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

#116880 Psychophysiological Lab Assistant

Extended Deadline: Tue 7/5/2022

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 06/13/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/22/2022. 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.

Under supervision, the Lab Assistant will assist with a research project in which EEG responses are recorded while participants engage in a variety of cognitive and behavioral tasks. The Lab Assistant will assist with the collection of EEG data using the Bio Semi, Brain Products and Neuroscan recording systems, monitoring incoming data during data collection, and troubleshooting problems with equipment as they occur as well as will assist with the administration of a variety of cognitive assessments, including MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery. In addition, the Lab Assistant will assist with a research study using a neurophysiological biomarker index of auditory system neuroplasticity to see if it predicts or is correlated with response to Targeted Cognitive Training in patients with schizophrenia.

Tasks include the collection of EEG data, administration of cognitive assessments and assisting with monitoring subjects as they complete their Targeted Cognitive Training sessions. The Lab Assistant will work with both healthy volunteers and various patient populations such as those with Alzheimer’s Disease or schizophrenia. Additional tasks include assisting in data scoring and analysis including analysis of EEG data using MatLab, EEGLab and Brain Vision Analyzer, data entry, maintenance of the database and assorted research-related laboratory and administrative tasks as needed.


  • Two (2) years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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

  • Experience working with patients with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, preferably in an inpatient setting.

  • Experience collecting EEG data according to strictly standardized protocols using the Bio-Semi, Brain Products and Neuroscan EEG recording systems.

  • Proven experience in the administration of Targeted Cognitive Training (TCT) to patient populations.

  • Experience with EEG data analysis including MatLab, EEGLab and Brain Vision Analyzer as well as with data entry into spreadsheets (Excel) and relational databases (Access).

  • Experience and knowledge to administer cognitive assessments including the MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery according to standard protocol including data scoring.

  • Proven ability to be well organized and adept at generating and keeping accurate records. Must be detail oriented.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to use tact and diplomacy with psychiatric patients, faculty and institutional staff, as well as when representing the agency in the community. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • User level (non-programming) experience with computers. Skill with personal computers, word processing, spreadsheets, email software, etc.


  • Bachelor's degree completed in Psychology or a related field and familiarity with psychiatric disorders, symptoms, medications and medical terminology.
  • Up-to-date UCSD HRPP online training certificate (CITI).


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel.

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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