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As an Officer in the Medical Service Corps, you may work at a research facility, including:

  • Biomedical Research Laboratories investigating cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal and neurophysiological challenges that Sailors and Marines face
  • Climatic Chambers and Diving Facilities for controlled, operationally relevant studies
  • At sea and in the field for data collection sites driving ‘Science to Solutions’

You could also work with noted scientists and engineers to help plan, coordinate and direct funding for science and technology products essential to the mission of America’s Navy, relevant the Joint Force and supportive of the National Defense Strategy.

There are no part-time jobs available for this career track.

Work Environment

Navy Health Care Scientists may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and Joint medical facilities around the globe, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, DC, to Washington state.

As a Research Physiologist you typically work stateside at one of the highly acclaimed research laboratories such as Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA, or Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD. Opportunities for operational medicine tours can include providing medical support to deployed troops aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

There are no part-time jobs available for this career track.

Training & Advancement

Upon graduation from graduate school, those pursuing a Navy Physiologist position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. ODS is a 5-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. As a Research Physiologist, you may develop leadership and expertise for positions involving policy development, research management and oversight, as well as program evaluation. You may also take advantage of opportunities for medical department leadership positions, including command of Navy Medical Research Centers and Development Laboratories.

There are no part-time jobs available for this career track.

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs.

Through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program(HPLRP), you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to pay down the cost of your graduate education.

There are no part-time jobs available for this career track.

Qualifications & Requirements

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

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Doctoral degree in physiology with a strong background in research. Consideration will be given to those with doctoral degrees in related biomedical fields, such as pharmacology, neuroscience and molecular biology.
  • 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.

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.

There are no part-time jobs available for this career track.