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La Jolla
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#113018 Research Associate/Tester

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/3/2021

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/24/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/03/2021. 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, incumbent will serve as a tester for a major NIH funded multisite twin study of risk and preventive factors for cognitive and brain aging. Duties involve testing subjects in a full day cognitive/neuropsychological, and medical test battery (all training will be provided by the PI and staff), scoring the cognitive test battery, and assisting the project manager and Investigators as needed with research project tasks such as coordination of subject scheduling, travel, screening, purchasing and maintaining test materials, data entry, assisting with supplemental studies, etc.


  • Theoretical knowledge or degree in Psychology or related field.

  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record.

  • Ability to achieve proficiency in cognitive/neuropsychological test administration and scoring.

  • Ability to perform biomedical assessments: blood pressure, audiometry, pupillometry, centrifuge blood.

  • Excellent oral communication skills for conducting cognitive tests in person with participants in English and for conducting MRI safety screenings over the telephone. Ability to read clearly and articulate out loud.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively work with other staff members and faculty, and to recruit, test, and motivate research subjects.

  • Ability to use tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality in relation to research subjects (e.g., maintain HIPAA privacy and rights of human research subjects).

  • Proficiency with PC and software such as Word, Excel, electronic communication.

  • Proven ability to keep accurate records, file, update computerized administrative files, conduct computerized library searches.

  • Ability or experience in administering computer-based and paper-and-pencil standard neuropsychological assessments that measure basic intellectual aptitude, working memory, episodic memory, vocabulary, verbal fluency, executive functions, visual-spatial ability, reaction time, pupillometry, etc. in English.

  • Ability to administer basic biomedical assessments, such as blood pressure, height/weight/girth, walk test, odor identification, hearing/visual ability, and grip strength.

  • Ability to prepare, organize, and maintain project testing materials (computerized and paper test materials, phlebotomy materials, blood pressure equipment, audiometry, organize test packets, etc.).

  • Ability to help maintain laboratory compliance with University and Federal environmental health and safety standards.

  • Proven ability to administer a full day testing battery that includes cognitive/neuropsychological tests, and biomedical assessments, medical history interviews, and questionnaires to twins who are on-site, an average of two days a week but frequency of testing may vary seasonally.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be available (with advance planning) to occasionally test on weekends or to travel off-site to conduct testing for participants who cannot travel to UCSD. Off-site travel generally involves flying to a location (2 nights). Test days (approximately twice a week) begin at 7:30 am.
  • Must be able to spend the entire day of testing with research participant. Testing may occur in the lab at UCSD or at a location near the participant’s home (e.g., hotel conference room).

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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