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Research Assistant, SPARK

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New York, New York

160 Fifth Avenue
Full time


SPARK is a national research study supported by the Simons Foundation that aims to recruit, engage and retain a community of 50,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their family members living in the United States. Participation in SPARK involves contribution of medical and behavioral information online, mailing in saliva for genetic analysis, the option to have genetic findings related to autism returned and consenting to be invited to participate in future research studies through the research match program. When and if SPARK identifies a genetic cause for a participant's autism, the individual and his/her family are also invited to join Simons Searchlight, a sister research study focused on genetically defined communities.

Reporting to the Scientific Director of SPARK, the Research Assistant is responsible for supporting the SPARK genomics team in returning genetic results to participants.


  • Support the overall management of returning genetic results to participants
  • Organize and maintain tracking files and documentation required for returning genetic results
  • Monitor key timelines and milestones to ensure that genetic results are returned in a timely manner
  • Coordinate with science writers and other members of the SPARK study team in the coordination and execution of returning genetic results to participants
  • Provide seamless administrative support to the SPARK genomics team by proactively managing upcoming meetings and deadlines and identifying and mitigating challenges
  • Organize research files using online storage tools and project management software
  • Schedule and provide support during meetings; take and distribute meeting minutes.
  • Produce detailed progress reports, summaries and presentations as directed.
  • Participate in SFARI and SPARK team meetings as appropriate
  • Attend conferences and community events with the SPARK study team as required
  • Foster and build positive and effective working relationships within the organization
  • Maintain high standards of professionalism in interactions with external stakeholders
  • Take on special projects as needed



  • Bachelor's degree
  • Curiosity about science is a plus!


  • Two to four years of experience in a research assistant capacity
  • Experience in an academic and/or clinical research environment preferred

Related Skills & Other Requirements

  • Strong administrative and organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to balance workload under deadlines and often competing priorities
  • Sound judgment and discretion
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Professional demeanor
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and to proactively anticipate the needs of the team
  • Ability to understand and interest in subject matter pertinent to the SPARK study
  • Multitasking skills and ability to be flexible when priorities shift
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people
  • Strong computer skills, particularly with email, word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with Google suite tools (Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, etc.) preferred.
  • Experience working with various digital conferencing platforms (e.g., Zoom, Readytalk, Uberconference).
  • Enthusiasm and proactive approach
  • Passion for helping others


  • Please submit a resume and cover letter stating your interest in the position.

The Simons Foundation's Diversity Commitment

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Apr 13 2021
Active Until: 
May 13 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Simons Foundation