Scientist
Children's Hospital Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

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Requirements:
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES/REGISTRATIONS
Licensed/License eligible as a clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Ph.D./Psy.D. in professional psychology, with experience focused on children under the age of 18 years, and some experience with adults. Satisfactory completion of APA-accredited program and pre-doctoral internship. Preference will be given to candidates with a history of active and productive involvement in clinical research, with previous peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations at regional and national meetings. Previous experience writing IRB protocols and working on research teams toward the successful completion of research protocols is preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
• Broad knowledge of neuropsychology is required
• Knowledge psychological assessment techniques with children and families is required
• Knowledge of behavioral methodology and principles is strongly preferred
• Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English is required
• Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team is required
• Critical analysis and problem solving skills are required
• Ability to work independently, as well as to work collaboratively with others in small assessment teams and small research teams is required
• Willingness to work flexible hours with occasional weekend hours and early evening hours may be required
• Excellent technical writing and presentation skills are required
• History of peer reviewed publication and first authored presentations at national or international meetings is preferred
• Knowledge of statistical analyses and basic skills with one or more statistical software packages.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.
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Job Description:
The Inflammatory Brain Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is currently conducting research that is designed to improve our understanding of the effects of multiple sclerosis and related disorders on cognition. We are recruiting a PhD level scientist experienced in measuring behaviors and skills in children with neurologic diseases. This position is for expert behavioral scientists interested in measurement issues and research on demyelinating phenotypes, such as multiple sclerosis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. The Inflammatory Brain Program is recruiting study participants into an assortment of interrelated studies, each aimed at understanding the relationship between clinical risk factors and cognitive or behavioral capabilities, with some studies also looking at the intervening contributions of brain structure and function. We are seeking a Scientist with expertise in behavioral and cognitive measurement procedures to be directly involved in a range of research studies involving direct measurement of child and adult study participants. This position is designed for a doctoral level licensed psychologist who has completed a post-doctoral residency/fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and has advanced training and experience in the diagnosis and cognitive-behavioral assessment of children and young adults.. The successful applicant will be expected to take a lead assessment role in one or more phenotyping projects, and to contribute independent scholarship in partnership with CHOP based Penn faculty, who typically are the project’s Principal Investigator (PI). This position requires two sets of related skills:

1) Ability to conduct and oversee (e.g., supervise postdoctoral fellows or other trainees) comprehensive behavioral and cognitive assessments of individuals across the lifespan for purposes of clinical phenotyping, in accordance with the given research protocol. Preference will be given to individuals with experience working with a multidisciplinary team (preferably in a university or medical research setting), and experience supervising trainees at various levels. This role also includes administering and scoring a broad range of traditional assessments (e.g., diagnostic, cognitive, language, neuropsychological, adaptive, etc), as well as some experimental measures. Research studies include children and young adults of all ages; thus the Scientist needs prior experience with a broad range of ages. It is important that the behavioral scientist have experience with psychiatric co-morbidities (e.g., anxiety, intellectual disability, sleep problems), and best practices for school-based interventions and other related treatments. The Scientist will also be expected to train and monitor the research work of students working in projects related to demyelination.

2) The ability to contribute scientifically and intellectually, with originality and creativity, to the design and implementation of research projects. The Scientist is expected make specific contributions to behavioral measurement/phenotyping components of research projects. Duties include (a) assisting with designing behavioral measurement protocols; (b) developing and implementing standards of practice for behavioral experimental procedures with minimal guidance from the study PI; (c) assisting the study team with data analyses and interpretation (d) assisting the study team with abstract and poster or slide preparation for scientific conference presentations and with manuscript preparation for publication in refereed journals, including assuming the lead authorship role for some projects, and (e) assisting PIs in the preparation of grant proposals for external funding and the IRB protocols pertaining to those grant funded studies.

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Since our start...