Research Physical Therapist

Updated: July 19, 2018
Job ID: 213695
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Richmond, VA, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Physical Therapist to support research activities in the Applied Movement Performance (AMP) Lab. The lab is housed within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation service at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran Affairs medical center (Richmond VAMC) located in Richmond, Virginia. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to AMP and Richmond VAMC.

The Richmond VAMC is one of the nation's largest medical centers in the Department of Veteran Affairs and serves Veterans from across the mid-Atlantic region. The AMP lab seeks to advance rehabilitation medicine by increasing our understanding of the abilities and barriers faced by individuals with physical disabilities. The lab conducts research exploring human movement mechanics and interventions that facilitate optimal functional performance in persons with lower extremity amputation or other polytraumatic injury.


  • Interviews potential subjects for research protocols, validates eligibility to participate, and evaluates commitment
  • Educates subjects about the research protocol, their roles in the protocols, and any other vital information. Serves as a resource for the subjects
  • Responsible for conducting laboratory biomechanical research with devices such as force platforms, high speed cameras, instrumented treadmills, metabolic analysis units, and electromyography.
  • Documentation of research activities, observations, data, and distribution of instrumentation/devices by using laboratory notebooks and appropriate electronic software.
  • Collect, interpret, and analyze biomechanical data and video, using data acquisition, signal processing, and statistical techniques.
  • Design, develop, and implement engineering and medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biomedical sciences.
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair or provide technical support for instrumentation, engineering and video equipment, and biomedical equipment.
  • Conduct training to educate the research team and other collaborating personnel on proper use of equipment.
  • Write documents such as test plans, protocols, policies, standards of use, maintenance and repair of medical, research, and engineering equipment.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance, calibration, and repair of equipment
  • Participate in the preparation of abstracts for professional conferences, manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals, and development of research proposals
  • Write letters and reports and update research protocols as needed
  • Completes other projects as assigned.

Job Specifications:

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  3 or more years of clinical practice, post-professional education in biomechanics, and experience with video capture (regular and high speed) and image/video processing and tracking is highly desirable.

Minimum Educational/Training Requirements: Doctor of Physical Therapy is required

Minimum Experience: 3+ years

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; interaction with patients

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Licensure as a Physical Therapist is required (current licensure in Virginia is preferred).

Work Environment: The work environment is that of a motion analysis laboratory and located in a teaching and research hospital. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to quiet. Work is also performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heat and air conditioning.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (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, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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