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#117358 Human Subject Research Associate

Extended Review Date: Fri 8/12/2022

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

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/25/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/03/2022. 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, the incumbent will work as a Staff Research Associate responsible for assisting with the coordination and smooth day-to-day operation of the psychophysiological and neuropsychological human testing procedures. Clinical assessment duties include: assist with conducting study subject interviews for the purpose of data collection; performing participant follow up and retention; preparing data for entry and analysis. Other specific duties will include: scheduling and screening of human research subjects; data collection and maintenance; assist in conducting psychophysiological and neuropsychological tests on healthy control subjects and subjects with psychiatric diagnoses, measuring heart rate and blood pressure; assisting with testing urine from subjects for toxicology analysis; maintaining equipment and supplies; and keeping adequate copies of written material needed for testing.

Work with QA Manager to thoroughly review clinical and research records, identify discrepancies and missing information, and maintain records of QA activities and provide periodic reports of the volume and types of errors and resolutions. Work with the Clinical Research Support Unit Manager and Investigators to: compile data and assist in its analysis; and perform other duties as needed. Incumbent will perform other general laboratory and administrative support as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge of Psychology and Statistics as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Valid California Driver's license and vehicle and willingness to drive to different locations in San Diego County.

  • Previous experience working in a research setting involving human subjects and knowledge of University Human Research Protection Program guidelines.

  • Demonstrated experience recruiting human subject research participants.

  • Good observational skills in order to describe and quantify psychopathology.

  • Strong basic computer skills using PC and Macintosh such as word processing and data entry using Microsoft Word, Excel and Statview.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of psychiatric disorders, diagnostic procedures, and terminology. Experience with DSM criteria for schizophrenia.

  • Previous experience working with patients with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. Previous experience working with psychiatric patients who may have more than one illness and who may be aggressive.

  • Knowledge and experience working with patients with psychotic disorders and the ability to use neuropsychological measures and scales designed for studies of psychotic populations.

  • Demonstrated experience using psychophysiological measures, including electromyography, and electroencephalopgraphy, in the testing of severely ill psychotic patients.

  • Proven ability to carefully and accurately administer standardized psychiatric rating scales, interviews, and neuropsychological tests such as the MATRICS and SCID neuropsychological tests.

  • Ability to administer and, in some cases, score psychophysiological and neuropsychological tests (e.g. EEG, prepulse inhibition of auditory startle via electromyography, UPSA, MCCB, ADAS-Cog, R-Bans). Demonstrated experience collecting EEG data, preferably with the Biosemi system.

  • Experience in subject recruitment and screening from Board and Care facilities, and other public arenas, including posting advertisements for studies.

  • Experience with data management methods and standard procedures for entering and maintaining data, ability in transferring and reducing data for analysis using DOS, PC and Macintosh platforms and experience using Macintosh and PC platforms including spreadsheets and word processing programs.

  • Experience in scoring and analysis of EEG data using MatLab, EEGLab and Brain Vision Analyzer.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to work overtime or after hours as needed.
  • Must have a valid CA driver's license, acceptable driving record and insurance that meet UCSD requirements.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation for research subject recruitment in multiple sites in San Diego County.

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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