Clinical Research Scientist, Musculoskeletal Research

Location US-NY-New York
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/22/2021 11:15 PM)
Job ID
Research & Academia - All Openings
Emp Status
Regular Full-Time
Hours per Week


Clinical Research Scientist, Musculoskeletal Research

Candidate must be a PhD, MD, DPT or DO.

MPH or similar degree also desirable.


Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report “American’s Best Hospitals” issue, HSS ranks #1 in orthopedics and #4 in rheumatology. HSS is considered one of the top hospitals for joint replacement with one of the lowest infection rates in the country. The hospital also performs the most knee replacement surgeries of any hospital in the United States. HSS has the world-class Research Institute, in which the enterprise’s bench to bedside research drives innovation, best practices, and pathways toward treatment and cures, and its rigorously investigates care delivery to continuously improve outcomes. The Innovation Institute leverages HSS’ rich history and vast data in musculoskeletal medicine to develop new technologies, lines of business and partnerships and is bringing innovation to market.


Though the main campus is located in New York City, HSS treats individuals throughout the Tri-State area and Florida and consistently attracts patients from all 50 states and over 80 countries who recognize its specialized services. Members of HSS’ medical staff serve as physicians for major professional sports teams including the New York Mets, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, New York Giants, New York Red Bulls, and New York Liberty, as well as the athletic programs of several colleges and universities. In addition, HSS serves US Rowing, USA Swimming and is an official medical center for the USOC and FIFA.


HSS is affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System through the hospital’s affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital is also affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University, all of which are located within a three-block area of York Avenue in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. 


HSS offers a unique work environment, diverse job types and extraordinary career opportunities. We encourage and support professional growth and development, recognize individual contributions, and offer unique and highly competitive compensation packages. This is how we attract and retain highly skilled professionals, renowned for their leadership and vision in clinical care, teaching, research, and development.


About this position:


HSS has a long tradition of groundbreaking basic and translation research in orthopedics and musculoskeletal research.  Given our current knowledge of disease, cutting edge technology and most importantly, patient need, we are now focused on building upon our clinical research. 


HSS is uniquely positioned to accelerate clinical research for musculoskeletal diseases by leveraging:

  • Big data applications that utilize our extensive patient data in the Electronic Health Record and in multiple registries.
  • Machine learning and other artificial intelligence approaches to develop personalized, targeted treatment strategies.
  • Philanthropic support for the development of the Research Infrastructure and Team (Biobank, Biostatisticians, Research Assistants/Coordinators)


The ideal candidate should be an individual who has an established, independent research career in clinical research and/or population health science, and a strong track record of peer-reviewed extramural grant funding, particularly from NIH.

  • Knowledge of current clinical issues in musculoskeletal disorders and a vision for how to address these knowledge gaps to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.
  • Experience and expertise in analysis of complex data sets, machine learning, bioinformatics, population science, or outcomes research is preferred.  Other areas of interest include implementation science, design and execution of clinical trials, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research or health disparities, or observational clinical research with a translational/mechanistic focus.  

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Rigorous understanding of research methodology, study design and biostatistics.
  • A sustained track record of service as an outstanding mentor for junior investigators.
  • History of successful collaborations with basic, translational, clinical, and population health investigators in multiple disciplines including orthopedic surgery, biomechanics and/or imaging.
  • A broad knowledge of administrative, ethical and regulatory requirements for human subjects’ research.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, expand and monitor current clinical research programs within orthopedics research program to report on the health and status of each program.
  • Oversee development of partnerships between clinicians, surgeons and basic/translational investigators at HSS and other institutions nationally and internationally.
  • Provide insight for new programmatic research themes and assist with the recruitment of new clinical research scientists. Support the development and retention of talented clinical and translational investigators.
  • Work to build comprehensive strategic efforts to better support our research mission including supporting the development of large multi-investigator program project grants.
  • As a contributing member of the Research Institute, develop and recruit core resources including administrative support, biostatistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics/big data development, machine learning, and biobank resources.
  • Facilitate development of collaborations with the Weill Cornell Medicine Clinical and Translational Sciences Center, which includes HSS as well as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Hunter College.

Recruitment Resources include:

  • Comprehensive and competitive compensation package, including committed funds and infrastructure for clinical research and related areas including support personnel including research assistants, biostatisticians, data analytics, etc., and access to administrative databases and multiple high-quality patient registries and repositories.
  • The candidate will become a member of the HSS Research Institute on the Academic Track.
  • Secondary appointment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgeryor Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and other WCMC departments or schools as appropriate (Department of Population Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, etc.).
  • Collaboration with world renowned, respected clinical, translational and basic investigators in orthopedics and musculoskeletal medicine at HSS and the Tri-institutional scientific community (Weill Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University).
  • Protected time for research, administrative, mentoring, and scholarly activities.


Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at




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