Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: April 30, 2019
Job ID: 214575
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a highly-motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to support research activities within the Extremity Trauma & Amputation Center of Excellence team located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to the EACE. 

The Extremity Trauma & Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is a one-of-a-kind organization within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs consisting of teams of researchers embedded at the point of care within multiple Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) across the nation. In line with the congressionally directed mission of the EACE, the research efforts undertaken focus on the mitigation, treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic extremity injuries and amputations with a specific focus on translating their findings into clinical practice to improve the care of Servicemembers and Veterans.

This Post-Doctoral Researcher position is located with the EACE-Bethesda team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), the nation’s largest and most renowned military medical center. This world class institution offers a full suite of infrastructure and facilities which are ideally suited for a wide variety of research activities (i.e., bench to bedside). Importantly, the EACE-Bethesda multidisciplinary team is comprised of basic and translational scientists of varying educational background, and clinicians from across the medical spectrum, which when taken together, provides a privileged perspective of the injury conditions that challenge wounded Servicemembers. Within the Department of Rehabilitation at WRNMMC, the Biomechanics and Virtual Reality Laboratories primarily focus on aspects of rehabilitation after extremity trauma or amputation. In particular, optical motion capture and force platforms to measure kinematic and kinetic data are used during human movement; integrated measurements of muscle (EMG) and/or brain (EEG) activity can supplement such evaluations. Additionally, the CAREN system – composed of a 6 degree-of-freedom motion platform, instrumented treadmill, and a 180-degree curved screen – allows patients to interact with virtual environments, for the purposes of evaluating and/or training gait, posture, and other aspects of human movement.

Note: US Citizenship and a personnel security background investigation are required.


  1. Collects data appropriate to existing research protocol(s)
  2. Processes, analyzes, and interprets collected data
  3. Performs descriptive and inferential statistical analyses
  4. Prepares abstracts for professional conferences and/or manuscripts for publication in peer- reviewed scientific journals
  5. Participates in the design and submission of research proposals/grants
  6. Performs other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Experience with human subject’s data collection and research methods is required. Specific research background in the areas of extremity trauma/limb loss and musculoskeletal disorders is highly desired. A track record of publication and excellent technical writing skills are preferred. Proficiency with motion capture, EMG, biomechanical modeling, statistical analyses, and computer programming (e.g., MATLAB) are also preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD from an accredited institution in engineering, kinesiology, rehabilitation science, biomechanics, or a related field

Minimum Experience: 2-4 years of experience performing clinical research

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

Work Environment: The work environment is that of a motion analysis laboratory and virtual reality system 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.

Background: US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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 Chief Human Resources Officer.