Clinical Research Assistant I - Child Development

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

ROBERTS - Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research Req ID: 26660

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Center for Autism Research (CAR) is conducting a wide range of studies seeking to identify the causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and to explore effective interventions and other supports for families throughout the region who are affected by ASD. Working at CAR provides the opportunity to be a part of innovative, break-through research on a complex developmental disorder that affects 1 in 59 people in the United States. Most studies at CAR involve behavioral evaluations, brain imaging, and genetics aimed at explaining the underlying mechanisms of this complex disorder.


Job Responsibilities

We are seeking two full-time Clinical Research Assistants I (CRA I) to collaborate on two different projects in CAR’s Motor and Language Laboratory geared toward understanding motor, language, and social development associated with ASD, across infants and adolescents.



The ideal candidate is highly organized, has excellent people skills, is self-motivated and curious, and possesses an analytical mind.



CRA duties may include but will not be limited to: assisting in all aspects of participant recruitment, including contacting parents and teachers to obtain their consent, scheduling visits and data collection calls, distributing consent forms, and maintaining accurate records; collecting data through various study paradigms in the lab or in homes (videotaping/audiotaping activities, one-on-one testing of children) and administering phone-based standardized screenings or tests; organizing data from collected through paper and pencil or online questionnaires and tests, compiling and reducing large quantities of data under the direction of the principal investigator; performing data entry, coding and analysis, including coding/transcription of videotaped and audio recorded data, entering testing data into databases and/or spreadsheets, statistical analysis of data using statistical software and Excel; assisting with IRB protocol amendments, poster presentations, and publication preparation (including conducting literature reviews, creating figures, etc.).



The CRA will work as part of a team composed of developmental psychologists, clinical psychologists, physicians, and computer scientists. CAR is a collaborative environment; we are looking for a self-motivated team player with excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills to support our research efforts. Prior experience with some or all of these duties is a plus but is not necessary; many Research Assistant duties can be learned on the job. Successful applicants will be fast learners who enjoy working in a bustling research environment.


Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Providing technical and clinical support in the conduct of clinical studies:

  • Filing and office organization
  • Patient/research participant scheduling
  • Patient/research participant history
  • Data collection
  • Data entry
  • Data management
  • Laboratory procedures


Research Study Compliance

  • Adhere to an IRB approved protocols
  • Comply with Institutional policies, SOPs and guidelines
  • Comply with federal, state, and sponsor policies


May be called upon to:

  • Consent subjects, with appropriate authorization and training.
  • Document and Report adverse events
  • Maintain study source documents
  • Complete case report forms (paper and electronic data capture)
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Associates Degree or active enrollment in a Bachelor’s Degree Program


Required Experience:  One (1) year of relevant clinical research experience.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, child development, pre-med, or similar, with some prior research experience preferred.
  • Experience with study coordination preferred.
  • Experience working with infants, children, and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disorder, and their families is preferred.
  • Statistical knowledge and interest; ability to use/learn a statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, R) is preferred.
  • Computer skills including Word, Excel, stimulus presentation software and database software are preferred.
  • Ability to function independently in a clinical research setting, and to take active direction from a supervisor.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills; ability to contribute as a team player.
  • Excellent organizational ability and ability to multi-task, handle deadline-related stress, meet deadlines, and pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle confidential materials.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including up to two evenings per week and up to 1 weekend day per month.
Additional Technical Requirements
  • Familiarity with IRB and human subject protection.

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