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  • Re: Biomechanics Research opportunity for Physical Therapists inSan Diego, CA

    Please note: This position is being reposted due to a change in the
    licensing requirements under the Eligibility Requirements.

    Applications are now being solicited for biomechanics opportunities from
    highly motivated Research Physical Therapists to provide support to
    develop an effective protocol to perturbate persons on the CAREN virtual
    reality system. This will be used to evaluate recovery from potential
    falls in military amputees at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)
    and the Naval Health Research Center.

    The available positions are Full Time in direct support of research
    protocols. Patients with amputations are prone to taking falls that can
    cause further injury and fractures. This research project is to develop
    a rehabilitation protocol to train patients with amputations to prevent
    falls and recover from stumbles so that they do actually fall to the
    ground. This ability will be tested by using a protocol that causes a
    perturbation (disturbance of a treadmill large enough to induce a fall
    or stumble) to cause a controlled fall while the recovery process is
    measures. The recovery process will be measured before and after the
    rehabilitation program. For more information regarding the NHRC please

    The incumbents will serve as contract employees working for The
    McConnell Group, Inc.
    , 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 Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) Warfighter Performance
    Department researches, develops, evaluates and implements training and
    rehabilitation regimens that enhance the rehabilitation of wounded
    service members so that they can effectively return to duty or lead
    active lifestyles upon discharge. In collaboration with the Naval
    Medical Center San Diego (MCSD) Physical Therapy Departments'
    rehabilitation and gait laboratory capability, NHRC and NMCSD create the
    military's West Coast rehabilitation center for service members
    recovering from traumatic amputation.

    Essential Duties

    -Evaluate and implement treatment regimens and create clinical databases
    that enhance clinical outcomes for military amputees

    -Provide support to develop an effective protocol to perturbate persons
    on the CAREN virtual reality system

    -Conduct data acquisition, biomechanical data reduction and analysis

    -Apply novel perturbation techniques in amputee rehabilitation in a safe
    controlled environment

    -Prepare / submit progress reports and data deliverables

    Required Knowledge / Skills

    -Familiarity with the function of gait laboratories and research

    -Knowledge of procedures and techniques necessary for performing
    research tasks

    -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

    Eligibility Requirements

    -Must have current PT licensure and maintain this license through the
    term of the contract;

    -Graduate of an accredited physical therapy program;

    - Preferred three-five years' experience with some experience in

    - Research experience preferred; and

    - Motion analysis experience preferred.

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

    Please send your cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume, including
    a statement of motivation in MSWord format to:

    Deborah S. Edwards, SPHR

    Manager, Human Resources

    The McConnell Group, Inc.

    4502 Centerview Dr., Ste. 225

    San Antonio, TX 78228

    Phone: 210-673-9662 x202

    Fax: 210-673-2600