Research Physical Therapist II

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Updated: November 5, 2019
Job ID: 214923
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Physical Therapist II to support research activities within the Department of Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). She/he will play an integral role in the conduct of studies to evaluate and improve physical performance in individuals with lower limb amputation and limb salvage using different techniques, such as: computerized motion analysis, gait training interventions, and physical performance measures.


  1. Coordinate efforts with a multidisciplinary team to implement novel assessment and treatment protocols.
  2. Recruit, screen, evaluate, and enroll potential participants for inclusion in IRB-approved protocols.
  3. Plan, monitor, and progress participants through treatment protocols to include physical therapy interventions and prosthetic gait training.
  4. Modify treatment as required and consult with investigators regarding study planning.
  5. Coordinate activities with the team to include the completion of all research and clinical documentation in accordance with JCAHO, IRB, and facility standards.
  6. Assist in patient preparation for motion analysis, as well as collect and analyze biomechanical data, physical performance measures, and patient reported outcomes.
  7. Manage multiple projects, studies, and clinical visits simultaneously.
  8. Keep up-to-date on new physical therapy techniques and implementation. 
  9. Summarize and distribute study results through conference and manuscript submissions.
  10. Produce written evaluations and have the ability to verbally communicate findings and recommendations for physicians and other allied health professionals.
  11. Maintain credentials at WRNMMC
  12. Lecture on topics related to research in the field of limb loss and limb salvage at conferences and symposiums.  
  13. Provide clinical knowledge to support the management of IRB-related documents and procedures.
  14. Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  1. Thorough knowledge of physical therapy techniques, materials, and equipment for evaluation and treatment interventions for individuals with amputation and other musculoskeletal or neurological disorders.
  2. A moderately complex foundation of knowledge in neurophysiology, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, musculoskeletal assessment, and interpretations.
  3. Skills in prosthetic gait training and experience in gait analysis highly desired.
  4. Familiarity with functional outcomes preferred.
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft office suite of software.
  6. Must be a problem-solver and have excellent critical thinking ability.
  7. Must be adaptable to unexpected changes and possess strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal, and technical writing skills.
  8. Self-starter with willingness to make decisions independently and solve problems creatively within job scope.
  9. Ability to manage and complete multiple projects simultaneously.
  10. Ability to handle confidential/sensitive information and exercise good professional judgment.
  11. Will be aware of existing and potential hazards in handling equipment and instruments, and exercises appropriate precaution in minimizing any hazards.
  12. Will adhere to safe laboratory practices for working in bio-safety environments.
  13. This position may require physical exertion, such as prolonged standing and/or sitting, regular bending, walking, squatting, climbing stairs or ramps, to observe, collect or record data in the lab or various clinics. All these activities are expected be performed in a safe and controlled manner.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master of Physical Therapy or Doctor of Physical Therapy

Minimum Experience: A minimum of 1 year of experience as a licensed Physical Therapist. Research Experience preferred.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration

  • State licensure in Physical Therapy and must be able to obtain and maintain clinical credentials.
  • Certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support, or obtain certification prior to hiring.

Background Check Requirement  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.