Postdoctoral Research Associate - Program in Physical Therapy

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Medical Lake, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime

Job Description

Position Summary

The Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate to join the Shoulder Biomechanics and Rehabilitation lab led by Rebekah Lawrence, PT, PhD. Our lab is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with shoulder pain by investigating the movement-related factors associated with shoulder pathology, symptom manifestation, and functional decline. Our approach is to conduct rigorous, clinically-relevant research that integrates clinical assessment, diagnostic imaging, and state-of-the-art methods of assessing human movement with the passion and expertise of a multi-disciplinary research team. The successful applicant shares this passion and will contribute to all aspects of the research process including brainstorming, project planning, subject recruitment, data collection and processing, database management, statistical analysis, and dissemination.

Additional Information:

  • Rebekah Lawrence, PT, PhD: https://pt.wustl.edu/people/rebekah-l-lawrence-pt-phd-ocs

  • Shoulder Biomechanics and Rehabilitation lab: https://pt.wustl.edu/research/our-research-areas/shoulder-biomechanics-and-rehabilitation

  • Washington University Program in Physical Therapy (WUPT): https://pt.wustl.edu

  • WUPT Research Division: https://pt.wustl.edu/research

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs-2/ .

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works collaboratively with the principal investigator towards achieving career goals.

  • Works with the principal investigator and research team members to successfully execute the aims of ongoing research studies.

  • Assists with research participant recruitment.

  • Assists with data collection and analysis including frequent interactions with human subjects to obtain biomechanics measures, experimental and diagnostic imaging, clinical outcome measures, and patient-reported outcomes.

  • Performs complex statistical analysis of data collected and writes interpretative reports. Verifies the correctness of the data submitted and makes recommendations based on these analyses.

  • Conducts literature searches related to research project.

  • Disseminates research findings through presentations, abstracts, and manuscripts both within and outside the university.

  • Assists with grant and IRB preparation and reporting.

  • Complies with ethical standards and good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records.

  • Provides guidance and mentorship to more junior lab members.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, rehabilitation science, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in human subjects research, motion analysis, computational modeling, and image processing.

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and be committed to being a lifelong learner.

  • Proficiency in MATLAB programming.

  • Good teammate and exhibits kindness, curiosity, creativity, and determination.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Applicant Special Instructions

Qualified candidates are encouraged to email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two to three page personal statement of research experience and interests, and the names and contact information for at least three scientific references to Rebekah Lawrence, PT, Ph.D., at r.lawrence@wustl.edu .


Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.


EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.


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Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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