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  • Research Assistant at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

    JOB SUMMARY: A Research Assistant (RA) 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 RA 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.

    A specific focus for this position involves collection and processing of Electroencephalography, or EEG data. The ideal candidate would have research experience in EEG recording and data processing. Knowledge of Matlab and/or other computational software preferred.

    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 RA 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. Interviews patients for research protocols, validates eligibility to participate, and evaluates patient commitment.

    2. Educates patients about the research protocol, their roles in the protocols, and any other vital information. Serves as a resource for the patients.

    3. Schedules patient appointments according to research protocol requirements, ensures patients meet appointments in timely manner.

    4. Collects data appropriate to the research protocols, processes and analyzes data resulting from the tests performed on the patients. Recording, processing, and interpretation of EEG.

    5. Prepares and maintains manual and computerized data in patient study books according to prescribed standards.

    6. Under direction of project heads, prepares documents that report statistical analyses and descriptive data from patient's study.

    7. Participate in the preparation of abstracts for professional conferences, manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals, and development of research proposals.

    8. Write letters and reports and update research protocols as needed.

    9. Performs other duties as assigned

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of clinical investigational procedures; excellent interpersonal skills with patients and clinical staff; excellent computer skills; ability to learn new computer software applications; and ability communicate effectively verbally and in written form. Experience with Motion Capture techniques and software are preferred.
    Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelors from an accredited institution with a focus in neuroscience, neuroscience, biological engineering, or scientific computing, or a related field. Masters is preferred. Pay for this position is commensurate with experience.
    Minimum Experience: Experience with research protocols including EEG collection and analysis is preferred

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

    Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: N/A

    Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: N/A

    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.

    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 motion capture system, calorimetry system, electromyography system, electroencephalography system, and digital fluoroscopy unit. The CPCR also houses a 1000 square foot Virtual Reality Laboratory with a Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN).

    Please apply on-line at Click “Advanced Search” and enter job number (209157) in the Job Opening ID box. OR fax your resume to 240-694-3151. Please specify title and job number on fax.

    HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

    HJF is a nonprofit medical research organization that provides support services to the military medical community and offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

    HJF administers innovative medical research, supports education and training, and facilitates collaborations between the military and private medical communities. We provide comprehensive management and scientific services for more than 1,000 basic, clinical and applied research projects conducted around the globe. We also support continuing medical education programs for more than 160 military medical research and treatment facilities, and military medical organizations.