Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$20.67 - $24.30 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#120914 Lab Assistant II

Initial Review Date: Thu 1/26/2023

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/18/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/26/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the salary range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).


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 Lab Assistant implements visit scheduling and subject retention activities for a multi-study research center investigating the causes and effects of neurobehavioral disturbances associated with HIV infection and/or substance abuse within the Department of Psychiatry. Duties include assisting with scheduling research participants; educating participants regarding study participation including visit protocol expectations; scheduling and tracking visits. Other duties include general lab assistance such as data collection, record keeping, data entry, and report generation.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of experience in a health or social service field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

  • Ability to prioritize workload and work independently and seek guidance or information when appropriate

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

  • Demonstrated skill in communicating in a helpful, informative, and supportive manner on the phone, and in providing appropriate/effective interventions based on accurate assessment to a diverse group of study participants.

  • Experience scheduling research appointments and performing research interviews or needs assessments.

  • Work or education demonstrating familiarity with HIV infection, antiretroviral treatment, and related cognitive impairment.

  • Familiarity with San Diego health clinics and human service organizations that provide HIV, HCV and substance abuse care and service and demonstrated ability to provide referrals to these organizations.

  • Familiarity with cognitive assessment, lumbar puncture, MR structural and functional imaging, and/or nerve conduction velocity testing.

  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain a supportive client-focused environment for clients with neurobehavioral disturbances associated with HIV infection and/or substance abuse.

  • Experience working with diverse populations, including ethnic and cultural minorities, gays and lesbians, people living with HIV, and people recovering from substance abuse.

  • Experience providing health education or other complex information to individuals with lower education and/or cognitive impairment.


  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak in Spanish and English.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be willing to work with people infected with the HIV virus.

  • Must be available to work overtime, including evenings and occasional Saturdays.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $43,159 - $50,738 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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