Children's Mercy KC

Research Assoc PhD

Requisition ID
Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date
11 months ago(10/19/2020 12:40 PM)
Posting Category
Day shift
Work Type
Full Time 60-80
Work Days
FLSA Status
Location : Name
Recruiter : Full Name: First Last
Julie Aust
Recruiter : Email

Thanks for your interest in Children's Mercy!

Do you envision finding a meaningful role with an inclusive and compassionate team? At Children’s Mercy, we believe in making a difference in the lives of all children and shining a light of hope to the patients and families we serve. Our employees make the difference, which is why we have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top pediatric hospital, for eleven consecutive years.


Children’s Mercy is in the heart of Kansas City – a metro abounding in cultural experiences, vibrant communities and thriving businesses. This is where our patients and families live, work and play. This is a community that has embraced our hospital and we strive to say thanks by giving back. As a leader in children’s health, we engage in meaningful programs and partnerships throughout the region so that we can improve the lives of children beyond the walls of our hospital.




The purpose of this position is to support the acquisition and use of autism/developmental phenotypic information for the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine's new repository.


At Children’s Mercy, we are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcomed within our walls. A successful candidate for this position will join us as we strive to create a workplace that reflects the community we serve, as well as our core values of kindness, curiosity, inclusion, team and integrity.



Additionally, it’s important to us that we remain transparent with all potential job candidates. Because we value the safety of the patients and families we serve, as well as the Children’s Mercy staff, we want to let you know that the seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are a condition of employment for all employees in our organization. New employees must be willing to be vaccinated if found non-immune to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and chicken pox (varicella) and/or without evidence of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination since 2005. If you become a finalist for this position, and have any concerns about receiving these vaccines, medical and/or religious exemptions can be further discussed with Human Resources.



  • Administer/score psychological assessment tools commonly used for individuals with autism/neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g., Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Mullen Scales of Early Learning, Differential Ability Scales, Wechsler instruments, Vineland Adaptive Behavior scales).
  • Develop, manage and perform analyses using a neurodevelopmental psychological assessment database.
  • Coordinate with Genome Center and Children’s Mercy Research Institute colleagues to develop translational research products (presentations, manuscripts, grants) focused on autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and may include recruitment/consenting of participants, project coordination duties, and assistance on other projects aligned with the Genome center.


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or related field
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience (pre/postdoctoral)
      • Expertise in administration of psychological tests; data/project management and statistical analysis
  • A high level of understanding of psychological assessment for neurodevelopmental disabilities, data management, and written/oral communication skills. Candidates with expertise in autism/genetics, statistical analysis, and research writing skills are especially encouraged to apply
  • Familiarity with relevant software/platforms for complex statistical analyses, data management, and/or gene data analysis (e.g., QRT-PCR and gene microarray analysis)
  • Software Application Skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)

EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet

Children’s Mercy hires individuals based on their job skills, expertise and ability to maintain professional relationships with fellow employees, patients, parents and visitors. A personal interview, formal education and training, previous work experience, references and a criminal background investigation all are factors used to select the best candidates. The hospital does not discriminate against prospective or current employees based on the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry or veteran status. A drug screen will be performed upon hire. Children’s Mercy is smoke and tobacco free.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our patients and families come from all walks of life, and so do we. We know that our greatest strengths come from the people who make up our team so we hire qualified people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger and our patient care more compassionate.

If you share our values and our enthusiasm for service, you will find a home at CM. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring, including education, ideas, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability and beliefs.


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