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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Neuroscience of Peak Performance

Location

Airman Systems Directorate, RHB/Medical and Operational Biosciences Group

RO# Location
13.15.15.C0641 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

Advisers

name email phone
Sharma, Gaurav gaurav.sharma@us.af.mil 937-255-8222

Description

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.

Keywords:
Cognitive state; Optimal brain state; Neuromodulation, Closed-loop systems, Peak performance; Neural Decoding, Brain Computer Interface

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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