SRH - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join the SRH Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. The mission of the SRH Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, directed by Dr. Joseph T. Giacino, is to advance the development of effective methods of assessment and treatment for persons who sustain severe acquired brain injury and disorders of consciousness (DoC). The lab's primary research aims are centered on increasing diagnostic accuracy, improving clinical outcome measurement and developing effective TBI treatment interventions. The Neurorehabilitation Lab serves as the base of operations for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (SH-TBIMS), one of 16 centers in the U.S. funded by the National Institute on Independent Living, Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to conduct longitudinal follow-up of persons with moderate to severe TBI. The TBI Model Systems Program is the largest and longest-running longitudinal studies in the world with over 15,000 persons enrolled over the last 25 years. The lab also serves as the national Outcomes Core for the 18-site NIH-funded Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) initiative and the TBI Endpoint Development (TED) Metadataset project, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will play a key role in TED and TBIMS research activities. The Fellow will work closely with clinical outcome assessment (COA) experts from collaborating TED centers throughout the U.S. to evaluate COA measures for use in TBI clinical trials and observational studies. This experience will provide access to the TED Metadataset, a large repository of fully-curated measures of cognition and psychological health, imaging data and blood-based biomarkers acquired from persons with mild to severe TBI. As a Co-Investigator on the SH-TBIMS team, the Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team of neurointensivists, critical care specialists, physiatrists and allied health professionals to develop and test a new standardized assessment instrument designed for use in the intensive care setting to monitor recovery of consciousness in persons who sustain severe brain injury. Additional opportunities for brain injury research will include participation in a wide variety of multicenter "modular" studies with other TBIMS centers. The Fellow will be expected to participate in all phases of research from study design to manuscript preparation and dissemination of findings.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston is a 132-bed nonprofit accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility affiliated with Harvard Medical School (HMS), the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and Partners Health Care System (PHS), an integrated health care delivery system that includes Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham
and Women's Hospital (BWH). SRH is one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the U.S. and is a leader in the greater Boston metropolitan area in providing comprehensive rehabilitation and complex medical management services. It is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England to maintain a ranking in U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals survey since 1995 and is currently ranked #4. The brain injury program includes a specialized program for persons with disorders of consciousness who have not yet regained the ability to follow instructions or communicate reliably.
Study conceptualization and design
Recruitment, screening and consent activities
Medical record data extraction
Conducting study-specific interviews
Administration of neurobehavioral study exams
Completion of case report forms and on-line data entry
Prospective and retrospective data collection, analysis, interpretation and quality review
Manuscript preparation and professional presentations
Supervision of research assistants, externs and students
Attendance at internal and external Investigator, Scientific and Advisory Board meetings
A wide range of educational activities are available through SRH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Must be able to take action in solving problems while exhibiting judgment and realistic understanding of issues: able to use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics; be able to review facts and weigh options
Customer Focus
Able to demonstrate a high level of service delivery; do what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction; deal with service failures and prioritize customer needs.
Must be able to share due credit with co-workers; display enthusiasm and promote a friendly group working environment; work closely with other departments/programs as necessary; support group decisions and solicit opinions from co-workers; display team spirit
Must be able to clearly present information orally and in written form; read and interpret information.
Able to respond professionally to unpredictable circumstances; remain open-minded and change direction on the basis of new information; perform a wide variety of tasks and change focus quickly as demands change; manage transitions effectively form task to task; adapt to varying customer needs.
Able to maintain a solution-oriented approach while dealing with interpersonal conflict; hazardous conditions, personal rejection, or time demands.
Commitment to Task
Must be able to take responsibility for actions and outcomes and persist despite obstacles; be available around the clock in case of emergency; give long hours to the job; demonstrate dependability in difficult circumstances and show a sense of urgency about getting results
Attention to Detail
Able to be alert in a high risk environment; follow detailed procedures and ensure accuracy in documentation and data; carefully monitor gauges, instruments, or processes; concentrate on routine work details; and organize and maintain a system of records.
Interpersonal Ability
Must be able to develop rapport with others and recognize their concerns and feelings; build and maintain a long-term associations based on trust; help others
Planning, Prioritizing and Goal Setting
Must be able to prepare for emerging customer needs; manage multiple projects; determine project urgency in a meaningful and practical way; use goals to guide actions and create detailed action plans; organize and schedule people and tasks
Continuous Learning
Must able to stay informed of current practice and industry trends; learn and apply new concepts and demonstrate career self-reliance; identify own areas of opportunity and set and monitor self-development goals.
Able to challenge conventional practices; adapt established methods for new uses; pursue ongoing system improvement; play with concepts and ideas to create novel solutions to problems; evaluate new technology as potential solutions to existing problems
Comprehensive Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program co-located in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH). Stimulating, challenging and occasionally-pressured work environment with established deadlines. Reports to Laboratory Director.
Interested candidates should send the following information to Dr. Joseph Giacino (jgiacino@mgh.harvard.edu) and Dr. Michael Bergin (mjbergin@partners.org): a curriculum vitae, a cover letter detailing research interests and goals, 1-2 writing samples or previous publications authored by the applicant, and contact information for three references.
Applicants should have a doctoral-level degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology (Neuropsychology/Clinical Psychology), or Medicine. Preference will be given to candidates with prior exposure to neurologic populations and training/experience in administering standardized neurobehavioral assessments. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to manage concurrent projects and deadlines.

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