Oregon Health & Science University

Clinical Research Associate

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Clinical Psychology
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU Department of Psychiatry, part of the OHSU Brain Institute, focuses on providing excellent clinical treatment to our patients, leading innovative research, and offering hands-on training for the next generation of psychiatrists. Our specialists care for people of every culture and background and it is our mission to value and show appreciation for diversity, showing respect for all people who we treat, teach, and serve. The INSPIRE lab works on research to characterize brain structure and functional organization during early, foundational periods of development. We seek to identify key pathways through which the environment influences the developing brain and risk for subsequent psychiatric disorders. We employ multiple methods in this work, including structural and functional MRI beginning with infants and mothers, and clinical intervention as a means of testing causal hypothesis and increasing translation between basic science and clinical applications. The overarching goal of this research is to prevent psychiatric disorders and support healthy brain development.

Function/Duties of Position

This position supports studies with pregnant people and their children in the areas of neurodevelopment, behavior, learning, environmental factors, substance exposure, and cognitive functioning under the direction of Elinor Sullivan, Ph.D.


We have an opening for an energetic and highly motivated full-time project coordinator who will oversee the day-to-day operations of several NIH funded longitudinal studies. The incumbent will be heavily involved in overseeing the recruitment, screening, and scheduling of study participants to ensure that recruitment targets are achieved, as well as oversight of the project, including written interactions with both the NIH and local IRB. The incumbent will oversee the project as a point of contact for families interested in the study.


The majority of duties will include:

  • preparing and maintaining regulatory documentation (i.e., IRB),
  • overseeing data collection visits with participants including biological specimen collection, behavioral assessment, electroencephalograms (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with children, recruitment of participants, scheduling visits and collection.
  • They will also be responsible for the training and oversight of other staff members performing these duties.
  • They will be in charge of administrative-related tasks for the project, including data management, data entry, data analysis, and other general office duties in support of the goals of the study.
  • Other duties will include assisting with budget projections, preparing project progress reports, written reports, publications, abstracts, project proposals, and presentations, conducting research of literature to develop or improve research techniques, presenting research material/findings to fellow researchers.
  • Essential qualifications include multi-tasking, dependability, attention to detail, and ability to work at a fast paced, timely manner. Skilled at oral, email, and written communication. 

The individual must be able to interact and communicate effectively with participants, study staff and OHSU investigators and collaborators. Previous experience working with mothers and infants in a research setting is desired.  Intermediate computer experience with Word and Excel, is preferred.  Interest in mental health or healthcare is required.

Required Qualifications


  • Master’s degree with major courses in Psychology, Biology, Social work or a related field and 3 years of relevant experience, OR
  • Bachelor’s degree with major courses in field of Biology or Psychology or a related field and 5 years of relevant experience.  


  • Three years prior research experience working with human participants. 

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Ability to communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats.
  • Ability to work both independently, in a small group setting, and one-on-one with collaborators  in a positive and productive manner, and to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff and collaborators.
  • Demonstrated independence and competence to perform data management and analysis of research finding, including use of spreadsheets, graphics and statistical programs.
  • Ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate research protocols with other staff.
  • Organizational skills and careful attention to details to satisfactorily perform job duties.
  • Project management and quality control skills.
  • Organizational and time management skills sufficient to prioritize work demands, and to coordinate and document research and work protocols with other staff. 
  • High level of self-motivation and integrity.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Previous experience working with women and children in a research setting is desired.  


  • Experience acting as a research project coordinator.

  • Experience with research involving vulnerable populations.

  • Experience with responding to clinical alerts and mandated reporting.  

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Experience with REDCap data tool is highly desired.
  • Project coordination experience is a plus.
  • Ability to oversee a research team. Demonstrated experience in problem solving.

  • Ability to contribute to writing scientific papers and IRB protocols.

Additional Details

A regular work schedule will be assigned and must be maintained. The candidate will be required to perform weekend and evening work as needed to complete the goals of the study.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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