Job Description

Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Psychiatry Fellowship/Edu.
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#109476 Lab Assistant II

Extended Review Date: Wed 9/15/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/01/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/09/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, the incumbent will work as a Laboratory Assistant for psychophysiological and neuropsychological research projects. Specific duties will include: scheduling and screening of human research subjects; data collection and maintenance; assist in conducting psychophysiological and neuropsychological tests on healthy control subjects and subjects with psychiatric diagnoses, measuring heart rate and blood pressure; assisting with testing urine from subjects for toxicology analysis; maintaining equipment and supplies; and keeping adequate copies of written material needed for testing. Incumbent will be required to perform other general laboratory and administrative support as needed.


  • Two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in Psychology, Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience or a related field and one (1) year of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • A valid California Driver's license and vehicle and willingness to drive to different locations in San Diego County.

  • Previous experience working in a research setting involving human subjects, or a clinical setting involving adult patients with mental illness, and knowledge of University Human Research Protection Program guidelines.

  • Good observational skills in order to describe and quantify psychopathology.

  • Excellent and appropriate communication skills in dealing with patients, personnel, staff, faculty, as well as when representing the community.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills to keep accurate, retrievable paper and electronic records, and anticipate (and solve) potential problems. Skill in prioritizing multiple responsibilities and tasks.

  • Strong basic computer skills using PC and Macintosh such as word processing and data entry using Microsoft Word, Excel and statistical programs (e.g. Statview).


  • Experience recruiting human subject research participants.
  • Ability to carefully and accurately administer standardized psychiatric rating scales, interviews, and neuropsychological tests such as the MATRICS Comprehensive Cognitive Battery (MCCB) and Structured Clinical Interview for DSM (SCID).
  • Experience using psychophysiological measures, including electromyography (EMG), and electroencephalography (EEG), in the testing of patients with mental illness.
  • Knowledge and experience working with adult patients with mental illness and the ability to use neuropsychological measures and scales designed for studies of psychiatric populations.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to work overtime or after hours as needed.
  • Must have a valid CA driver's license, acceptable driving record and insurance that meet UCSD requirements.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation for research subject recruitment in multiple sites in San Diego County.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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