Clinical Research Assistant-Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

Req ID: 23066

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 support for families throughout the region who are affected by ASD. Working at CAR provides the opportunity to be a part of innovative, breakthrough research on a complex developmental disorder that affects 1 in 59 people in the United States. Most of the studies at CAR involve collecting and analyzing data from behavioral evaluations, brain imaging scans, and genetic samples with the goal of explaining the underlying mechanisms of this complex disorder. 

Job Responsibilities

We are seeking a full-time Clinical Research Assistant I (CRA) to work on multiple NIH-funded Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) protocols across two cohorts: high risk for autism and Down syndrome infants and school age children. For these studies, the CRA will work as part of a team composed of a clinical psychologist, postdoctoral fellows, psychometricians, and another CRA. The CRA will perform a variety of clinical research duties including recruiting and screening potential participants, providing support to clinicians during research evaluations, supporting research participants through experiments, and administering behavioral assessments and experimental measures. The primary experimental measure for this study is neuroimaging and the CRA will be actively involved in MRI data acquisition. Other responsibilities include data extraction, entry, and validation and ensuring that research databases are maintained and kept up to date. The CRA will recruit participant families, explain complex studies in terms that are easy for families to understand, conduct telephone screening interviews to determine eligibility, and schedule clinical visits. The CRA will work closely with investigators on amendments to IRB protocol and on data extraction, analysis, and preparation for presentations and publications.  

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 a bustling research environment. 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.



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, special education, or a related field. Research and/or clinical experience working with children with developmental disorders and/or autism spectrum disorder preferred.


Additional Requirements

Some prior experience with MRI data collection and an appreciation for quality control procedures.

Ability to work a very flexible schedule including evenings during the work week and the possibility of at least 1 weekend day per month.

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

Basic statistical knowledge and ability to use a statistical software package to run simple tests for mean differences.

Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, stimulus presentation software for research studies such as Tobii, Matlab, etc., and some experience with database software.

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.

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.

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