Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Neuroscience of Peak Performance
Airman Systems Directorate, RHB/Medical and Operational Biosciences Group
||Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
The aim of this research is to physiologically quantify optimal neurocognitive states related to peak performance. The project strives to identify hallmarks of cognitive state changes and key brain structures supportive of these state transitions. This physiological information will be collected through wearable neurophysiological devices such as EEG, MEG, Eye-tracking, Heart-rate monitoring etc, analyzed using sophisticated AI/ML techniques and leveraged using non-invasive brain stimulation methodologies such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), focused ultrasound (fUS), and vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) to activate and shape cognitive states during performance on military-relevant tasks. The goal of this research is to develop a methodology to selectively induce and sustain optimal cognitive states during key periods of time, which will improve Airmen performance, augment learning rates of new skills, and boost duty and life satisfaction.
Cognitive state; Optimal brain state; Neuromodulation, Closed-loop systems, Peak performance; Neural Decoding, Brain Computer Interface
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.