Research Officer position in Melbourne

Located at the new Melbourne Brain Centre in Heidelberg, the Collaborative Autism Study undertakes clinical and genetic research into autism spectrum disorders. The Research Officer will be involved with the recruitment of volunteers to both the Collaborative Autism Study database and the family study. This process requires clinical phenotyping of participants, cognitive testing, in-depth phone and face-to-face interviews about individual and family medical and developmental history and family pedigrees. Data is collected primarily by questionnaire, and stored on a database, requiring a high degree of accuracy and care in the collection and collation of study data. Other duties include co-ordination of appointments and investigations, liaison with other involved professional bodies, and applications for medical information. Assistance will also be required with the writing of grants, research reports, and preparation of materials for presentation. With experience, the successful applicant will take a leading role in presenting data for publication or presentation.

This position is primarily located at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Heidelberg however one day a week at The Geelong Hospital is required to conduct face-to-face interviews.

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Hello. My name's Jon Brock. I'm a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the ARC Centre for Cognition and its Disorders and the Departments of Cognitive Science and Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. My research focuses on cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in developmental disorders including autism, Williams syndrome, and Down syndrome. Publications can be downloaded here. My CV (pdf) can be downloaded here. As well as this blog, I've also written for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, and The Conversation. Translations of some of my posts can be found on the Spanish-language website Autismo Diario. This blog is for interest only and should not be seen as a substitute for professional advice. Opinions expressed are my own (at the time of writing).

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