army Medicine Command. The Institute is the Army's lead research laboratory for improving the care of combat casualties. The mission of the Institute is to "Optimize Combat Casualty Care".


This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DoD. Participants do not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DoD or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. For more information, visit the ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.


The qualified candidate will have a bachelor's or master's degree. The degree must have been received within 12 months of the appointment start date.

Highly competitive applicants will have education and/or experience in one or more of the following:

  • Ability to collaborate with a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to learn about decision support applications, training, and education.
  • Familiar or knowledgeable about virtual reality devices (Oculus, Reverb, etc.)