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East Campus
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#113792 Positive Emotion and Anxiety Staff Research Assoc.

Filing Deadline: Wed 1/19/2022

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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 supporting the clinical research efforts for the Positive Emotion and Anxiety Research Laboratory and Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Center. Incumbent effort will specifically be targeted on the following research studies involving subjects with clinically elevated symptoms of anxiety and/or depression: Novel Behavioral Intervention to Target Social Reward Sensitivity and Attachment; Positive Emotional Processing; and Engaging the Endocannabinoid System with Cannabidiol to Reduce Anxiety Reactivity.

Duties and responsibilities include updating and maintaining several databases; assistance with recruitment and screening of potential subjects; administration of structured clinical interviews; administering experimental protocols involving the collection of symptom, behavioral, physiological, and brain imaging data; assisting with preparing summaries for institutional review board and funding agency progress reports; recruiting and training research assistant student interns on study procedures; and coordination of ongoing research studies. Perform other duties as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge of psychiatry, psychology, or related field, as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Strong computer skills (word-processing, databases, SPSS) and ability to maintain and update databases for several projects and ongoing research; proven ability to enter, update, and verify subject and experimental data, and use statistical software to process data.

  • Basic knowledge of psychiatric diagnostic criteria.

  • Experience in maintaining and updating databases for several projects and the ability to create new databases for ongoing research.

  • Ability to schedule subjects for initial interview and behavioral assessment sessions, and understanding of behavioral assessment process.

  • Proven effective interpersonal skill and oral/written communication skill, including the ability to administer research protocols and keep accurate and detailed records.

  • Ability to assist with administering clinical symptom surveys, screening interviews, and structured diagnosed psychiatric interviews.

  • Experience training and overseeing volunteer research assistants in administering research protocols to study participants.

  • Ability to schedule subjects for initial interview, behavioral assessment, blood draw, and fMRI scanning.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to drive to various research sites.
  • Must have a valid CA driver's license, acceptable driving record, and access to reliable transportation for research subject recruitment in multiple sites.
  • Must be ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.

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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