Job Description

Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Greenwich Drive
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CX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday, some Saturdays

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

#116186 Lead Research Assistant - Bilingual

Filing Deadline: Thu 5/26/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/17/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/26/2022. 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 Greenwich Dr. and remote.


Under general supervision, work as a Lead Research Assistant for Kick It California and a liaison between Department Coordinators and student/survey workers. Take a leadership role with language-specific duties. Assist in scheduling, the delegation of duties, protocol development, monitoring and training student/survey workers in the use of survey materials and technical data collection. Set an example for student/survey workers when conducting complex interviews and telephone surveys, including unstructured interviews in English and one of the following: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean or Vietnamese. Enter survey data into computer database following research protocol and maintain confidentiality. Perform refusal conversion interviewing and test new refusal conversion methods. Exercise independent judgment and decision making to ensure that surveys are properly completed and the objectives of the survey are being met. Manage individual projects that help meet department goals and deliverables. Perform miscellaneous study related duties to include typing correspondence, ordering supplies, and preparing paperwork for reimbursement.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and 2 years of experience in public contact work or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Fluency and ability to read and write in English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean or Vietnamese.

  • Experience in exercising independent judgment and decision making.

  • Experience in surveying and data collection or equivalent. Experience with interviewing assignments, including unstructured interviews or the equivalent experience working with the public.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings, weekends and holidays, and work in the field as needed.

  • Experience in telephone interviewing or equivalent.

  • Proficiency in routine office management skills, such as typing, letter formatting, taking messages, copying, faxing, and ordering supplies.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills using grammatically correct English; excellent and appropriate interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, flexibility, resourcefulness, sound judgment, persistence and assertiveness. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in person, on the telephone, and in writing.

  • Demonstrated leadership, initiative, reliability and ability to work independently and with a team.

  • Attention to detail with demonstrated ability to organize materials and information alphabetically and numerically.

  • Proficiency in office organizational skills, time management skills, and filing skills.


  • Experience in the health care field.

  • Demonstrated ability to instruct or aid in the instruction of student workers in the use of survey materials and techniques of data collection.

  • Knowledge of smoking cessation and addiction, including the psychology of addictive behavior, physiological aspects of withdrawal, and behavior modification techniques that facilitate the quitting process.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Some evenings, weekends, and university holidays required.

  • Work out in the field as needed (possible 10%).

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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