Research Asst II - Research Imaging

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Req ID: 25155

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Assists the Lurie Family Foundations Imaging Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in tasks related to neuroimaging research examining brain function and structure in typically developing children as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Job responsibilities include: supporting research study tasks, with an emphasis on assisting with the neuroimaging scans of research participants. Responsibilities will include supporting children and families through their research study participation to include consenting participants and compensating them for their time. Responsibilities will also include collecting and analyzing brain imaging data, data entry, and ensuring research databases and paperwork are maintained. 


The Lurie Family Foundations Imaging Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is conducting a wide range of neuroimaging studies related to brain function and structure in typically developing children as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. We are seeking to identify early biomarkers for ASD using neuroimaging and to explore neuroimaging as a diagnostic tool. Recruited participants include infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents.
We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to assist in neuroimaging scans for research participants. This individual will work closely with our team of imaging techs, principal investigators, psychologists, post docs, research coordinators and other research assistants on the acquisition of brain imaging research data. The Research Assistant will consent subjects for entry into the required protocol and report to the Principal Investigators on the conduct of the assigned protocol. He/She will also enter data into study databases, manage data flow, and ensure databases and paperwork are maintained. He/She will have regular contact with clinical and typically developing populations and their families.
Prior experience with some or all of these duties is a plus but is not necessary; training will be provided. 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 the Department of Radiology, the RA will have the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars on recent findings in autism research, allowing exposure to scientific and clinical leaders in the field.
For this position, we will need the person to be somewhat flexible with regard to their time. Some weeks we may need this person to work later in the evening, while other weeks may require 8am to 4pm.


The ideal candidate will
• Consent participants and research families for enrollment in studies
• Work with families and participants to complete required questionnaires and ensure that all data collection instruments are administered and complete
• Collect and maintain study data as required for specific clinical research protocols
• Utilize appropriate resources, including other Clinical Research Assistants, team psychologists, and PIs to collect data accurately and completely
• Enter information in computer databases for the study in a timely manner
• Provide timely information to the Principal Investigator on the progress of data collection for the study.
• Communicate any difficulties or problems in collecting data as prescribed immediately to the team leaders and/or PI
• Perform chart and data reviews to assess compliance of data with IRB and other regulatory agencies

Job Responsibilities

1. Assist in all aspects of data collection for lab-approved protocols.
•Review protocols for technical consideration.
•Assist in scheduling evaluations.
•Greet and triage all study subjects/families.
•Perform various relevant measurements and tests.
2. Assist in other kinds of lab-approved protocols.
•Compile study data and assist in data entry and report preparation.
•Attend meetings of the research teams as needed to provide updates on progress and problems.
•Help carry out and follow-up on protocol decisions for individual projects.
3. Help maintain lab facility and equipment.
•Perform quality assurance procedures on all equipment daily or as needed.
•Assist in reviewing quality assurance results, and communicate with manufacturers to assure full and proper operation of equipment.
•Schedule and document routine maintenance and servicing of equipment.
•Monitor use of supplies and order new supplies as needed.
•Maintain day-to-day operations of the lab and keep the facility neat, organized and safe.
4. Attend lab staff meetings and other relevant conferences/seminars.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or 3 to 4 years related work experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Experience in clinical research and computers is preferable.

Additional Technical Requirements

• Successful performance in a high-intensity work environment.
• Excellent problem identification and problem solving skills.
• Flexibility.
• Knowledge of computers and appropriate software packages.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks.
• Excellent interpersonal communication, organizational and managerial skills.
• Current knowledge of GCP and ICH guidelines, Definitions and Reporting requirements for adverse events, IRB issues and guidelines, Elements of Informed Consent, FDA Codes, and Regulatory Issues.

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