Occupational Therapist Research Associate

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Updated: July 31, 2019
Job ID: 214711
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation is seeking a Research Occupational Therapist (OT) to support the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to CRSR. 


  1. The Research OT shall be actively involved in the planning and execution of research protocols and grant applications related to novel techniques and technologies for rehabilitation of service members and other military healthcare beneficiaries who have experienced limb-loss, traumatic injuries, symptoms of posttraumatic stress, and/or other physical and psychological disorders. 
  2. Uses clinical judgement to modify the experimental treatment as required and as acceptable within the confines of the protocol. Consults with the PI and other members of the research team to ensure safety of treatment for all participants, and reports adverse events to the PI, Research Coordinator, and research regulatory bodies as appropriate. 
  3. Coordinates activities with nursing, social work and volunteer services.
  4. Treats and/or supervises the treatment of patients by a Research Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) as required by the research protocol and WRNMMC to maintain clinical credentials. 
  5. Assists in formulation of research treatment plans, ensures designated treatment plan, and maximizes results in promotion of healing and pain relief while ultimately improving the patient’s functional independence.  Provides instruction to patients and family members on use of physical modalities and/or adaptive equipment needs for home environment.  Reviews all home program therapeutic precautions and contraindications with the patient and family.  Provides instruction to patients in a variety of exercise programs, functional activity, and activities of daily living to optimize independent living skills as outlined by each research protocol.  In the clinic environment, exercises responsibility for the comfort and well-being of the patients.    
  6. Complies reports and submits purchase request for occupational therapy activities.
  7. The Research OT shall work with the PI, PM, Research Coordinator, and other members of the research team to evaluate and interpret results of research data collection. The Research OT shall use their clinical knowledge to assist in dissemination of these findings through presentations at scientific meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals. 
  8. Provides clinical expertise/information to the study team, including the PIs, Program Manager, Research Coordinators and Research Assistants, as needed.
  9. Participates in all regulatory requirements for the conduct of research at WRNMMC, including assisting the team with protocol submissions and modifications on eIRB and helping prepare for audits.
  10. Lectures and demonstrates to visiting professions and students and participates in in-service education.
  11. Attends meetings, aids with necessary public relations and keeps abreast of new occupational therapy techniques.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of occupational therapy materials and equipment and their economic and beneficial use. Basic knowledge of and experience with the design and execution of clinic research. 

Minimum Education:  Master's degree in occupational therapy.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements:  2 to 4 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist with supervisory experience.

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; bending; may involve lifting of patients.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Registration as an Occupational Therapist with the American Occupational Therapy Association. Possess and maintain a current unrestricted license to practice as an Occupational Therapist in Maryland. Have and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the American Red Cross. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Provides direct supervision of research COTA.

Work Environment:  Clinical environment.

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.