Research Assistant, Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

May 4, 2022

The Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) ranks fourth in the national for pediatric orthopaedic programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. Our center consists of a multispecialty team of orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic nurses, physician assistants, oncologists, rehabilitation experts, prosthetists, physical therapists and biomedical engineers. Our providers treat children with all types of pediatric orthopaedic conditions such as complex spinal deformities, trauma, hip disorders and preservation, neuromuscular, congenital anomalies, limb deformities, and others.

The COC has a current opening for a research assistant (RA) position. The RA position offers the opportunity to conduct mentored clinical research and gain exposure to the practice pediatric orthopaedics through patient interaction. The RA will contribute to various projects throughout the department, including those related to hip disorders, neuromuscular disorders, scoliosis/spinal deformity, sports medicine, hand & microsurgery, and trauma. This position will also support the Director of our Center for Achievement of Teens and Children with Hand Differences (CATCH) Program.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participates in assessing study eligibility and screening and recruitment endeavors for research studies
  • Obtains informed consent from subjects for the various research studies
  • Enters qualitative and/or quantitative data into project databases and ensures integrity and accuracy of data and adheres to all procedures related to the protection of subject’s rights
  • Manages files for research projects/studies
  • Provides quality assurance checks on data and protocols.
  • Researches data pertaining to manuscript, grant, and abstract preparation
  • Assists with writing manuscripts, grant applications, abstracts, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Assists the CATCH Director
  • Assists with coordinating holiday events
  • Processes scholarships to eligible participants
  • Recruits and enrolls participants in camps and classes being offered

Other educational opportunities include:

  • Mentoring and career discussions with practicing physicians, and shadowing if/when pandemic-related policies allow
  • Attend staff conferences and lectures

Dates: June 8, 2020 – July 3, 2021 (start/end date may be flexible)

Location: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Hours: Full time (40 hours per week)

Support: Paid

Minimum Qualifications/Work Experience/Education 

  • 1+ years of research related experience
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet skills
  • Ability to speak and understand Spanish preferred but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Application Materials: Please submit the following (in PDF format) to Kelleen (Kelly) Lopez, kelopez@chla.usc.edu

  • Resume or CV
  • 1-page cover letter detailing your interest and experience in medicine and research
  • 2 Professional References