VA Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence
Location: East Orange, New Jersey
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Hospital, Public and Private
College / University
Health Care System
Outpatient Care Center
Commensurate with experience and training ($60-80k/annually)
Internal Number: 11082021
Summary of Position
Are you interested in helping to improve the health of Veterans exposed to airborne hazards while deployed? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) is a national program that specializes in clinical and translational research that uses scientific insights to help improve health outcomes in Veterans.
The AHBPCE is recruiting a full-time clinical exercise physiologist (CEP) to provide advanced cardiopulmonary services including diagnostic testing, exercise prescription and management. The CEP will work closely with a specialty multidisciplinary team to support the clinical, research and education goals of the AHBPCE.
Duties and Responsibilities
Clinical Assessment (50%)
Collect and interpret ventilatory, gas-exchange and hemodynamic parameters during exercise
Acquire and interpret 12-lead ECG
Perform pulmonary function testing meeting American Thoracic and European Respiratory Society Standards
Summarize and present results of cardiopulmonary function studies to specialty providers, clinicians and patients
Screen and risk stratify patients (interview and electronic medical record review) for clinical testing and exercise prescription
Develop personalized exercise prescriptions for patients and support remote coaching
Research Support (40%)
Screen research participants for eligibility criteria
Obtain written informed consent
Collect physiological data in accordance with standardized protocols
Process, transport, and ship biospecimens
Data entry and analysis using specialized software (R, SPSS, MATLAB, etc.)
Other Responsibilities (10%)
Support the mission of the AHBPCE and WRIISC
Collaborate with biomedical engineers and equipment vendors for troubleshooting
Prepare and deliver educational presentations within content area of expertise
Attend laboratory and center meetings
Work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team
All applicants are required to be U.S. citizens per US Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
A cover letter must be submitted along with resume.
Knowledge and understanding of the human cardiopulmonary system
Knowledge of contraindications to exercise testing and termination
Knowledge and familiarity with various exercise testing protocols
Knowledge of cardiac and pulmonary medications and effects on exercise and pulmonary testing
Excellent interpersonal skills in working with patients and providers
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Proficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft software applications and common database applications (Access, REDCap, Qualtrics)
≥ 2 years in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and pulmonary function testing
Experience with electronic health record systems
Experience conducting research in a clinical setting
≥ 4 years of human subject research experience
Education and/or Experience
(Required) American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-CEP) credential.
(Required) Current CPR and ACLS certification
(Required) Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, exercise physiology, or equivalent
(Desired) Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology or equivalent
(Desired) Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) through The National Board for Respiratory Care
About VA Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence
The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) is a national program dedicated to Veterans’ post-deployment health concerns and unique health care needs. We develop and provide post-deployment health expertise to Veterans and their health care providers through clinical care, research, education, and risk communication. As a tertiary care center, we partner with referring providers and their health care teams to support the care of Veterans. The WRIISC is part of VA’s newly designated Health Outcomes Military Exposures (HOME) formerly Post Deployment Health Services (PDHS). The VA is uniquely qualified to care for Veterans with health concerns related to potentially toxic exposures.
The Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence at the New Jersey WRIISC was officially recognized in May 2019 by Congress and the President in Public Law 115-929 as a VA Center of Excellence. The Center conducts clinical and translational research related to airborne hazards and burn pits focusing on a range of health concerns including respiratory concerns and unexplained shortness of breath (dyspnea), among other health outcomes.