Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$62.37 - $77.57 / Hour
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
EX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday - Saturday

#127263 Cardiac Sonographer Principal - La Jolla

Initial Review Date: Wed 6/5/2024

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.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/16/24 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/25/24. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Four positions being hired at 100% appointment percentage and one at 60% appointment.


Incumbent must understand concepts of the physics of ultrasound, demonstrates advanced knowledge of full range of echocardiographic procedures, cardiac anatomy and physiology with a thorough understanding of cardiac abnormalities and disease processes. Performs 3D echocardiography, strain imaging and applies advanced cardiac ultrasound imaging techniques as assigned or per protocol. Follows established imaging protocols and modify the examination accordingly to ensure complete accurate high quality cardiac echo information is obtained.

Perform diagnostic recordings, accurate measurements and calculations of echocardiography images and Doppler hemodynamic data (at rest and with stress), with or without ultrasound enhancement agents. Following policy guidelines, sonographers will identify patients requiringenhancement agents, place peripheral intravenous catheters and administer ultrasound enhancement agents. Sonographers may be required to perform other non-invasive cardiovascular tests including ECG, ambulatory ECG, blood pressures, ambulatory blood pressures and treadmill stress tests. Contributes to work organization and scheduling as a member of a self-directed work team.

Participates in the training of cardiac sonographers, students, residents and fellows in echocardiography as assigned. Participates in personnel selection, may be assigned to review studies, train and direct junior level sonographers in new techniques under direction of technical director. Able to work independently and prioritize tasks needing completion. Positive communication and listening skills are important. Floats to labs in other clinic locations as needed. May need to work various shifts including nights and weekends. Required to take call after hours and/or on weekends.


  • Graduate of a school of an accredited Diagnostic Cardiac Medical Sonography program or equivalent years of experience. CAAHEP accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS).

  • BART or BLS at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Four years of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of sonography education and experience.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Basic computer skills.


  • Graduate of an accredited school of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Registered Cardiac Sonographer issued by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
  • Adult Congenital and Pediatric experience strongly preferred.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Capability to perform on-call including weekend when required.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $130,229 - $161,966 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $62.37 - $77.57

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).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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 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, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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