Exercise Physiologist

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Updated: March 1, 2018
Job ID: 213648
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking an Exercise Physiologist located at the NIH Clinical Center, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, in Bethesda, Maryland. Incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. Diane Damiano, Biomechanics Division.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the CNRM.


  1. Implement cardiorespiratory exercise training for patients referred from other NIH investigator.
  2. Monitor treadmill and over ground walking for all patients.
  3. Lead patients through safe strength training exercises, when applicable.
  4. Prepare and deliver education material for patients.
  5. Monitor physiologic response to exercise using appropriate monitoring.
  6. Communicate effectively with patients’ primary team concerning patient progress and/or physiologic developments.
  7. Assist students, staff, and investigators with protocols.
  8. Assist investigators with design and implementation of new protocols in areas of interest.
  9. Prepare meaningful tables and graphs using appropriate software as needed.
  10. Document training, consultation, and technical services (other than the PH protocol) provided.
  11. Performs other clinical duties as necessary.
  12. Collaborate on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other exercise rehabilitation and testing projects.
  13. Conceptualize and Contribute to protocol development.
  14. Contribute to research design modifications as needed.
  15. Design and obtain approval for protocol-related sub studies.
  16. Conduct clinical exercise tests.
  17. Detailed understanding of technological principles underlying all equipment in the exercise testing laboratory.
  18. Operate all exercise testing equipment during research tests.
  19. Prepare subjects for exercise tests including explanation of the procedures, placement of electrodes and data collection interfaces, calibration of equipment.
  20. Detailed understand all exercise test contraindications, safety procedures, risk factor recommendations, and stopping points for tests performed in the exercise laboratory as identified by ACSM guidelines.
  21. Safely and effectively carry out maximum and submaximal exercise tests with subjects according to approved protocol.
  22. Monitor post-exercise test recovery for safety and data collection.
  23. Record all necessary data from exercise tests.
  24. Transfer data records from stores on data collection devices to appropriate databases and spreadsheets according to protocol operating procedures.
  25. Detailed understanding of on-site field tests and questionnaires.
  26. Understand validity, applications, and usefulness of all questionnaires and field tests used in the specific protocols and patient populations.
  27. Six-minute and other timed walk tests.
  28. Ensure adherence to exercise training protocol.
  29. Monitor patient safety during exercise training sessions.
  30. Record training session data.
  31. Transfer training session data to databases according to approved protocols.
  32. Report adverse events immediately through the appropriate channels.
  33. Maintain regular and frequent contact with off-site facilities to ensure the above.
  34. Ensure immediate reporting of adverse events to the PI.
  35. Maintain database appropriately.
  36. Provides all information necessary for analyses.
  37. Discuss procedures and variables of interest with statisticians as needed.
  38. Interpret results in conjunction with collaborators.
  39. Perform and interpret statistical analyses.
  40. Contribute to research related publications, reports, and/or presentations.
  41. Prepare progress reports, graphics, posters, and other research related materials.
  42. Substantively contributes to scientific publications.
  43. Conduct and/or co-author presentations for: Professional meetings, NIH and other government agencies, academic venues or other scientists.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to motivationally coach participants to create their own path to healthy exercise habits and improved lifestyle changes.
  • Ability to educate patients regarding the relationship and connectivity between exercise, sleep, healthy eating and stress management and explain how each will improve with exercise.
  • Competent to handle acute care clinical situations.
  • Possess an academic degree in exercise physiology
  • Have a minimum of three years of documented recent clinical experience relevant to exercise physiology and rehabilitation
  • Have a minimum of one year of documented recent experience in research
  • Possess current malpractice insurance
  • Possess current BLS and ACLS certification.
  • Have no record of previous felony conviction.
  • Experience with advanced lung disease, traumatic brain injury and other patient populations is preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master's degree required. Basic life support trained.

Minimum Experience: 2 years cardiac rehabilitation experience, have an understanding of cardiovascular health and fitness and be able to detect abnormal physiology.

Required Licenses, Registrations and Certifications: Certified as ACSM exercise specialist CCES).

Work Environment: The work shall be performed on-site at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD.  The Clinical Center is a 24 hour, 7 days per week, 365 days per year hospital and as such, the tour of duty may vary from week to week. Some work, such as recruitment, may be conducted in an off-site hospital or other institution.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.