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#117819 HIV Research Associate - Bilingual

Filing Deadline: Thu 8/11/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/02/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/11/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite at Hillcrest and remote.


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 by the Principal Investigator (PI) and HNRP supervisory personnel, the Research Associate will assist with coordinating the day-to-day operation of a longitudinal study investigating mechanisms of disparities in adverse neurocognitive outcomes in a population of Hispanics aging with HIV. Duties will include assisting with the determination of participant eligibility, tracking project recruitment goals and data collection. The Research Associate will administer standardized tests of neuropsychological function including (but not limited to) intelligence, executive function, learning, recall, abstraction, perception, motor skills and coordination, attention and speeded information processing. They will also conduct standardized interviews of participants’ psychiatric history, substance use history, and a neurobehavioral screen collecting information on all participants’ history of language, educational and cultural upbringing.

Other responsibilities will include assuring the accuracy of interview and collected test data, including identifying erroneous data and resolving any discrepancies in the data with assistance from investigators and HNRP supervisory personnel as needed. Assist with assessing participants' cognition, everyday functioning abilities and cardiovascular health at multiple time points for over 220 people living with HIV. Assist the PI in preparing and managing Institutional Review Board (IRB) materials. Meet weekly with study PI and HNRP supervisory personnel to review study recruitment and update personnel on progress made regarding all scientific and operational aims of the study protocol. Serve as liaison between the various multi-disciplinary investigators and administrative research staff and assist the study PI with database management, data analyses and manuscript preparation. The Research Associate will also assist PI with new proposals, progress reports to federal and state regulatory bodies and renewals.


  • Theoretical knowledge of neuropsychology, neurosciences, infectious diseases (i.e., HIV), addiction, or related fields as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Bilingual, with proven ability to administer tests and communicate with participants in both English and Spanish.

  • Experience in administering neurobehavioral assessments (especially measures of intelligence, executive functions, learning, recall, abstraction, perception, motor skills and coordination, attention, and speed of information processing), psychological tests, and psychiatric interviews.

  • Proficiency with word processing, graphics, statistical (especially JMP), and database programs.

  • Proven ability to conduct data analyses, data collection, data tracking, interpretation and presentation.

  • Knowledge of statistical concepts and ability to perform basic statistical analyses.

  • Proven ability to implement data collection forms and questionnaires pertinent to a research study.

  • Ability to conduct comprehensive literature reviews utilizing multiple sources of media.

  • Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to foster a good working relationship with a wide variety of people (participants living with HIV and with psychiatric conditions, including active substance use disorders) using tact, diplomacy, confidentiality and flexibility.

  • Excellent writing and editorial skills.

  • Experience working with people infected with the HIV virus and substance dependent populations.

  • Proven ability to design and edit graphs and tables for manuscripts.

  • Experience to assist with coordinating a National Institute of Health funded study investigating mechanisms of disparities in adverse neurocognitive outcomes in a population of Hispanics aging with HIV.

  • Ability to assist with assessing participants' cognition, everyday functioning abilities and cardiovascular health at multiple time points for over 220 people living with HIV.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be willing to work with people infected with the HIV virus and with histories of substance dependence.
  • Bilingual with ability to communicate with participants in both English and Spanish.
  • Availability to work occasional Saturdays.
  • Must have a negative pre-employment TB skin test.

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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