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  • Research Assistant- Walter Reed NMMC (Bethesda, MD)

    Research Assistant (Job ID #211184)

    The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a Research Assistant (RA) to support research activities within the Department of Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) located in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to the Department of Rehabilitation.

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is the Flagship of the Military Health System with the mission of ensuring patient-friendly access to high quality health care for all we are privileged to serve, while setting the standard in Readiness, Education and Research. As the world’s largest military medical center - located on more than 243 acres, with more than 2.4 million square feet of clinical space, providing care and services to over 1 million beneficiaries per year - WRNMMC is comprised of nearly 8,500 dedicated staff members who make it their daily mission to move toward a new horizon in health care – one that offers synergy and revolutionary collaboration.

    Within the Department of Rehabilitation at WRNMMC, the Biomechanics and Virtual Reality Laboratories primarily focus on aspects of rehabilitation after extremity trauma or amputation. In particular, we use optical motion capture and force platforms to measure kinematic and kinetic data during human movement; integrated measurements of muscle (EMG) and/or brain (EEG) activity can supplement such evaluations. Additionally, the CAREN system – composed of a 6 degree-of-freedom motion platform, instrumented treadmill, and a 180-degree curved screen – allows patients to interact with virtual environments, for the purposes of evaluating and/or training gait, posture, and other aspects of human movement.

    Access to these state-of-the-art technologies, coincident to our location within a clinical facility, allows us to support investigations that span both basic science and with more direct clinical applications. Recently, our work aims to better understand longer-term musculoskeletal complications following limb loss (e.g., low back pain and osteoarthritis), conditions that are reported at rates much higher than the general population, and likely influenced by various biomechanical mechanisms related to altered gait and movement characteristic of this population. These secondary complications are especially concerning for service members with limb loss, as they typically undergo amputation at a young age and therefore will live with a pronounced and progressively increasing risk for many years.


    • Interviews potential subjects for research protocols, validates eligibility to participate, and evaluates commitment
    • Educates subjects about the research protocol, their roles in the protocols, and any other vital information. Serves as a resource for the subjects
    • Schedules subject appointments according to research protocol requirements, ensures subjects meet appointments in timely manner
    • Collects data appropriate to the research protocols, processes and analyzes data resulting from the tests performed on the subjects
    • Prepares and maintains manual and computerized data in according to prescribed standards
    • Under direction of project heads, prepares documents that report statistical analyses and descriptive data from study
    • Participate in the preparation of abstracts for professional conferences, manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals, and development of research proposals
    • Write letters and reports and update research protocols as needed
    • Performs other duties as assigned

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Excellent interpersonal skills with subjects and clinical staff; excellent computer skills; ability to learn new computer software applications; and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form are required. Experience with motion capture techniques and software are desired.

    Minimum Education/Training Requirements: BS from an accredited institution in biomechanics or a related field

    Minimum Experience: 0-2 years’ experience with research protocols is preferred

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

    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.

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    The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

    Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Vice President of Human Resources.
    Last edited by Brad Hendershot; February 24, 2016, 10:31 AM.