Job Description

Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Substance Abuse
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, Sunday - Saturday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#115060 Lab Assistant (ABCD Study) - Bilingual

Extended Deadline: Tue 5/31/2022

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 03/18/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/29/2022. 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 of psychiatry in the country with cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering challenging career opportunities with potential for growth and a dynamic learning environment to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, the incumbent will assist the PI and research team with a complex multi-site longitudinal Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study on children and their parents using neuroimaging, behavioral neurocognitive and biological measures. Primary responsibilities include assisting administering behavioral and neurocognitive measures; collecting biological specimens including saliva, urine, and hair; and assisting with neuroimaging sessions. Duties also include obtaining informed assent/consent on English and Spanish speaking participants; entering and verifying study data; and scheduling study appointment and research facilities. General lab assistance duties may include maintaining equipment and supplies, and preparing data collection forms and various correspondence.


  • Two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in Psychology or related field and one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish. Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills in English and Spanish. Proven ability to effectively communicate in English and Spanish with a diverse population including children and their parents.

  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record.

  • Demonstrated experience administering behavioral interviews.

  • Experience administering and scoring neurocognitive assessments.

  • Previous experience in a research setting.

  • Ability to maintain and protect confidentiality of participant information with working knowledge of mandated reporting procedures.

  • Strong basic computer skills such as word processing and data entry, as well as experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point; Adobe PDF.

  • Experience collecting, coding, and scoring data using computerized and pencil and paper measures according to study protocol.

  • Working knowledge of DSM-V criteria and experience in integrating data collected into these criteria.


  • Experience setting up and taking down equipment used during MRI scans (e.g., laptop, display screen, response box).
  • Experience collecting, handling, and shipping biological specimens.
  • Current MRI Safety certification and working knowledge of MRI safety.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Ability to safely work near a strong magnetic field.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

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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