Autism Spectrum Disorder – Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Faculty/Clinical Faculty | Medical College - Main Campus | Psychology

The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is recruiting for a two-year, full-time Postdoctoral Psychologist, Research Track for our growing, interdisciplinary program serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan. Our research program seeks to integrate the latest findings in biological, behavioral, and implementation sciences to build effective, accessible treatments for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) – of all ages. 

The research-oriented fellowship seeks doctoral-level clinical psychologists with substantial expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD and a scholarship track-record in neurodevelopment disorders. The fellowship will involve participation in on-going ASD clinical-research studies, support to build an independent research program, and participation in clinical, training, and didactic activities in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Competitive applicants will have established reliability on gold-standard diagnostic assessments (e.g., Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition and the Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised).  Supervision towards clinical licensure will also be available.  Salary will be competitive with NIH stipends with full benefits.  Additional funds for pilot research activities may also be available to competitive applicants.

Rush University Medical Center, located in downtown Chicago, is a national leader in academic medicine.  The Department has been expanding its vibrant research, clinical and educational programs. It is recognized as the only Department of Psychiatry in Chicago ranked as a “high-performer” in US News and World Report. The AARTS Center at Rush is a supportive program with unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating individuals with ASD. Through our clinical, outreach and research cores, the AARTS Center is dedicated to meeting the unmet needs of individuals with ASD and their families across the lifespan.

This postdoctoral fellowship consists of the following components: clinical research, independent research, and didactics. Each is detailed below

Clinical-Research (75%)

  • Conduct diagnostic and study-specific evaluations for research studies
  • Serve as study clinician on intervention trials
  • Support study protocol development and review for new trials
  • Assistant in grant development, preparation and submission
  • Participate in collaborative poster presentations, community presentations, and other scholarship activities
  • Assist in supervision of research coordinators

Independent research (15%)

  • Develop mentorship plan to support independent research program in collaboration with Rush Research Mentoring Program (RRMP)
  • Submit grant applications supporting independent research
  • Scholarship activities supporting independent research program – conference submissions, manuscripts

Didactics (10%)

  • Support community-based outreach events
  • Attend weekly clinic rounds; case conference; departmental grand rounds
  • Teach or co-teach psychiatry residents and fellow courses

Salary & Benefits

  • The position will run from 7/1/2020 to 6/31/2022 (some flexibility on start date)
  • Salary consistent with NIH standards
  • 22 days professional/personal leave
  • LEAP funds, pay for 90% of continuing education expenses up to $1,000.00
  • Low cost health & dental insurance
  • Malpractice insurance paid by University

Interested candidates, please send both a CV and cover letter to:

Allie Wainer, PhD

Research Director, AARTS Center

Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or Protected Veteran status.

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