Clin Research Assistant Center for Autism Research (CAR)

Req ID: 17923

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 68 people in the United States. Most studies at CAR involve behavioral evaluations, brain imaging or other experimental paradigms, interventions, and/or genetics, and are aimed at treating or explaining the underlying mechanisms of this complex disorder. There are also some studies evaluating the developmental course of ASD with large, existing datasets. 

We are seeking a full-time Clinical Research Assistant I (CRA I) to collaborate on a series of clinical research studies at CAR that involve (but are not necessarily limited to) evaluating newly discovered genetic differences that add risk for ASD and other developmental problems, evaluating the efficacy of new treatments or new measures of social skills, and engaging with CHOP’s medical records to track the developmental course of children with ASD. The ideal candidate is highly organized, has excellent people skills, is self-motivated and curious, and possesses a strong desire to help others through conducting rigorous clinical research. Project coordination will be a key part of this position, requiring the CRA to organize workflows, oversee a small number of work-study students, effectively assign and monitor multiple tasks simultaneously, and create progress reports.


CRA duties may include but will not be limited to: assisting in all aspects of participant recruitment, including contacting parents to obtain their consent, scheduling visits and data collection calls, distributing consent forms, and maintaining accurate records; collecting data on youth and adults in the lab, CHOP clinics, and in the community (one-on-one testing of research participants); administering phone-based standardized screenings or tests; organizing data from collected through paper and pencil or online questionnaires and tests, reviewing medical records and abstracting relevant data for studies; compiling and reducing large quantities of data under the direction of the principal investigators; performing data entry, coding and analysis, entering testing data into databases and/or spreadsheets, statistical analysis of data using statistical software (e.g., R, Python, 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 clinical and developmental psychologists, computer programmers and scientists, and physicians. 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 Clinical 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, child development, pre-med, or similar field, with some prior research experience preferred.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other neurodevelopmental or psychiatric disorders, and their families or service-providers, is preferred.
  • Experience working in, or coordinating with, schools is preferred.
  • Knowledge, experience, and comfort with basic troubleshooting for technologies, including iPad and iPhone apps, network connectivity, etc., 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, and database software (especially REDCap) 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.
  • A driver’s license and ability to travel for study visits that are conducted in schools within Pennsylvania and New Jersey is preferred. Frequent day-travel (approximately 2-3 days per week) is anticipated (all tolls and mileage will be reimbursed at the IRS-approved mileage rate).

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

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

  BA/BS in a related field

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  BA/BS in a related field

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Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
Full time
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146, US