Research & Registry

Registry Associate

Currently Accepting Applications 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications due Jan. 28, 2022

The CARRA Registry Associate requires 20% effort for one year. The position may be eligible for a one year renewal, depending on availability of funds and/or productivity. This opportunity is supported through funds received via our partnership with the Arthritis Foundation.

The CARRA Registry is a multi-center observational registry that supports data collection on patients with pediatric-onset rheumatic diseases. It is utilized to answer pressing questions regarding pediatric rheumatic diseases, including drug safety. The Associate position is designed to immerse the applicant in the operational, scientific and leadership aspects of the CARRA Registry. This is a unique opportunity for the associate to interact intensively with the CARRA Registry leadership team, other Associates and early investigators, and to learn skills and gain knowledge that will enrich pediatric rheumatology research and practice.

Requirements and Responsibilities

The CARRA Registry Associate will:

  • Work directly with the Director of the CARRA Registry Associate program (Marinka Twilt)
  • Be mentored by the CARRA Registry Scientific Director (Tim Beukelman) and by the Registry PI’s (Yuki Kimura and Laura Schanberg)
  • Work with the CARRA Registry team to learn site management and registry study finances
  • Actively participate in bimonthly Registry Operations team calls (2nd Monday of each month at 11:00 am ET), Registry Associate conference calls (once per month), and occasional colloquia or program workshops
  • Attend the CARRA Annual Meeting, the annual CARRA Registry Site Retreat, and the annual Registry Operations Team Retreat, as well as any additional meetings regarding the CARRA Registry
  • Be responsible for preparing manuscripts, abstracts, and delivering presentations in support of the CARRA Registry as directed by the Registry team and based on the Associate’s own interests
  • Engage in service projects assigned by Registry leadership and associate-directed projects approved by leadership
  • Develop goals and timeline for Year One of this position, and provide a final Year One plan by Aug. 1, 2022
  • Provide written quarterly progress reports
  • Be required to acknowledge their position in any publications that result from work related to the registry done during their tenure


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. Junior and mid-career investigators are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must also have ideas for specific projects they might undertake during their time as a Registry Associate. Please be sure to include this in your application. Project ideas will be refined over the course of the interview process and term as a Registry Associate.


The CARRA Registry and Research Oversight Committee (RROC) will review all applications and interview the top candidates. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process.


This is a one-year position that follows the academic cycle. The position may be eligible for a one-year renewal, depending on availability of funds and/or productivity.

Associates who wish to renew for a second term must submit a renewal request accompanied by a progress report.


The chosen Associate will receive 20% salary support for their time (3 calendar months, $200,000 maximum salary) plus associated fringe and 8% indirects for one year. Percent effort for a second year will be determined during the renewal process.

Application Process

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

  1. NIH Biosketch (maximum limit of 5 pages)
  2. Research Statement: One page (single-spaced, 11-point Arial 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. Research Project Ideas: One page max (single-spaced, 11-point Arial font, 1-inch margins) document describing specific ideas for projects that you might undertake as a Registry Associate.
  4. Institutional Letter of Support: Letter signed by division chief or chair stating that there will be 20% protected effort for these activities.
  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 their institution who has worked with the candidate on CARRA activities.


  • Application process: Maria Vallejo, Research Manager, Registry Operations 
  • Program and potential Registry projects: Marinka Twilt, Director of the CARRA Registry Associate Program