Research Post Doc Fellow-Center for Autism Research (CAR)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

Req ID: 23781

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary



Overview of ASD related postdoctoral training:

The Center for Autism Research (CAR) was established by CHOP and Penn to coordinate, sponsor and support state-of-the-art research into understanding the causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  Studies focus on diagnosis, development, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, genetics, clinical intervention trials, and neuroimaging of individuals with ASD and related disorders. Non-clinical and clinical researchers are co-located in our Center, and there are multiple opportunities for cross-discipline discussion around clinical and research topics.  This provides a rich learning environment for fellows interested in pursuing a career in clinical work, research, or a combination.


This two-year clinical postdoctoral fellowship offers specialty experiences in ASD diagnostic evaluations and assessment, in individuals of all levels of functioning (including minimally verbal), and age (infancy through adulthood).  A key goal is for the fellow to obtain the clinical and supervisory experience needed for licensure. In addition to clinical hours needed for licensure, fellows also have the opportunity to supervise junior trainees such as predoctoral interns and graduate student externs.  There are also opportunities to participate in parent trainings and community presentations, and sometimes in intervention or intervention studies.  Participation in research study development, implementation, and publication is also possible based on the fellow’s career goals, level of experience, and available opportunities.




Significant experience in cognitive testing of individuals with a wide range of behavioral presentations

Experience working with individuals with ASD

Exposure to diagnostic procedures is preferred

Knowledge of the ADOS-2 and ADI-R is a plus


In particular for 2019-2021, we are conducting several studies focused on identifying electrophysiological signatures of language impairment in ASD, conducted through the Lurie Family Foundations’ Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Center in the Department of Radiology. In addition, we have studies of innovative treatments in partnership with industry, development and assessment of novel outcome measures, motor and social synchrony across multiple conditions, and deep phenotyping of various conditions.  The fellow will have the opportunity to conduct clinical, neuropsychological, and diagnostic evaluations for some combination of these on-going studies.  


Our study participants receive comprehensive clinical evaluations and then participate in various experimental protocols or procedures.  Fellows will conduct evaluations and provide feedback for families, may help the team support experimental components, and will participate in broader training and scholarly activities within the Center for Autism Research (e.g., lab meetings, journal clubs, clinical group supervision).  While the training opportunities will include a heavy emphasis on diagnosis and assessment of ASD, candidates with an interest in language development, co-occurring conditions (ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and intellectual disability), infant development, and neuropsychological functioning more broadly will have a particularly strong overlap with ongoing projects.

Required Education and Experience

  • A terminal degree PhD, MD, DVM, etc.
  • According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Fellowship length is typically 2 years, but a 1 year position can be negotiated, depending on prior experience and training goals. Fellow’s stipend is commensurate with the current NIH-salary guidelines for post-doctoral trainees.  The position is full-time and includes participation in CHOP’s benefits program.  All applicants must have: (1) attended an APA-accredited doctoral program; (2) completed an APA-accredited internship; and (3) completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to beginning the fellowship.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity, please email your CV and cover letter to Dr. Judith Miller at and submit your application via job posting on the CHOP Careers website.


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