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$48,900 - $68,000 /year
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#110096 HR Generalist 2

Extended Deadline: Tue 9/21/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/24/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/28/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date: 6/29/21.


Physics is a prominent, highly-ranked, and research-intensive department at UC San Diego, with 400+ employees, annual expenditures of roughly $30M, annual course enrollment greater than 16K, and over 140K square feet of space in 8 campus buildings. Research and instructional activity occurs over an unusually broad range of disciplinary areas, including: astrophysics & astronomy, atomic/molecular physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, controlled fusion & plasma physics, elementary particle physics, nanoscience, and nonlinear dynamics.

Research activity occurs both on-campus and in multiple off-campus locations, including: U.S. National Laboratories such as Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, and LANL (Los Alamos National Lab); observatories throughout the world; Antarctica; and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland. Research collaborations frequently involve other U.S. and international universities, National Labs; research institutes such as The Scripps Research Institute and the Salk Institute; and/or companies such as SAIC and General Atomics. Sponsored research activities are funded by 40-50 different funding agencies, including NSF, NIH, DOE, DOD, and AFOSR.

Instruction occurs at multiple levels. With approximately 150 students, the doctoral program has a flexible and broad-based curriculum which leads to a Ph.D. in Physics or a Ph.D. in Physics with a Specialization in Biophysics. With nearly 600 Physics majors, the undergraduate major program is one of the most productive in the nation. Students may obtain B.S. degrees with optional specializations in Astrophysics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Earth Sciences, or Materials Physics, or B.A. degrees with an optional specialization in Secondary Education. A unique 5-year contiguous program leading to a B.S./M.S. in Materials Physics is also available. Lower division courses allow students to satisfy their general education requirements and serve as foundational courses for students majoring in the sciences and engineering.

Applies professional human resources, organization policies and procedures to provide guidance to supervisors and managers to resolve a variety of human resources issues of moderate scope and complexity. Inform/counsel both academic and non-academic employees about HR issues including appointments, payroll, benefits issues such as eligibility, costs, workers comp, FMLA, etc. Responsible for HR-related tasks including timekeeping, appointments and reappointments, employee on-boarding and exit for department staff, researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and students.

Overtime may be required.


  • Experience performing job analysis and developing job descriptions for professional, technical, research support, administrative, and/or clerical positions. Includes knowledge of classification principles/policies/practices and appropriate compensation levels.

  • At least five (5) years of substantive personnel administration experience in a large and complex organization (preferably at a research university or other educational institution), or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations; demonstrates organizational skills and problem-solving skills. Has working knowledge of other areas of HR.

  • Thorough knowledge of organizational policies and procedures and knowledge of functional area.

  • Knowledge of human resources policies and programs, and how they affect other organizational policies and procedures.

  • Knowledge of a human resources management system (HRMS), and/or other related business software programs and systems.

  • Proficient in communicating clearly and effectively verbally and in writing and in integrating information in the completion of assignments.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and to exercise discretion.

  • Solid problem-solving and conflict resolution skills, including the skill to analyze complex and sometimes unprecedented situations, to identify a range of ethical and policy-compliant alternatives, and to negotiate agreements.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a diverse group of individuals, using tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity; ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with employees, faculty, managers, supervisors and campus administrators.

  • Ability to act independently and to exercise sound judgment, with the acumen and sensitivity to accurately identify those decisions and activities which require collaboration with others and/or higher level consultation.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

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

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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