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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

The Physiological Response(s) to Intense Electrical Stimuli


711th Human Performance Wing, RHD/Bioeffects Group

opportunity location
13.15.10.B3743 Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234


name email phone
Bennett Luke Ibey 979.220.6558


The scientific mission for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Radio Frequency Radiation Branch (RHDR) is to understand the interactions between electromagnetic (EM) fields and biological material. In support of this mission, we are focusing on using advanced modeling techniques to predict energy deposition on biological targets to optimize and protect human performance. We specifically want to understand the impact of various frequencies in a complex environment on the homeostasis of a biological system, specifically the biomechanical response, thermal response, and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying a response during an exposure condition.

We seek a talented interdisciplinary scientist for the advancement of our computational approaches to EM propagation in biological systems. The successful candidate will work on mathematical and computational modeling of biological systems. Familiarity with numerical models, finite-difference time-domain models, or finite element methods would be a plus. The candidate should have a strong background in standard computer programming languages such as C++ and numerical scripting in Matlab. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own project on related topics.

Questions regarding the position may be directed at Dr. Bennett L. Ibey and Dr. Michael Jirjis. To apply, please send CV and brief description of research interests to Dr. Bennett Ibey (



Roth CC, et al: Nanosecond pulsed electric field thresholds for nanopore formation in neural cells. Journal of Biomedical Optics 18(3): 2013

Gianulis EC, et al: Electroporation of mammalian cells by nanosecond electric field oscillations and its inhibition by the electric field reversal. Scientific Reports 5(13818): 2015

Ibey BL, et al: Bipolar nanosecond electric pulses are less efficient at electropermeabilitation and killing cells than monopolar pulses. BBRC 443(2): 2014


key words
Central nervous system; Electrophysiology; Microwaves and microwave techniques; Physiological and behavioral effects of radiation; Action potential; System injury models;


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

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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