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Research Specialist II

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 18, 2023

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time

Research Specialist II

Req No: 2023-15197
Category: Research/Project
Type: Full-Time Contract
Salary: $29.00 per hour
Close Date:

This position is open to current SDSU Research Foundation Employees and applications and the application period will close on 4:30 pm on March 28, 2023.

The Brain Development Imaging Laboratories (BDIL; is an innovative clinical research collaborative co-directed by Drs. Ruth Carper and Inna Fishman. The BDIL is funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies to identify neurobiological (brain-based) and behavioral markers of autism spectrum and other related developmental disorders. We implement developmental, diagnostic, and neuropsychological assessments and state-of-the-art multi-modal brain imaging techniques (anatomical, functional, and diffusion MRI) to understand how ASD manifests across the lifespan, from the 1st years of life through mid- and late adulthood.

Under the direction of Drs. Ruth Carper, Inna Fishman, and Annika Linke, the Clinical Research Associate will work as part of the research team which includes faculty, clinicians, research staff and graduate and undergraduate trainees at the SDSU Brain Development Imaging Laboratories supporting clinical research studies.

The Clinical Research Associate is responsible for but not limited to:
  • Conduct psychological (cognitive, psychodiagnostics, developmental, and neuropsychological) assessments with children and/or adults with or without developmental disorders (65%)
  • Monitor and supervise data entry and quality assurance through data capturing databases (15%)
  • Lead community outreach efforts aimed at participant recruitment and retention (5%)
  • Other duties in support of the ongoing research: (10%)
    • Assist with management of IRB protocols and other regulatory compliance
    • Train new research personnel
    • Administrative tasks
  • Assist with MRI data acquisition as necessary (5%)
    • The person in this position may be trained as an MRI Operator

Knowledge and Abilities
  • Familiarity / experience with standardized psychodiagnostics testing.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with community members (children or adults with or without autism, and their family members), individuals with disabilities, service providers, healthcare professionals, state and local agencies, and a multi-disciplinary team of investigators, staff, and trainees.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong phone and interview skills.
Required Experience/Education
  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year university
  • Two years of experience in technical research or statistical work experience

  • MA/MS degree in psychology, allied health sciences, or related field
  • Experience working with individuals with autism or other developmental disorders (adults and/or children)
  • Prior experience with scientific communication (poster or conference presentations, contributions to grant writing
  • Experience with project coordination
  • Experience with database and data capturing software (e.g., REDCap) or electronic health records (EHR)
  • Experience with data analysis, including working in R
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional weekend and evening hours, to accommodate outreach events and/or data collection

  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

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