Research & Registry

Assistant Scientific Director



Closed for applications

The Assistant Scientific Director (ASD) is a key member of the leadership team responsible for driving the Registry's scientific direction and fulfilling its goal of understanding the long-term outcomes and the long- and short-term safety and effectiveness of the medications used to treat pediatric rheumatic diseases. The ASD position reports to the Scientific Director. The ASD will work closely with the Scientific Director and the Operations Lead at the DCRI (the Registry's Coordinating Center), to address current and potential issues with the conduct of the Registry, provide scientific input when needed, and support ongoing partnership development with pharmaceutical partners. The ASD must have great attention to detail, be solutions-driven, and be motivated by a collaborative research environment. 

The Assistant Scientific Director will hold a non-voting seat on the CARRA Research and Registry Oversight Committee, the Board-appointed body that oversees the Registry, and will participate in related activities and initiatives as required. The position would account for up to 25% of an individual’s time (3 calendar months, $200,000 maximum salary) over a 2-year term with potential for renewal.  


Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Support the Scientific Director and the DCRI Registry Operations Lead to address current and potential issues with the conduct of the Registry, including but not limited to: 
    • Provide scientific input and when appropriate, oversee all analyses and reports produced by DCRI.
    • Plan and participate in grant development furthering CARRA Registry infrastructure and use.
    • Work with CARRA Research Operations team to support pharmaceutical and other potential research collaborations.
    • Provide critical input and planning for the annual Registry retreat, annual meeting at DCRI, Registry-related activities at CARRA Annual Meeting, etc.
    • Engage with relevant agencies (e.g., FDA, EMA, NIH, etc.) on work and collaborations that enhance CARRA’s mission.
    • Work with CARRA Bioinformatics lead to produce feasible and relevant solutions to current and anticipated Registry technological needs.
  • The Assistant Scientific Director will:
    • Serve as a mentor to Registry Associates.
    • Serve as a RROC reviewer for a) Publication Support and b) Data Analysis Support Grants. 
    • Serve as a member of the Data and Sample Sharing Committee.
      • Review all applications for data and assess feasibility, evaluate the process of data sharing and work to improve efficiency and access for applicants. 
    • Work with CARRA Biostatistician and CARRA investigators to help produce high-impact manuscripts.
    • Participate in regular conference calls/meetings which include but are not limited to:
      • Regularly occurring RROC calls (currently weekly)
      • Weekly meetings with DCRI Operations Lead
      • Regularly occurring Registry Associate calls
      • Calls with pharma project teams and leadership as needed for existing studies
  • Travel as representative of CARRA as needed, including but not limited to attending the following meetings as needed:
    • Annual ACR conference for participation in business development meetings with pharmaceutical companies
    • CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting
    • Annual CARRA Registry Investigator and Study Coordinator Retreat 
    • Annual CARRA-DCRI Registry Retreat at DCRI
    • PReS annual conference 
    • Meetings with pharmaceutical companies as needed


  • Applicants must be current CARRA members, have completed a pediatric rheumatology fellowship and be employed as a pediatric rheumatologist in the United States or Canada. An advanced degree and/or training in epidemiology or clinical research is desirable but not required.
  • Previous experience with the CARRA Registry is desirable, including serving as a Registry site PI, holding a CARRA Registry position, authoring Registry publications, supporting development of Registry CRFs, experience applying for and using Registry data, or other experience.
  • Previous experience as a PI of a grant (e.g., CARRA grant, Foundation, NIH, PCORI, etc.) is desired.
  • Publication track record is also desired. 
  • Employees of pharma or biotech companies are not eligible.
  • Applicants for CARRA’s Assistant Scientific Director are also eligible to apply for the Co-PI position, with the understanding that both positions will not be awarded to a single individual. 


  • A Letter of Intent (LOI), which should include a CV, is due by May 24, 2021. Registry leadership will provide a response within one week.
  • Full applications are due by June 18, 2021.
  • CARRA Registry leadership will review all applications and interview the top candidates. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by August 1, 2021.


This is a 2-year position with potential for advancement. There will be an evaluation at the end of the first and second year, and the position may be eligible for renewal depending on availability of the funds and/or productivity. The position would provide up to 25% effort ($200,000 maximum salary) starting September 1, 2021.

Application Process

A Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted and approved prior to application. The LOI should be a one-page signed letter, accompanied by a CV, which includes:

  • Name and institution of investigator
  • Summary of qualifications

Applications must consist of the following materials as individual PDF documents:

  1. NIH Biosketch (maximum limit of 5 pages)
  2. Personal Statement: One-page (single-spaced, 12-point Calibri font, 1-inch margins) statement describing what you hope to contribute and to gain from this experience, as well as how it would fit into your long-term career goals.
  3. Annotated personal bibliography of 3 publications most significant to your research career. 
  4. Institutional Letter of Support: Letter signed by division chief or chair stating the amount of protected effort to be provided for these activities (up to 25%).  
  5. Letter of Recommendation: Signed letter of recommendation from a CARRA member other than the division chief supporting your candidacy.
  6. References: Provide the names and contact information for two references to call. At least one reference must be a CARRA member outside of your institution who has worked with you on CARRA activities.

An application link will be shared with eligible candidates in the LOI response.


Email [email protected] if you have questions about the application process or about the position.