Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$27.09 - $43.58 / Hour
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#121799 Black Community Research Coordinator

Extended Review Date: Tue 5/2/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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 03/10/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/21/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

_Minor revisions have been made to this requisition and does not change the nature of the position effective 03/27/2023 _


The research project is devoted to understanding the biological mechanisms underlying the more aggressive manifestation of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in Black/African-American women versus men including sex hormones and Tau accumulation and neuroinflammation. Furthermore, we will investigate the lifestyle characteristics that impact these mechanisms. This project will involve a combination of cutting-edge experimental techniques in older Black/African-American women at-risk for AD including genotyping, questionnaires, cognitive testing, neuroimaging (Tau PET and MRI), blood biomarker measures and wearable technologies to assess sleep and physical activity. Study visits will be conducted at community centers in the San Diego region.

The incumbent will serve as a research project associate coordinator among a team of multidisciplinary team of scientist although primary supervision will be under the project PIs. The position will entail participant recruitment, outreach to the community, participant education, screening, scheduling, and conduction of study visits including neurocognitive testing and scoring and facilitating participants' medical procedures and MRI and PET neuroimaging sessions with UCSD medical and technical groups. Incumbent will be responsible for creating, maintaining and updating study databases and for managing procedures related to the UCSD Institutional Review Board and providing support in analyses and publication and presentation preparation.


  • Theoretical knowledge of psychology, neuroscience, biology, cognitive science, statistics, computer science or related field preferred as typically attained by a bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of human subjects research policies and procedures. Knowledge of the human subject consent process, and federal government regulations pertaining to consenting of subjects. On-line training certificate (acquired on job). Knowledge of IRB, and sponsored research requirements.

  • Experience in a clinical trials research environment including basic understanding of persons with dementia, and preferred experience with recruitment MRI in order to recruit, scheduling, and testing patients for clinical study subjects.

  • Working knowledge of medical and scientific terminology.

  • Strong experienced with computers (Personal computer and Macintosh). Skill with personal computers, word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail software, databases, etc. Specifically Linux OS and the Microsoft office suite (excel, access, PowerPoint, word, etc).

  • Proven ability to determine sources of clinical data, analyze the data and information obtained, in order to create documents and to propose solutions to issues and to help in developing standardized operational procedures.

  • Ability to stay abreast of new research developments and conduct focused literature searches and summarize this information to assist in preparation of manuscripts and grant applications.

  • Skill in assembling written narrative information using word processing software for documenting image analysis procedures and tracking data.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to use tact and diplomacy with subjects (including patients with cognitive impairment), their families, faculty and institutional staff, as well as when representing the agency in the community.

  • Strong ability to collaborate and communicate effectively and diplomatically at all organizational levels, both verbally and in writing. Ability to work professionally and effectively with a diverse population, including the business community, academicians, staff and students.

  • Ability to liaise with leaders and members of the public to identify and contact potential study participants.

  • Expertise working with Black/African-American women and communities of color.

  • Experience with or understanding of health disparities research.

  • Excellent record keeping, database management, detail oriented, logical, methodological approach to problem solving, strong process orientation, strong administrative and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize assignments, maintain workflow, and work productively in meeting critical deadlines and milestones.


  • Working knowledge of UCSD Human Research Protections Program policies and Procedures.
  • Experience with community-based participatory research (CBPR) practices.
  • Experience with or understanding of health disparities research.
  • Experience administering and scoring neuropsychological assessments.
  • Working knowledge of UCSD Human Research Protections Program policies and Procedures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record.
  • Must have dependable transportation and be willing to drive to off-site locations as needed.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $56,564 - $90,995 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $27.09 - $43.58

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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