Job Description

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Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
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TX Contract
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Days, Variable

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

#118073 Laboratory Assistant II

Filing Deadline: Thu 8/18/2022

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 is a part-time limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/09/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/18/2022. 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.

Our laboratory conducts NIH-funded research on brain functioning in neurocognitive disorders such as bipolar disorder, HIV, substance use conditions, as well as other psychiatric illnesses. Research is primarily conducted in an outpatient setting.

The incumbent will work as a Laboratory Assistant II under the supervision of the Principal Investigators and Co-investigators and alongside other lab personnel to assist in running neuropsychological and psychophysiological studies. The incumbent's major responsibility is to assist with recruitment and screening of subjects. The incumbent will also assist with coordinating participation of human subjects in NIH-funded research projects on psychiatric disorders, HIV, and substance dependence. Assist with setup of psychophysiological paradigms and basic neuropsychological tests. Will assist with administering diagnostic interviews and symptom rating scales to human subjects. Will assist in data entry into the research database. May assist in clerical tasks such as making copies, helping to reconcile human subjects payments, and ordering supplies.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in psychiatry, psychology and related fields and one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with individuals with psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and substance dependence and medical illnesses such as HIV.

  • Demonstrated experience with recruitment of participants in a human psychology or sociology laboratory setting.

  • Experience in Microsoft Word and data entry using Microsoft Excel, Access, SPSS, or similar data entry software.

  • Experience with clinical laboratory maintenance.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and maintain neatness in the work setting.

  • Proven experience assisting with administering an eyeblink paradigm and an ambulatory monitoring paradigm.

  • Experience with running computerized data collection software such as video and electrode recordings using written protocols.

  • Ability to assist SRA with communicating with recruitment programs such as BuildClinical,, and other sources of subject accrual.


  • Experience in administering symptom-rating scales for psychosis, mania, depression, and substance abuse such as the PANSS, YMRS, HAM-D, and substance use questionnaires.
  • Experience in administering paper-and-pencil and computerized problem-solving/neuropsychological tests such as the Iowa Gambling Task, Continuous Performance Task, UCSD Performance-Based Skills Assessment, and others.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to handle biological samples (blood and urine specimens).
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to local public venue.

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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