Rocking Moon Research and Advocacy Scholar Opportunity @ The Gender and Autism Program at Children’s National

The Gender and Autism Program at Children’s National is the first clinical and research initiative dedicated to the needs of autistic transgender individuals. The intersection of autism and gender diversity is common: ~11% of transgender/gender diverse people are autistic.

We are thrilled to announce a full-time foundation-funded Scholar position for an ambitious young researcher at the post-bac, post-masters, or postdoc level. The Rocking Moon Research and Advocacy Scholar will develop national and international research advocacy products to support the wellbeing of autistic transgender people.

Embedded within our interdisciplinary clinical research program, the Scholar will develop novel research efforts with this population. The position is designed to advance the Scholar’s development of research, clinical, and advocacy skills. There is flexibility in how the position is designed; it can be personalized/adjusted to meet the needs—and skillsets—of top applicants. Ideally, the applicant will have: (1) a strong interest in autism and gender diversity and a wish to specialize in work with this population, (2) experience with broad research methods and statistics, and (3) an interest in using research to support advocacy and change at the local, national, and international levels. A minimum of a B.S. or B.A. is required, but applicants with more advanced training are also welcome. A solid background in psychology, biology, and/or health sciences is preferred.

General activities for the Scholar include: design of research methods for linking clinical and research programs, clinical assessment, and integration with advocacy organizations to develop plans for dissemination of recommendations. The Scholar will participate in grant preparation, data analysis, and development of manuscripts. Authorship and co-authorship on publications will be strongly encouraged and supported.

Salary is extremely competitive. Applications are being accepted immediately for a summer/fall start date. Children’s National Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. Our Center/Program is in Rockville Maryland, close to Washington, DC.

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume addressed to:

Dr. John Strang Director, Gender and Autism Program at Children’s National Hospital These application materials should be emailed to Lucy McClellan (Research Coordinator).


  • Paid job
  • Professional development
  • Post-graduation