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04-30-2010, 06:54 AM
Applications are now being solicited from highly motivated individuals
for immediately available, a Research Assistant position in the Military
Performance Laboratory (MPL), at the Center for the Interpid (CFI), Fort
Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

The facility was developed to provide state-of-the-art care for injured
service members, as they work to return to the highest levels of
physical, psychological, and emotional function. The center provides
injured Service members with the best technology available to precisely
assess and maximize physical performance. Personnel from the center
provide clinical gait analysis services, conduct research to improve
patient management, and provide education and training in leading-edge
care and rehabilitation of the amputee patient.

The available position is Full Time in direct support of research
protocols. The associated project will examine psychometric properties
of advanced techniques for the identification of concussion associated
motor impairments and determine the feasibility of a virtual reality
based treatment for use with individuals with concussion associated
motor performance impairments. The incumbent will ensure timely
completion of the research protocol and assist with activities related
to data collection, processing and management within the lab. For more
information regarding the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) please view:

The incumbent will serve as a contract employee working for The
McConnell Group, Inc. www.themccgroup.com
, a leading provider of clinical
research support services to the Department of Defense. Our growth over
the last twelve years with the Department of Homeland Security, the
Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human
Services, and our academic and commercial clients has created our
footprint in the industry, overseeing medical and healthcare programs
and providing subject matter experts to clinical research programs in
support of biomedical, biodefense and other allied health programs.

The Military Performance Laboratory (MPL) is a 5,300 sq foot state of
the art facility. Testing will take place in the Computer Assisted
Rehabilitation ENvironment (CAREN) system within the MPL. The
one-of-a-kind CAREN system includes an instrumented treadmill mounted
within a 4m-diameter platform capable of motion with six
degrees-of-freedom. A 7m-diameter dome allows a viewing area of
300-degrees, providing an immersive environment. A 24-camera motion
capture system (Vicon Peak, Oxford, UK) within the dome is used to track
three-dimensional kinematics of subjects as they ambulate.

Essential Duties (90%)

-Conduct kinematic and kinetic data collection and processing.

-Maintain files on research subjects, maintain equipment and computer

-Assist with explaining protocols and obtaining signed consent, assist
the supervisor in preparing annual progress reports, and manuscripts on
the results of research studies.

-Provide administrative support.

Other Duties (10%)

-Maintain sufficient supplies for function of the lab, assist with
interpretation of data, and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge/Skills

-Candidate must have a Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution,
Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support and working knowledge of

-Familiarity with the function of gait laboratories and research
protocols is desirable.

-Knowledge of procedures and techniques necessary for performing
research tasks is favorable.

-Candidates must possess interpersonal skills to work effectively with
patients and staff, be comfortable working with computer software,
including: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and have a willingness
to learn and trouble shoot computer related issues.

-Knowledge of MATLAB, EVART, NEXUS and/or Visual3D is highly desirable.

-Candidates MUST have U.S. citizenship or the ability to obtain
citizenship, and be able to pass a government background investigation

Compensation / Benefits: TMG offers comp. pay and benefits pkg.
including health ins. and/or pension plan; paid holidays, vacation, and
PTO; EAP; 401(k) and College Savings Plan.

Interested candidates should contact Deborah S. Edwards, SPHR Ph:
210-673-9662 x202 fax: 210-673-2600