Job Information

University of Utah Research Physical Therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 11/05/2021

Requisition Number PRN28382B

Job Title PS Physical Therapist

Working Title Research Physical Therapist

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00201 - PhysicalTher/Athletic Training

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $65,000 - $75,000 DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

Research Physical Therapist: Spanish-Speaking

The University of Utah College of Health and Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training is seeking individuals to support a study evaluating telehealth rehabilitation for persons with chronic back pain. The primary responsibilities of the persons working in these positions are to follow research protocols and provide treatment sessions using telehealth for persons with chronic back pain. They will interact with research patients who are receiving care at Community Health Centers throughout the state of Utah, and with other research staff on the study team. Because of the patient population involved in this study, the persons working in these positions must be able to communicate in both Spanish and English. Position may be full- or part-time depending on the applicant’s preferences and the work needs.

This position is funded by an NIH grant that is anticipated to end August 31, 2025.

Due to the COVID -19 situation, employees may need to provide their own home office space, internet connection, telephone, and have the ability to work independently.

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.

Preferred qualification: Able to communicate in both English and Spanish


1.Provide telehealth sessions involving instruction in exercise, patient education and instructions for self-management of back pain

2.Conduct telephone calls to patients to introduce the study and offer the opportunity to enroll in the study

3.Participate in obtaining informed consent

4.Assist in scheduling patients for follow-up study treatment sessions and assessments

5.Data entry into REDCap study database

6.Documentation of all communications and sessions with study participants

7. Identify and report adverse events and protocol deviations.

8.Other duties as assigned.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Problem Solving

Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.

Current knowledge of safety issues needed in the treatment of patients, especially regarding body substance precautions and body mechanics to protect self, patients and personnel working with therapists.

Ability to participate in rotations of work area, weekends and week-day hours and assigned holidays.

Ability to follow ethical guidelines outlined by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit.

Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.

Minimum Qualifications


Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

Current license to practice as a Physical Therapist in the State of Utah, or obtain one within 90 days of hire under the Physical Therapy Compact if switching residency to State of Utah. Must maintain current Physical Therapy Compact (multi-state) license if residency is not being changed to Utah.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.


Able to communicate in both English and Spanish

Experience with human subjects research

Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ability to learn new software programs.

Experience with REDCap

Current license in the state of Utah as a Physical Therapist

Completion of University RATS Clinical Certification within one year of hire required.

Completion of CITI Human Subjects and Good Clinical Practice Training within one month of hire required.

Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written.

Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices, HIPAA and IRB regulations; an understanding of research procedures; and the ability to function independently is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.