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Inhalation Toxicology: US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

ORISE, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

Position Description:

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) is the Department of Defense’s lead laboratory for medical chemical defense research. As a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Medical Development and Materiel Command (USAMRDC), the institute conducts research for development of medical countermeasures to treat exposure to various chemical threat agents for protection of soldiers and civilians. Scientific disciplines at USAMRICD include, but are not limited to, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, neuroscience, toxicology, physiology, psychology, and immunology. Visit us on Facebook at
Under the guidance of a mentor, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your education and support your academic and professional goals. As part of the Inhalation Toxicology Team, you will gain research experience focused in the design and use of in vivo and in vitro inhalation exposure models to develop medical countermeasures against chemical threat agents (such as synthetic opioids, metabolic poisons, and toxic industrial chemicals). In addition, you will participate in research projects (NIH interagency agreements) to characterize the toxic effects of chemical agents and/or toxic industrial chemicals on physiology and biochemistry/molecular biology, which will lead to the identification of therapeutic targets and candidate drugs.


  • Applicant should have completed a Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry or a related field within the past five years.
  • Experience with at least one of the following is highly desired: inhalation exposure, aerosol generation, in silico modeling, or biochemical assay development.
  • Candidate must be willing to handle animals, human tissues, and cultured cells.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

To Apply:

Resumes can be sent to: Dr. Bryan J. McCranor ( or go to for more information

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.