Research Physical Therapist

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Updated: July 25, 2019
Job ID: 214758
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Seattle, WA, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Physical Therapist to provide research support for the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) in the Center for Limb Loss and MoBility (CLiMB), located at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CRSR. 

A primary mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development (VA RR&D) Center for Limb Loss and MoBility (CliMB) is to improve the quality of life and functional status of Veterans and Service Members who are at risk for or who have undergone traumatic lower extremity injury, to include amputation. To accomplish this mission, our investigative team includes orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, engineers, psychologists, human motion biomechanists, foot/ankle biomechanists, epidemiologists, and prosthetists who work collaboratively to address research questions of importance to this population. Personnel from the CLiMB conduct research to improve patient care and provide education and training in leading-edge care and rehabilitation. This is a full-time position in direct support of research protocols to evaluate and improve quality of life in individuals who have sustained traumatic lower extremity injury.

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  1. Coordinate efforts with CLiMB study team and collaborators to identify factors that influence decision making processes after extremity trauma.
  2. Coordinate efforts with CLiMB study team to implement novel assessment and treatment protocols.
  3. Recruit, screen, evaluate, and enroll potential patient subjects for inclusion in IRB approved protocols. 
  4. Plan, monitor, and progress a patient subject through a treatment protocol.
  5. Coordinate activities with study team to include the completion of all research and clinical documentation in accordance with IRB and facility standards.
  6. Assist in collecting and analyzing biomechanical data, physical performance measures, and questionnaires.
  7. Assist in synthesizing study results and generating reports and knowledge products from research protocols.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Thorough knowledge of physical therapy techniques, materials and equipment to include evaluation and treatment interventions for individuals with extremity trauma. Computer skills to include proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power Point programs.  

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s degree of Physical Therapy (Master’s or Doctorate of Physical Therapy preferred); however candidates with the requisite experience and a Physical Therapist Assistant degree may also apply. 

Minimum Experience:  4 -6 years’ experience as a Physical Therapist with supervisory experience however, candidates with experience as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant and a strong desire to contribute to research may apply. 1 - 4 years of clinical research experience preferred. 

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

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  State licensure as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. Certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support, or obtain certification within one month of hiring.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Works under the supervision of the local HJF supervisor to achieve contracted objectives.  Technical and procedural problems and plans relating to accomplishment of assigned tasks are resolved independently or through consultation with the study Principal Investigator. 

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

Other: This is a temporary position funded through December 31, 2019. Additional funding may be available past this time but there is no guarantee of extension of this appointment.

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.