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#113470 Cognitive Aging Research Associate

Extended Review Date: Thu 1/20/2022

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 position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/22/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/03/2022. 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 NIA funded multisite study of interventions for cognitive and brain aging. Duties involve testing subjects in a cognitive/neuropsychological and medical test battery, 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 in Psychology or related field preferred as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree.

  • Experience in administering and scoring computer-based and paper-and-pencil neuropsychological assessments that measure immediate and delayed memory, cognitive control/executive function, etc. in English.

  • Experience in achieving proficiency in carrying out and scoring clinical interviews and performance-based tests (i.e., tests of ability to carry out tasks of daily living).

  • Strong oral communication skills for conducting assessments in person with participants in English. Ability to read clearly and articulate out loud.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively work as a member of a team with other staff members and faculty, and to 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.

  • Demonstrated understanding of research study of interventions for cognitive and brain aging

  • Experience with testing subjects in a cognitive/neuropsychological and medical test battery.

  • Experience with these specific assessment instruments: NIH Toolbox (computerized neuropsychological test battery), Sustained Attention Response Task and Consonant-Vowel Odd-Even (computerized tests of cognitive control), Stroop Switch Keyboard (computerized Stroop test), Paragraph and List Recall tests (paper and pencil), Neuro-QOL-Cognitive Function, PROMIS assessments of anxiety, depression, sleep, and satisfaction and ability to perform social roles, Observed Tasks of Daily Living, Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale-Revised, Falls Efficacy Scale.

  • Experience in conducting neuropsychological testing and administering questionnaires, clinical interviews, and performance based tests with older adults.


  • Training and experience performing MRI and fMRI protocols with research subjects.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Hours will be flexible and irregular, depending upon need.

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 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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