Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Deadline: 04 Oct 2021

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The UW AUTISM Center (UWAC) is devoted to supporting families affected by AUTISM spectrum disorders through exceptional clinical services, innovative scientific research and high quality training. UWAC is part of the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington and incorporates faculty and staff from the UW School of Medicine, College of Arts & Sciences, and College of Education.

The UW Autism Center currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Study Assistant. to perform various research-related functions in support of the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) at the University of Washington Autism Center (UWAC). This is a 2-year, full-time position, with the possibility for longer commitment, as funding permits. This position will be located at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD).

Duties & Responsibilities

The research study assistant will, under supervision, recruit, screen, schedule, and conduct interviews for IBIS. The RSA will also monitor study progress and assist with gathering and compiling data, data entry, and day-to-day study operations.  The RSA will work directly with individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. The RSA will also work amongst a team of professionals, including licensed psychologists, graduate students, technical support staff, research coordinators, and undergraduate assistants/volunteers.

• Serve as primary contact with study participants; explain purpose of research study and protocols; answer participants' questions regarding study protocol; Screen prospective participants; schedule participants for research visits; conduct interviews according to established protocol; Extract medical and/or behavioral information from institution or clinical records of research participants; Review and explain consent forms, questionnaires, and surveys with prospective subjects;

• Maintain confidentiality of subject records; Assist in recording behavior of subjects using sound and video-tape equipment; Gather, record, organize, and verify the accuracy of research study data; prepare data for computer input; enter data; set up research files and tracking database; Assist in modifying data collection forms; survey and summarize relevant literature; Assist in the preparation of human subjects’ applications, consent forms and progress reports for institutional review board;

• Interview and direct the work of assigned staff (e.g., undergraduate research assistants, temporary study assistants) including orientation to lab protocols and assigning duties (recording sessions, assisting with sessions, data entry/preparation);

• Inventory and order supplies; Perform related duties as required

Requirements include:

• Two years of college-level course work in a relevant academic area AND one year of appropriate experience

OR equivalent education/experience.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Comfortable interacting with children and individuals with disabilities.
• Willing to work flexible hours and some weekends.
• Excellent organizational, problem-solving and time management skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Quick learner.
• Ability to multi-task and work in fast-paced environment.
• Knowledge about autism and early development. Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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