Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Investigation of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Effects
Airman Systems Directorate, RHD/Bioeffects Group
||Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
The mission of the AFRL's Radio Frequency Research Branch (RHDR) is to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underlying the interaction of directed energy with biological systems. One of the goals is to exploit radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF, frequencies in MHz to THz range) to modulate neuronal circuits. We assess the RF-EMF frequencies and intensities that positively or negatively modulate the neuronal network. Specifically, we seek to provide a scientific basis to answer the following questions: (1) What are the exact biophysical and biochemical mechanisms that govern RF-EMF interaction with neuronal systems? (2) Can these mechanisms be exploited for selective stimulation of neuronal activity and communication? 3) Can these mechanisms be exploited to provide cellular resilience through stimulation of adaptive responses (hormesis phenomenon)? Our current work investigates the effect of RF on neuronal cells and brain slices. We examine changes in neuronal cell processes and cell morphology, gene expression, epigenetic patterns, and intrinsic and evoked synaptic transmission.
Our team has widespread expertise in several research areas, including biophysics, molecular and cellular biology, computer science, genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics, as well as physics, optics and biomedical engineering. Our team also collaborates with other government entities, and with academia and industry.
Electromagnetic Field; Radiofrequency; Dosimetry; Biophysical effects; Neurons; Cell culture; Microtubules; Microscopy; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Electrophysiology
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.