11-17-2008, 02:43 AM
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The Functional & Applied Biomechanics Section within the Rehabilitation
Medicine Department in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical
Center is seeking a Research Physical Therapist with a MS or DPT degree
who is interested in participating in clinical research relating to the
assessment and quantification of human movement in those with physical
disabilities primarily of neurological etiology. The person chosen for
this position would work with the entire section team to perform
state-of-the-science 3-D biomechanical analysis of movement and other
types of functional motor assessments including isokinetic and isometric
strength testing, balance assessments, and the use of computerized
outcome tools. To be considered for this position, the applicant must
have worked previously as physical therapist or research assistant in a
3-D motion laboratory and have a strong background/ interest in the
biomechanics of gait and other functional movements and how these can
affected by different pathologies.

Since research is the primary focus of the section, participation in the
research enterprise is the primary role of the person who is selected.
The level to which they participate in research depends on the level of
interest, experience and personal initiative of that individual. This
individual would function as an integral part of the research team that
primarily consists of Masters and PhD level engineers, along with the
Section Chief who is a PhD physical therapist. The range of projects
that the Research Physical Therapist may participate in includes but is
not restricted to: the evaluation of gait and higher level motor
coordination in persons brain injury, quantification of the functional,
physiological and neural effects of activity-dependent exercise programs
in those with cerebral palsy and other forms of brain injury, or
exploration in the use muscle ultrasound and other innovative imaging
techniques to provide insights into muscle and tendon structure and
muscle contractility in healthy populations and those with motor
disabilities. This person will also have the opportunity to participate
in the many educational activities available within the department, the
clinical center, and the entire NIH campus. The ideal candidate is a
highly motivated individual who has a strong interest in human movement
analysis, a high level of scientific curiosity and commitment to
evidence-based practice, and a desire to contribute to the scientific
base underlying physical therapy practice and physical rehabilitation in

This position is available immediately and interested persons should
apply directly to www.USAjobs.gov between
now and Friday November 21, 2008 and should also email Dr. Diane
Damiano, the Section Chief, at damianod@cc.nih.gov to express interest
or to discuss the position further.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers