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This opportunity takes place at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) in Panama City, Florida. NEDU’s mission is to conduct manned, unmanned, and biomedical research; develop, test, and evaluate diving, hyperbaric, life support, and submersible systems and procedures; and ensure all diving equipment and procedures meet the safety standards and operational requirements to expand the U.S. Navy’s advantage during any undersea military operation. NEDU is equipped with the United State’s largest research hyperbaric chamber complex for wet and dry hyperbaric/diving operations, a 55,000 gallon test pool, and state-of-the-art physiological research facilities. For further information, please visit

Project collaborations will be in the Biomedical Research Department, providing technical expertise in the planning and execution of research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) related to physiology, mathematical modeling of physiological data, and computer programming. The program efficiently minimizes the incidence and severity of decompression sickness in U.S. Navy undersea diving and submarine operations. Specific emphasis is placed on synthesis of scientific data into guidance for undersea operations. This research contributes to or affects mission effectiveness and operational capabilities and safety of U.S. Navy diving and submarine operations.

What will I be doing?

You will receive mentoring by NEDU’s Decompression Research Group who collectively have 80 years experience developing and testing new procedures for conducting undersea operations. Two projects have been identified which will be conducted during FY21 and provide opportunities to participate in both unmanned and manned research. The two projects are test and evaluation of prospective real-time decompression computers for acquisition by the U.S. Navy and the development of procedures to conduct surface decompression following constant 1.3 PO2 in HeO2 diving. In addition, you will have opportunities to conduct test protocol development, data collection, statistical analysis, decompression procedure development, and report writing will be provided. The initial appointment will be for one year of training, but may be renewed for up to three more years.

Why should I apply?

This internship provides the opportunity to independently utilize your skills and engage with experts in innovative ideas to move the proposed research forward. There are multiple opportunities available to engage in your applied research and evaluation interests.

What is the anticipated start date?

NEDU is ready to make an appointment immediately. Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate.

What is the length of the appointment?

This ORISE appointment is full-time 12-month duration. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by NEDU. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


Research activities at NEDU will expose you to all aspects of the research process, from experimental design to collection and analysis of data, and publication of reports. You should meet the following requirements:

  • Ph.D. Engineer or scientist with a background in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, or respiratory or systems physiology.
  • Experience reviewing and synthesizing scientific information including journal articles, technical reports, research proposals, experimental protocols, and raw and compiled data files.
  • (Highly Desired, but not required) Experience conducting human subject research.
  • (Highly Desired, but not required) Experience and knowledge in diving and/or hyperbarics.  
  • (Highly Desired, but not required) Experience with C# .Net programming language.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing