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Hillcrest Medical Center
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#112832 Staff Research Associate

Initial Review Date: Fri 11/12/2021

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 and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This is a UC San Diego Internal Recruitment open to UCSD and UCSD Health System Staff Only

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/08/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/12/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at UC San Diego was established in 1977 and became a full academic department at the University in 2013. With over 80 full-time faculty, the UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) provides care for nearly 150,000 patients annually at three Emergency Departments - level 1 trauma center, NIH Cancer Center, and rural critical access hospital. The Department has robust programs in education, clinical training, and research. Most recently, the Senior Emergency Care Unit (SECU) at the La Jolla ED received the first tier one accreditation by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians in the western United States.

Under general supervision, the Staff Research Associate will support DEM Research efforts by coordinating and working on multiple studies and projects. They will maintain ongoing direct contact with multiple PIs, other faculty co-investigators, and support staff across departments and institutions to ensure the successful completion of projects. Incumbent acts as a critical member of the research team, providing original ideas of importance to study planning, development, study design, project management, study implementation and conduct.

Incumbent will also assist with grant writing and will author and coauthor scientific presentations and manuscripts. Additional support efforts will include conducting interventions and data collection activities as specified by research protocols, maintain accurate records, prepare study-related reports, manage submissions to UCSD’s Institutional Review Board, maintain relevant databases and will perform intermediate to advanced statistical analysis and interpretation. They will also lead in the developments and implementation of ED-based telehealth projects.


  • Advanced theoretical knowledge as typically attained by a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience summarizing and presenting data in formal and informal settings.

  • Demonstrated organizational and management skills.

  • Experience manipulating raw data and applying advanced statistical practices to provide meaningful information.

  • Working knowledge of medical and scientific terminology.

  • Proven leadership, strategic planning, and management skills necessary to oversee all phases of research projects. Strong problem solving and decision-making skills, and the ability to use independent judgement and respond effectively to unexpected events or changes with innovative solutions.

  • Ability to organize, interpret, evaluate and present research findings in a variety of formats, including scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, oral presentations, posters, and popular media.

  • Solid knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs.


  • Experience writing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Experience writing scientific manuscripts for scholarly publications.
  • Ability to contribute original ideas in the development of study aims, study design, measurement selection and required study implementation.
  • Experience with research design and analysis considerations for scientific evaluations.
  • Experience in research protocol procedures, including: study feasibility, study activation and IRB processes, and qualification procedures.
  • Experience using SPSS Statistics and a working knowledge of SQL.
  • Experience with telehealth-related projects.
  • Experience conducting subject recruitment in a clinical setting, including obtaining informed consent and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Experience with all aspects of research projects and clinical trials.
  • Experience managing complex, interdisciplinary clinical research studies.
  • Master’s Degree and experience in health services, healthcare informatics, and clinical research.
  • Experience performing clinical research duties in a clinical research environment such as an academic research institution and/or a research hospital.


  • Must have valid California Driver’s License and acceptable driving record and vehicle insurance with access to reliable transportation.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be available for working according to variable schedules including occasional weekends.
  • Must be able to work occasional overtime and/or flexible hours.
  • Must be willing to travel off-site.

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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