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Clinical Research Position - Physical therapist for msk shoulder pain, USC

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  • Clinical Research Position - Physical therapist for msk shoulder pain, USC

    Seeking physical therapists interested in research opportunities. No PhD? No problem!

    Research Associate; Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California

    The COOR (Clinical biomechanics, Orthopedic and sports Outcomes Research) Laboratory ( is seeking a physical therapist interested in research experience for a part time or full time position.

    Description: The COOR Laboratory in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California seeks a research associate with interests in shoulder and clinical outcomes research. We are seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to join the lab for a funded project focused on characterizing the mechanisms and effects of exercise and manual therapy to include spinal manipulation for patients with rotator cuff disease. Specifically, we are looking to examine the muscle coordination and brain processes (via fMRI), and the relationship to patient outcomes.

    The research associate will be responsible for supporting research projects in the COOR lab including supporting the funded spinal manipulation project described above. Part time support of other COOR lab projects may be negotiated. The research associate will be responsible for being the intervention therapist for spinal manual therapy, data collection of laboratory and clinical measures, assist in patient recruitment/ participant efforts, communication with clinicians and other members of the research team, data entry and analysis, and coordination of activities for the project. In addition, the research associate will assist in writing research manuscripts and grants, and participate in other research activities as assigned.

    Dates: The position is open until filled. This is a - year appointment, with the initial appointment for 1 year and renewed based on performance. Review of applications will begin immediately.

    • Clinical training as a healthcare provider (DPT or equivalent) is required
    • Hours are flexible with a minimum of 20 hrs per week (applicant must be geographically based in the LA area)
    • Previous experience in research and evidence of publication record highly desired
    • Excellent written and oral English language communication skills
    • Ability to work independently, highly organized, attention to detail, and ability to work with others to develop and maintain a productive work environment
    • Experience working with human subjects and/ or patients

    If interested, please email a letter of interest, current CV, and names of 3 references (names and contact information to include email) to:

    Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC
    Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research and COOR Laboratory
    Professor, Clinical Physical Therapy
    Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    University of Southern California
    1540 E. Alcazar Street, CHP 155 | Los Angeles, CA 90089
    Tel: 323-442-0247 | Fax: 323.442.1515