Pulmonary Function Technician (PFT)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI)
With nation-wide responsibility for improving the health and well-being of all Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services oversees the biomedical research programs of the National Institutes of Health and those of NIH’s research Institutes
The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is seeking to recruit a full-time Pulmonary Function Technician (PFT) within the Pulmonary Branch to provide technical services for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients under the general direction of a physician within a unique clinical research environment.
The PFT technician will work closely with clinicians in obtaining research and clinical data for research protocols within DIR, NHLBI and other Institutes from patients seen at the NIH Clinical Center. They will perform standard pulmonary function tests, take measurements of lung volumes and airway resistance by body plethysmography and nitrogen washout, take measurements of airway resistance and reactance by the impulse oscilometry technique, and execute methacholine bronchoprovocation tests. In addition, the PFT technician will perform cardiopulmonary exercise tests and other modalities of exercise testing such as the six-minute walk test.
The successful candidate should have significant knowledge of pulmonary physiology, PFT testing experience and be a graduate of an accredited respiratory care program: either the Commission on the Accreditation of Respiratory Care (COARC) or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The PFT technician must also maintain a valid  BLS provider card, and  either an ACLS or PALS card.
Appointees may be US citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain a valid employment authorized visa. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.
Applicants should submit their current resume and three refences to Dr. Angelo Taveira-DaSilva by email c/o Kendra Bates at: Kendra.Bates@nih.gov. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers
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