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  • PhD Researcher - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda MD

    JOB SUMMARY: A post doctorate researcher is needed to support the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) located at the Center for Performance and Clinical Research (CPCR) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). The Research Biomechanist works as part of a team to conduct gait analyses used for answering specific rehabilitation questions and conducts research to advance clinical rehabilitation sciences associated with injured military Service members.

    The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support to WRNMMC to accomplish the research mission of the CRSR. The Research Biomechanist will be responsible for existing and future protocols within specific focus areas of the CRSR; Research Focus 3: Application of New Technologies to Advance Rehabilitation and Performance Measures; and Research Focus 4: Transfer of New Technology Interventions to Improve Functionality.


    1. Contributes to CRSR project management and staff supervision in coordination with the Director, CPCR

    2. Responsible for monitoring and completing existing research projects within the CRSR

    3. Initiates, designs, and implements new research that coincides with the Research Focus Areas 3 and 4 within the CRSR

    4. Provides consultation and support in grant development and submission

    5. Collects, processes, and analyzes data appropriate to research protocols

    6. Prepares research results for statistical analysis and actively participates in the critical assessment of the results for dissemination in professional publications

    7. Prepares manuscripts for publication in professional peer reviewed journals and attends scientific meetings

    8. Performs other duties as assigned

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Working knowledge of biomechanics, specifically the collection and analysis of human gait, and development of research protocols is required. An understanding of metabolic efficiency, virtual reality, and prosthetics and orthotics is highly desirable. A track record of publication and excellent technical writing skills are preferred Must be able to work comfortably with computer software; including MATLAB, Microsoft Office, and Motion capture and Biomechanical modeling software. Knowledge of the procedure and techniques necessary for performing research tasks is required.

    Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. from an accredited institution and have expertise in biomechanics.

    Minimum Experience: 2 to 4 years experience performing clinical research

    Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing and sitting; interaction with patients

    Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: N/A

    Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Supervises HJF research associates in collaboration with the Director, CPCR

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

    Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.

    The newly formed Walter Reed National Military Medical Center brings together the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. Our Mission is to lead military medicine through outstanding patient-centered care, innovation, and excellence in education and research. The Center for Performance and Clinical Research (CPCR) is comprised of a 2000 square foot Biomechanics Lab with a 27 camera motion capture system, 6 force platforms, and a split-belt instrumented treadmill. The CPCR also has metabolic, electromyography, and digital fluoroscopy capabilities. The CPCR also houses a 1000 square foot Virtual Reality Laboratory with a Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN).

    To apply, please follow this link

    Questions and resumes may also be addressed to:
    Nicole Mazella, Recruiter, Human Resources Department
    Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine