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Research Physiology

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Research Physiology

America’s Navy answers the call of duty in nearly every environment on earth – from high-pressure ocean depths to scorching landscapes. The Navy Physiologist’s duty is to understand the effects of these extreme conditions on human muscle and bone. And provide recommendations for helping Sailors and Marines perform their jobs well.

America’s Navy answers the call of duty in nearly every environment on earth – from high-pressure ocean depths to scorching landscapes. The Navy Physiologist’s duty is to understand the effects of these extreme conditions on human muscle and bone. And provide recommendations for helping Sailors and Marines perform their jobs well.

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About this Job

Navy Physiologists apply innovative technologies in physiology and medicine to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate exercise- or training-related injuries. This includes:

  • Analyzing physiological and chemical functions of living organisms  
  • Conducting research on physiological responses to the stresses of military environments, including temperature; altitude; pressure and acceleration; and exposure to hazardous chemicals and radiation
  • Recommend countermeasures to ensure maximum efficiency and safety of personnel
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As an Officer in the Medical Service Corps, you may work at a research facility, including:

  • Exercise/work physiology laboratories
  • Biochemistry laboratories
  • Climatic chambers
  • Swim flume

You could also work with noted scientists and engineers to help plan, direct and coordinate applied research and advanced technology projects that are essential to the mission of America’s Navy.

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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, Reservists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in facilities stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.

Physiologists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance  
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay  
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

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To qualify for employment consideration as a Physiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States
  • Doctoral-degree level of training in physiology (preferred), but physiological aspects of other closely related disciplines (e.g., neuroscience, pharmacology) will be considered
  • Research emphasis in cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, environmental, exercise, work or hyperbaric physiology
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • One or two years of post-doctorate experience in physiology research  
  • Publication in referred physiological journals as senior author  
  • Strong professional recommendations
  • Professional versatility, with willingness and capability to redirect research goals every three to four years

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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