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UCLA Health Systems

Physical Therapist, Neural Network Research



Full Time

On Site


Los Angeles, California, United States


In this role, you will provide the clinical application of novel rehabilitation strategy, specifically to study the neural networks within the human spinal cord and leverage this understanding to facilitate recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury or CNS injury.

Utilizing scientific methods, you will perform data analysis and occupational therapy. You will be working with an inter-disciplinary team of researchers from molecular biology, physiology, occupational therapy, and engineering to test novel therapeutic interventions and impact on motor function in humans. You will also be involved with data collection/analysis, organization of research projects, compose manuscripts and work with physical therapy assistants and laboratory assistants.



Physical therapy license in the State of California.

Skill in physical therapy assessment and treatment of patients with spinal cord injury.

Knowledge about cerebral palsy and related disorders.

Ability to coordinate and prioritize a large number of tasks.

Ability to use University research libraries for literature searches.

Skill in motivating young adults with injuries and gaining their cooperation for testing and treatment sessions.

Knowledge of normal and abnormal motor function and muscle firing patterns.

Skill in using computers for data acquisition, analysis, graphics programs, and word processing.

Ability to supervise staff, students and other professionals.


Previous experience with spinal cord injury patients undergoing surgical procedures.

Skill in operating systems and equipment used for 3D motion analysis including motion analysis system, electromyography, and force plates.

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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