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Clinical Research Therapist in Clinical Trials Innovation and Human Motor Recovery Laboratory

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Job Description

Burke Neurological Institute (BNI) seeks a Clinical Research Therapist, who will report to the Director, Laboratory for Clinical Trials Innovation, as well as to the Director, Human Motor Recovery Laboratory.

The Clinical Research Therapist (CRT) is responsible for performing clinical research activities to include, but not limited to:

  • Therapy based evaluation(s) of potential study participants for enrollment in BNI clinical trials, with prioritization of the NeuroCuresNY clinical studies.
  • Administration of therapy for clinical research study participants enrolled BNI clinical trials.
  • Operate & maintain the day-to-day operational duties of their assigned clinical trials.
  • Develop plans for study protocol implementation, identify necessary resources and request as appropriate; this includes instruments, equipment and staff, etc.
  • Development and maintenance of robotic, upper and/or lower extremity-based training protocols and associated materials for NeuroCuresNY and other clinical research studies at BNI.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of the BNI Clinical Research Registry (including, but not limited to: recruitment, enrollment, follow-up research activities; data entry; database maintenance; query resolution; etc).
  • Attend conferences, internal and external meetings as requested.
  • Assist in other research related activities and projects as needed.
  • Contribute to the grant application process.
  • Assistance in the preparation and submission of annual reports and regulatory information to funding and regulatory agencies.
  • Oversee training of study personnel at all collaborating clinical study sites on standardized clinical assessments of the upper and/or lower limb and on delivery of robot-assisted therapy for study participants.
  • Assist investigators with validation and editing of collected data as it relates to therapy and/or upper and/or lower extremity motor data collection and analysis.
  • Assist in the preparation of manuscript(s) and conference poster presentations.
  • Develop and maintain procedures for organizing work and staff as it relates to therapy-based research activities.
  • Troubleshoot clinical trial issues and suggest improvements as appropriate.
  • Provide sound clinical and technical advice during clinical trials.
  • Regular collaboration with the PI and other research staff.
  • Informing relevant research and clinical personnel regarding participant protocol participation.
  • Assist in other research related activities and projects as needed.
  • Maintenance of detailed study files and completion of study documents and files, including: case report forms (paper and/or electronic), worksheets and research record notes.
  • Maintain confidentiality of documents and files in compliance with all statutes, particularly HIPAA.
  • Obtain fully informed consent of all eligible trial & study participants in accordance with IRB, local & federal statutes.
  • Clear and effective communication with potential study participants, clinicians, other health care providers, ancillary staff, and research office staff.
  • Completion and maintenance of the required training for participation in clinical research, including but not limited to: Human Subjects Protection Training, Good Clinical Practice in research, Protocol specific training and applicable regulatory training.
  • Maintenance of New York state licensure (as appropriate).
  • Conduct clinical trial validation activities including troubleshooting and analysis.
  • Assist and support the development of research partnerships with outside institutions.
  • Escalate issues to supervisor and/or study PI (as applicable).
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education and experience required:

  • Fluent in English; Spanish speaking is a plus.
  • New York State Licensed Occupational or Physical Therapist with at least 2-3 years’ experience in neurorehabilitation.
  • Clinical research experience required – must be able to understand and follow scientific research protocol(s) and procedure(s).
  • Familiarity with clinical advances in neurorehabilitation.
  • Able to take initiative and work with limited supervision/independently is required.
  • Able to effectively work in a complex matrix is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative & collaborative work environment.
  • The ability to be flexible with scheduling is mandatory.
  • Competent computer skills MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills.

Work Environment:

Clinical Research Facilities

Physical requirements:

Must have full faculties and be able to stand for long periods of time. Some heavy lifting required, must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Must be able to withstand repetitive motion of arms, legs and waist.

How to Apply

To apply, interested candidates should complete the online application, upload a cover letter outlining your skills, interests, relevant experience; a resume/CV, and include three contacts for references.

About the Institute

The Burke Neurological Institute is a nonprofit leading scientific research institute devoted to advancing the study of neurological diseases and injuries. The overarching goal of the Institute, an academic affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine, is to leverage the most innovative and highest quality neuroscience to restore brain and spinal cord function in those with neurological injury including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, age related macular degeneration. Twenty faculty funded by federal and private agencies work alongside 100 individuals on a beautiful 60-acre campus in White Plains, New York, 15 miles from the heart of New York City.

Burke Neurological Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Faculty Mentor

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Lab Director
Laboratory for Clinical Trials Innovation
Burke Neurological Institute
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Lab Director
Human Motor Recovery Laboratory
Burke Neurological Institute
Assistant Professor

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