We have a job opening within our Lab at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation
Hospital. Please see below for more details as well as how to apply. Ideally,
we are looking for a PT PhD but would consider other PhD's that are not PTs but
have experience in a related area. We will be reviewing the first group of
applicants at the end of the month. I'm happy to answer any informal inquiries:
Title: Director/Co-Director/Associate Director, Pathokinesiology Laboratory (PK
Department: Physical Therapy
Institution: Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Department of
Health Services, County of Los Angeles
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Position start date: Available immediately or as negotiated with the successful
Job Categories: Director, Researcher, Clinician
Other affiliations: Rancho Research Institute
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Hiring Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Full-time: Benefits Eligible
Special Instructions to Applicants:
The review of completed applications is ongoing and will continue until the
position is filled.
The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the
United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue
working legally for the term of employment. In addition, the candidate must be
deemed eligible for hire as determined by the Los Angeles County Department of
Health Services, including passing a background check via live scan and meet
all employee health requirements including complete vaccination records.
The Pathokinesiology Laboratory (PK Lab) at Rancho Los Amigos National
Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) is seeking one individual for the role of
Director/Co-Director/Associate Director. The PK Lab has a dual mission: 1)
provide a state-of-the-art motion analysis clinical service for those with
complex movement challenges, and 2) conduct high-quality, nationally funded
clinical research. The ideal candidate will have the appropriate educational
and scientific background and clinical experience to support both missions. The
final role and title of the position will be determined based on the
qualifications of the selected individual as part of the application process.
Benefits: Position includes generous benefit packages offered through Rancho
Research Institute and Los Angeles County including options for medical,
dental, disability coverage and retirement/pension plans among other offerings
to choose from.
* An earned clinical professional degree in Physical Therapy from an
accredited institution acceptable to the Commission on Accreditation of
Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association and
approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California.
* An existing track record in conducting high-quality clinical research
with the potential to establish an independent clinical research program in one
or more areas relevant to rehabilitation.
* A license to practice Physical Therapy issued by the Physical Therapy
Board of California -OR- candidate’s ability to meet eligibility requirements
to obtain a California Physical Therapy license as evidenced by the ability to
submit an acceptable application and obtain such license prior to hiring date.
* Highly effective written and verbal communication skills in English, with
the ability to help lead a diverse and passionate team of clinical researchers.
* A commitment to supporting and expanding a diverse and inclusive
* An earned terminal degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, DSc) in a clinically relevant
field of expertise.
* Postdoctoral experience in Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Science,
Physiology, or related specialty.
* Research experience in biomechanics of gait, wheelchair propulsion, or
other movement-related activities.
* Demonstrated ability to manage and run a nationally funded research
program, including a successful history of applying for and obtaining grant
* Proficiency in Spanish and/or other languages in addition to English.
* Experience with fine-wire EMG insertion, verification, data collection
Apply: To apply, applicants are required to email the following documents to
the PK Lab search committee
* A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest and qualifications for
* A current Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
* A 1-page statement describing the applicant’s research goals and
* A 1-page statement describing the applicant’s clinical experience and
* The names and contact information (email and phone numbers) for 3
references who can address the applicant’s qualifications for this position.
For both statements, please include how your research and clinical experiences
align with Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center’s Mission
Statement: “To restore health, rebuild life, and revitalize hope for persons
with a life changing illness, injury, or disability”.
The world-renowned Pathokinesiology Laboratory (PK Lab) at RLANRC has a unique
and exciting opportunity for an individual working within the field of
biokinesiology, physical therapy, rehabilitation, or other related areas. The
PK Lab is in the forefront of both clinical service and substantial research
endeavors focused on understanding and enhancing both normal and pathologic
human movement. These endeavors build off the rich foundations laid by founder
and original director Dr. Jaqueline Perry, PT, MD, and our most recent
director, Dr. Sara Mulroy, PT, PhD. Under their direction, the PK Lab has been
engaged for many years in analyzing and investigating interventions for
pathological gait in individuals with stroke and lower limb loss as well as in
studying wheelchair propulsion and pain prevention and management in
individuals with spinal cord injury, among many other initiatives. In addition,
the lab also manages Rancho’s participation in the multi-center Spinal Cord
Injury Model System (Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System)
funded by NIDILLR, which has been an ongoing project for many years.
The Physical Therapy (PT) Department at RLANRC has a large clinical staff of
accomplished physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. This staff
provides physical therapy services to over 1300 rehabilitation inpatients and
thousands of outpatients each year. The PK Lab is part of this department and
is located on the RLANRC campus within the newly renovated historical Harriman
Building (completed in 2022). The PK lab is a 5,350 square foot facility that
includes a 1,780 square foot, fully equipped motion analysis lab, patient
rooms, and attached office space. Equipment within the motion analysis lab
include: a 10-camera Qualisys motion capture system, 2 Kistler force-plates
embedded within a 15-meter walkway, a 12-channel Motion-Labs EMG system
(fine-wire and surface capabilities), a Cosmed K5 Metabolic Cost System, a
Biodex Strength Testing System, and other instrumented devices such as walking
aids and wheelchairs. Also available nearby (currently managed by the
Rehabilitation Engineering Program) is a split-belt, instrumented treadmill.
RLANRC is a 150-bed rehabilitation hospital in the Los Angeles County
Department of Health services system of care that serves a culturally and
socio-economically diverse population: PK Lab activities regularly involve
individuals with all types of impairments/disabilities including spinal cord
injury, stroke, brain injury, polio, amputations (diabetes) and other less
common neurologic and orthopedic impairments. Current PT Department and PK Lab
staff are a combination of passionate clinicians and scientists striving to
ensure that we provide the highest quality of care for the patients we serve.
RLANRC’s strategic mission includes enhancing patient outcomes across the
continuum of care, advancing research and innovation with rapid translation
into clinical practice, and promoting advancement of others through education
and training endeavors. Research endeavors focused on this mission are
currently funded through the Physical Therapy Department as well as a number of
federally funded grants managed through the Rancho Research Institute. Current
and past funding sources include the NIH, NIDILLR, DOD, Craig H. Neilsen
Foundation and the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
RLANRC is located in the city of Downey, a suburb of Los Angeles County. The
hospital is freeway close and surrounded by beautiful beaches, quaint
residential communities, and the bustling metropolitan cultural areas of Los
Angeles and Orange Counties.
Candidates may bring their own funded research to the lab and/or integrate into
the existing research currently underway. There are numerous opportunities for
collaboration, professional growth, and development on our team, both at RLANRC
and with internationally renowned universities in the LA region such as UCLA
For additional questions about this position, please contact the PK Lab
administrator at pkadmin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:pkadmin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>.
It is the policy of the County of Los Angeles to provide equal employment
opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of age (40 and over);
ancestry; color; ethnicity; religious creed (including religious dress and
grooming practices); denial of family and medical care leave; disability
(including mental and physical disability); marital status; medical condition
(cancer and genetic characteristics); genetic information; military and veteran
status; national origin (including language use restrictions); race; sex
(including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related
to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding); gender; gender identity; gender
expression; sexual orientation; and any other characteristic protected by state
or federal employment law. Our commitment includes ensuring a
non-discriminatory workplace where individuals are valued for their
differences, as well as their similarities.
Jeffery W. Rankin, PhD
Acting Director, Pathokinesiology Lab
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center