Clin Research Assistant I-Center for Autism Research

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

Req ID: 22049

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Center for Autism Research is conducting a wide range of studies seeking to identify causes of ASD, and to explore effective interventions and other supports for families throughout the region affected by ASD. We are seeking a full-time Clinical Research Assistant to collect and maintain clinical research data and work closely with our team Phlebotomist on the acquisition of bio-specimens from research participants and clinical patients. The Clinical Research Assistant will screen and consent subjects for entry into the required protocol. He/She will maintain knowledge of appropriate computer systems and enter data into study databases. The Clinical Research Assistant will frequently interact with the Phlebotomist and Principal Investigators and report on the conduct of the assigned protocol. He/She also will have daily contact with other physicians, nurses, patients and their families.

Prior experience with some or all of these duties is a plus but is not necessary; many of the Clinical Research Assistant’s duties can be learned on the job. Successful applicants will be highly self-motivated and fast learners who enjoy working in bustling research and clinical environments. This position offers valuable clinical research experience in preparation for applying to graduate school. As a member of CAR, the CRA will have the opportunity to participate in outreach events and attend lectures and seminars on recent findings in autism research, allowing exposure to scientific and clinical leaders in the field.

Job Responsibilities

Screen potential research participants and clinical patients for enrollment in study biorepository.

Schedule and participate in visits with research participants and clinical patients in order for bio-specimens to

be collected. Visits may occur on the CHOP campus and at external satellite sites.

Work closely with team Phlebotomist(s) to consent participants and research families for enrollment in the study


Following collection of biosample by team Phlebotomist(s), the Clinical Research Assistant will work with

families and participants to complete required questionnaires and ensure that all data collection instruments are

administered and complete.

Support team Phlebotomist with ensuring bio-specimens are properly coded and assist with the delivery of

collected samples to lab, as needed.

Collect and maintain study data as required for specific clinical research protocols.

Function independently in patient care areas including the outpatient ambulatory areas, Outpatient care units,

satellite clinics, and individual’s homes to collect specific study data, under the supervision and guidance of


Utilize appropriate resources, including other Clinical Research Assistants,team Phlebotomist(s), and PIs to

collect data accurately and completely.

Enter information in computer databases for the study in a timely manner

Provide information on the data collected to appropriate persons as directed.

Provide timely information to the Principal Investigator on the progress of data collection for thestudy.

Communicate any difficulties or problems in collecting data as prescribed immediately to the team leaders

and/or PI.

Assist with collection and delivery of biologic specimens, such as saliva.

Assist with quality improvement activities as related to research protocols

• Help to develop systems by which quality becomes continuous

Perform chart and data reviews to assess compliance of data with IRB and other regulatory agencies



Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

Required Education::  AA in a related field


Required Experience:  1+ year(s) relevant clinical research experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Bachelor’s degree in psychology, child development, biology, special education, or a related field. Research

and/or clinical experience working with children with developmental disorders and/or autism spectrum disorder


Experience with project coordination preferred.

Experience working with children, adolescents or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other

developmental disorder, and their families or service-providers, is preferred.

Experience navigating outpatient clinical environments, like primary care practices, is strongly preferred.

Experience with electronic medical health records (e.g., EPIC)

Ability to function independently in a clinical research setting; as well as, the ability to take active direction from

a supervisor.

Excellent communication skills to interact with staff, parents, and children.

Excellent writing skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to contribute as a team player.

Excellent organizational ability and ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and pay attention to detail.

Ability to handle deadline related stress with equanimity.

Ability to handle confidential materials.

Ability to work a very flexible schedule including days, evenings and some Saturdays.

A driver’s license and ability to travel for study visits that are conducted either in homes or satellite clinics within

Pennsylvania and New Jersey is required. Frequent day-travel (approximately 2-3 days per week) is anticipated

(all tolls and mileage will be reimbursed at the IRS-approved mileage rate).

Preferred Attributes:

Computer skills including spreadsheet, database and statistical applications.

Working knowledge of the research process.

Additional Technical Requirements

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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