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

#113106 Project Coordinator/Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Wed 12/8/2021

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The Department of Medicine (DoM) is the largest department within the UCSD School of Medicine (SoM) and is responsible for fulfilling its teaching, research, and clinical missions. DoM employees approximately 500 salaried faculty, nearly 200 academic appointees, and more than 300 residents, fellows, and postdocs, supported by almost 1,000 staff members. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under minimal supervision, the incumbent will be working as project coordinator/research associate for qualitative and quantitative research studies focused on substance use and addiction among diverse populations of older adults. Responsibilities will include initiation, coordination and organization of new and ongoing studies, assist in protocol development and implementation, maintain lab website, recruitment of research participants, contribute to questionnaires and assessment tools, maintain accurate visit records, maintain study database; recruitment, scheduling and assessment of participants; support remote data collection in research participants using mobile technology; preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and other required reports; and participating in the preparation of written materials related to studies including drafting abstracts and progress reports and assisting with grant applications. The incumbent will assist in the coordination of the day-to-day logistics of a number of research studies and supervision of a limited number of trainees. The incumbent will also perform qualitative interviews with research participants and assist in the coding and analysis of recorded interviews. Additionally, the incumbent will assist with literature reviews, drafting of manuscripts and abstracts, and preparation of research for presentations. Training in the responsible conduct of human research will be a requirement for working on this study. Incumbent will be required to travel to recruitment sites in San Diego County to conduct some of the study procedures. Other general duties will include entering data and regularly attending and contributing to research meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in an appropriate field of science OR four years of related experience, education/training.

  • Theoretical knowledge of Psychiatry, Psychology or related field.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively to prioritize tasks.

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as proven ability to be part of a team, establishing and maintaining good working relationships with members of a research group and with research participants.

  • Strong organizational skills to file and maintain participant tracking, including all study assessments. Ability to organize and maintain assessment materials, both paper and electronic versions. Demonstrated skill in accurate record-keeping and ability to organize data.

  • Ability to effectively and accurately document research procedures. Proven ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials.


  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish). Must have proficiency in written and oral English and Spanish.

  • Master's degree in public health field or related field.

  • Experience in substance use, addiction, and harm reduction among older adults.

  • Experience interviewing research participants.

  • Expertise in establishing, writing, and training of research study protocols. Ability to effectively and accurately document research procedures. Proven ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials.

  • Experience conducting qualitative interviews and analyses. Strong organizational skills to file and maintain participant tracking, including all study assessments. Ability to organize and maintain assessment materials, both paper and electronic versions. Demonstrated skill in accurate record keeping and ability to organize data.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide training and instruction to other new research staff.

  • Experience with website applications and updates.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be willing to travel to various locations in San Diego County to recruit research participants and conduct study procedures.

  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record and/or reliable transportation in order to go to different facilities to conduct participant recruitment.

  • Must be willing to interact with and ability to respond sensitively to participants who may be living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and/or substance use disorders.

  • Must be able and willing to work with older adults from underserved groups, as well as an older adult research population.

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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