Limited Term Researcher (Research Associate) - BADER Consortium
University of Delaware - San Diego, CA

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Limited Term Researcher/Research Associate – Naval Medical Center San Diego

The incumbent is employed by the University of Delaware, but is located at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

This is a grant funded position and continuation of the position is contingent upon continued funding. Notice of non-renewal is not required.

CONTEXT OF THE JOB:

The BADER Consortium is a $19.7 million Department of Defense cooperative agreement awarded to the University of Delaware in October, 2011. The overarching goal of the BADER Consortium is to assist each MTF in the strengthening of evidence-based orthopaedic rehabilitation care that results in optimal functional outcomes of combat and combat-related musculoskeletal injuries. We are committed to partnering with four DOD Medical Treatment Facilities to support a multi-center clinical rehabilitation research intensive culture and to provide resources to enhance that culture by the inclusion of additional clinical study sites. The BADER Consortium is a collaboration of core civilian trauma centers, four Military Treatment Facilities, and 14 affiliates throughout the United States, unified to identify and address critical issues challenging the recovery of combat and civilian trauma patients.

Serves as Limited Term Researcher in support of the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) – a Department of Defense Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) located in San Diego California. The aim of the NMCSD program is to provide state-of-the-art care for wounded service members as they return to the highest levels of physical, psychological and emotional function. The Medical Treatment Facility provides injured military members with the best technology available to precisely analyze and interpret movement dysfunctions. Personnel from the MTFs provide clinical gait analysis services, conduct research to improve patient management, and provide education and training in leading-edge care and rehabilitation.

This is a full-time position in direct support of research protocols involving assessment, rehabilitation and training of individual who have experienced an amputation or severe limb trauma resulting in a limb salvage procedure. The incumbent will assist with physical examination, interpretations of data, and written reports related to instrumented motion analysis and metabolic testing within the MTF under direction of the Principal Investigator. The work involves a considerable amount of variety and complexity of data, information, resources, regulations, sources and technical requirements. There are a variety of actions that may be required and taken depending upon the type of data collection being performed. Data entry and manipulation may be complex and may require deduction of relationships between many differing factors and independent initiative in pursuing those many differing factors and relationships. A variety of oral and written guidelines and instructions are used in carrying out the duties of this position. Incumbent is trained to independently interpret procedures and guidelines and adapt to a variety of assigned tasks where guidelines are not specific or are nonexistent. Independent judgment is required in determining specific procedures to be followed, sources to be used and technical compliance with standards and requirements. The function of this position is to provide essential support to clinical and research studies conducted in the MTFs. The accurate collection, analysis and reporting of motion analysis or other physical performance assessment results is imperative to successful completion of research projects.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provides essential support to researchers and clinicians in the MTF biomechanic and orthopaedic research labs.
  • Performs and interprets physical assessments tailored to the patients with amputation and limb salvage.
  • Assist with motion analysis data collection as needed, assist with statistical support and analysis of data. Synthesize lab test session results and generate reports.
  • Assists with metabolic data collection and processing, statistical support and analysis of data. Synthesize lab test session results and generate reports.
  • Takes part in and gives expertise on research projects involving high level functional activities and/or rehabilitation training protocols.
  • Fully understands IRB protocols, IRB regulations and applies knowledge to clinical setting. Under direction by the PI, assists the study team in preparing and submitting the protocol for initial IRB submission, continuing review, modifications, amendments, and adverse events reports.
  • Develops and writes scientific protocols under the direction of the Principal Investigator. Incorporates advanced knowledge from literature searches of current and planned research that relates to the research protocol or program into the protocol development process. Supports the investigator by independently developing and writing sections of protocols or adapting/editing existing protocols.
  • Collaborates with investigator to select a study design that contributes to the feasibility of a protocol at the investigative site.
  • Directs investigative study team to follow protocol study design and standard operating procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory standards for data collection and documentation.
  • Directs the investigative study team to follow human subject protection regulations, policies/guidelines for the protection of participants and staff.
  • Facilitates compliance of the investigative study team with HIPAA policies and procedures for authorization and use of protected health information.
  • Prepares and reviews essential regulatory and administrative documents required by the protocol.
  • Facilitates compliance of the investigative study team with the informed consent process.
  • Independently reviews and edits participant communications including recruitment letters, follow-up letters, advertisements, participant instructions.
  • Monitors processes and procedures for the collection and processing of study data.
  • Independently monitors the organization of study site investigative files including regulatory, administrative and subject files.
  • Uses critical thinking to resolve complex work flow problems identified during study
  • Resolves questions, concerns, or unexpected problems from research subjects and communicates pertinent issues to the investigator, or supervisor’s attention in a timely manner.
  • Monitors the trends of adverse events or unexpected problems involving subjects and ensures reporting to the investigator, IRB, sponsor and FDA as required. Collaborates with the investigator to help determine the relationship of adverse events associated with the protocol.
  • Investigates protocol and SOP deviations and problem solves with the investigative team, investigator or supervisor to address the issues.
  • Performs analysis and interpretation of data for manuscript development, in conjunction with the statistical team as needed.
  • Develops and oversees IRB correspondence including continuing review, protocol modifications, and adverse event reporting.
  • Trains students, fellows, investigators and study staff in all study processes and procedures.
  • Assist with explaining protocols to research subjects and obtaining informed consent
  • Perform other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Candidate must have a Master’s degree or higher in Physical Therapy from an accredited institution.
  • Preference given to applicants having an additional degree or significant experience in exercise science, exercise physiology, or a related field.
  • Must have two years of experience working in a research setting and two years working in a clinical setting or three years in a combined research/clinical setting
  • Previous experience with patients with amputation a plus.
  • Previous experience with advancing g patients to high level functional athletic activities, specifically running and cycling, is a plus.
  • Prefer applicants with extensive knowledge of and experience with metabolic testing. Ability to use metabolic carts, process, evaluate and interpret data.
  • Working knowledge of biomechanics and familiarity with the function of gait laboratories and research protocols.
  • Interpersonal skills to work effectively with patients and multidisciplinary staff.
  • Ability to learn new software and provide a high attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Matlab, Motion Analysis Corporation hardware and software, Visual 3D, and SPSS is highly desirable.

How To Apply

When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html

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