Autism Researcher
UC San Diego Health System - San Diego, CA

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The Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) and Healthy Infant Development Laboratory is dedicated to discovering the causes of autism and paving the way for more effective autism treatment. The ultimate goal of our program is to help families by establishing reliable biomedical indicators that will translate into rapid identification and early treatment for all children who need it.

Under supervision, the Autism Researcher will work as a researcher studying the possible early biological and behavioral indicators of autism. Primary responsibilities will involve subject coordination and recruitment, identification and outreach of potential research subjects; perform data entry tasks as part of a team, and assist in training of student workers in data tasks; monitoring on pediatric referral system, and reporting success. Additional ancillary responsibilities include knowledge and ability to do UC business affairs such as purchasing, travel, and preparation of documents for grant applications and manuscripts. The position will also conduct behavioral experiments with infants, entry and reporting of clinical data, as well as the ability to use and generate queries from a database under direction from PIs and lab manager. Incumbent will be responsible for creating periodic progress reports to include subject intake data and compliance rates for 40 pediatric offices throughout San Diego. The Autism Researcher will assist the Lab Manager to coordinate and provide work direction for lab assistants and students as well as further develop lab processes and procedures with the PIs and Lab Manager.

Must also be available for occasional travel to cities outside of San Diego to establish and do data monitoring of physician networks.

Must have access to reliable transportation and be willing to drive to pediatricians' offices throughout San Diego County as well as various Children's Hospital/UCSD Medical Center locations.

  • Degree and experience in Psychology, Human Development, Biology, Public Health or in a related field, combined with 2 or more years of related research experience; or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • Knowledge of the biology and social issues related to autism in order to tactfully deal with topics related to autism research and current events, as well as to assist in the guidance/training of lab assistants and students. Previous experience interacting in a professional manner with children and families of children with special needs (i.e. autism).

  • Working knowledge of structured behavioral experiments and tests of infant research subjects. Demonstrated attention to detail and excellent listening and observation skills. Fluently able to discuss assessments with pediatricians, parents, and colleagues.

  • Working knowledge of study procedures such as blood draws, MRI scans, and other study components in order to explain these procedures to parents, pediatricians and the public. Proven experience and the ability in conducting phone interviews/dispensing information concerning research study in a discreet, professional manner.

  • Solid computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, MS Access, email systems, and a variety of web-based programs. Ability to adapt to both PC and Macintosh platforms. Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and enter accurate data; perform standard computer tasks; and learn new programs/applications with minimal direction. Demonstrated commitment to update/maintain technology skills with relevant computer software. Ability to create and maintain lab training modules using training software.

  • Able to create and maintain accurate databases and filing systems that adapt to a changing work environment, as well as ability to document and explain to others how to use these systems. Also possess ability to train entry level staff and students in gathering, entering, and querying behavioral and biological data.

  • Previous experience in graphic design and able to create figures for use in scientific publication/presentations, and to update on Autism Center web site. Experience working with web pages including making corrections and modifications. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, MS Powerpoint, Adobe Illustrator, and Graphic Converter.

  • Demonstrated experience planning events in order to plan and facilitate seminars, assemble packages, and collect, record, and analyze seminar evaluation data. Familiarity and ability to create travel and low value purchase orders.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with strong, demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing to interact with a diverse population of staff, faculty, industry and others. Ability to effectively contribute to discussions regarding procedures and goals of unit.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity / Staff Affirmative Action Employer that values a diverse workforce and provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities.

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