Madison, WI
May 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 90279-AS

Work Type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 90279-AS

Working Title: Research Specialist


Hiring Department: A348700-VCRGE/WAISMAN/WAISMAN

FTE: 50% - 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JUNE 06, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $30,207 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required, Master's Degree preferred. A degree in Public Health, Psychology, Speech and Language Pathology or a related field is preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Well-qualified applicants will have the following preferred experience and knowledge:
- Previous human subjects' research experience.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Excellent written and verbal communications as well as strong interpersonal skills and organizational skills.
- Experience working with children with autism or other developmental disabilities and their parents.
- Experience administering and scoring the Mullen Scales of Early Learning and Vineland Adaptive
Behavior Scale II assessments.
- Research reliability in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS 2), modules 1, 2 and 3, and
the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) assessments.
- Knowledge of APA (American Psychological Association) standards with relevant coursework.
- Familiarity with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards and federal biohazard
shipping regulations.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain excellent rapport with families while remaining on task to collect data.

It is required that the selected individual establishes research reliability with the ADOS and ADI-R assessments within the first year of their hire date.

Position Summary:

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities,
and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of only 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman
Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.

This position is a part of The Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) in the Epidemiology of Developmental Disabilities, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) work unit, at the Waisman Center. The focus of the SEED project is to conduct a multi-site collaborative epidemiologic study to investigate risk and casual factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and phenotypic subgroups of ASD using a population-based, case-control study design. Over the course of the study, the six sites (Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin) will each enroll approximately 600 children to address specific hypothesis in six broad domains: 1) the ASD phenotype 2) infection and immune function, including autoimmunity 3) reproductive and hormonal features 4) gastrointestinal features 5) genetic features and 6) socio-demographic features.

The Research Specialist will be responsible for coordinating clinic visits and assessments for SEED participants. Specific tasks will include administering and scoring developmental assessments, collecting and entering data, tracking specimens, as well as assisting with recruitment, quality control and outreach activities.

Additional Information:

A Criminal Background Check will be performed.

Some travel within the state of Wisconsin may be required. A valid driver's license that meets UW Risk Management standards is required for the purpose of driving fleet vehicles for source work outside of the Madison area, or the incumbent must provide his/her own transportation. A pre-hire driving check will be performed.


Melissa Henning
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. You will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter and list of references.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

Advertised: 18 May 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 1 Jun 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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