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Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology Fellow

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Military Nutrition Division (MND) is offering a master's level internship at the Natick, Massachusetts facility.
What will I be doing?

As an ORISE participant, you will be collaborating on ongoing studies within the MND focusing on the integrative effects of diet composition and exercise on substrate oxidation and performance. You will participate in the execution of randomized controlled trials that examine impact of nutrition, exercise, dietary supplements, and pharmacological interventions for Warfighters exposed to military operational stress. During your appointment you will receive hands-on experience collecting data from exercise testing, indirect calorimetry, stable isotope methodologies, and biological samples. 

Why should I apply?

Under the guidance of a mentor, you will gain a multitude of experiences to complement your education and support your academic and professional goals. Along the way, you will engage in activities and research in several areas including, but are not limited to, you will receive experience analyzing and interpreting data for presentation and publication. 
Please note: US Citizenship and travel are required. 

Where will I be located?  

Natick, Massachusetts

What is the anticipated start date?

The USARIEM is ready to make appointments effective May 10, 2021. 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 internships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.

Appointment Length

This is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for up to four additional years, depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by USARIEM. Stipends are typically based on a 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

You will 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.


United States Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), located in Natick, Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized center of excellence for Warfighter health and performance science and its applications. The Institute functions as a world-class laboratory for environmental medicine, physiology, and nutrition research. The Military Nutrition Division (MND) conducts research on nutritional issues affecting the health and mission-readiness of military personnel, and supports the US Army Surgeon General’s responsibilities as the Department of Defense’s executive agent for nutrition research. For more information about the USARIEM, please visit


Candidates should have or be currently pursuing a MS degree in the nutritional sciences, exercise physiology, or a closely related field. Demonstrated proficiency with written and oral communication, and exemplary organizational skills. Experience with collecting data related to nutrition- and exercise-based interventions with human populations preferred.

Additional favorable skills:

  • Experience in exercise physiology and/or sport nutrition
  • Experience in menu planning
  • Experience submitting research protocols to an institutional review board (IRB)
  • Experience using SPSS for statistical analysis

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM.