Job Description

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Full Salary Range
$19.48 - $24.83 / Hour
Frost Street
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CX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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

#120224 Research and Recruitment Assistant

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/2/2022

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 11/23/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/05/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology is involved in four major areas: 1) providing clinical services to patients with birth defects and developmental disabilities, 2) providing public health services in counseling patients, providers, and education to the public about prenatal exposures and exposures during breastfeeding and their impact on child development and health, 3) a teaching program that includes undergraduate students, graduate students in epidemiology, medical students, and post-doctoral students, pediatrics, epidemiology, health behavior, global health, pharmacy, and other specialties; and, 4) conducting clinical research.

The Center for Better Beginnings within the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD conducts research studies to better understand the causes, prevention and treatment of birth defects and developmental disabilities. Research programs and projects within the Division involve federal, state and industry-sponsored grants and contracts totaling over $40 million. These encompass national and international studies that require complex interrelated infrastructure and shared resources both within the Division and with collaborators and subcontractors outside the Division.

Under supervision of the Research Manager and Team Lead, the Research and Recruitment Assistant is responsible for screening and recruitment of pregnant women people for a multi-site prospective pregnancy registry study. Responsibilities include contacting, consenting for screen, and screening, and consenting, potential study participants, data entry, and other record-keeping tasks. The incumbent has has the ability to obtain and respond to very sensitive and personal health information over the telephone in a professional manner, is able to follow protocols and make informed decisions, as well as read and understand pregnancy terminology.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one (1) year of experience, preferably in public contact work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Strong writing and communication skills with ability to draft letters and emails, using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, text editing, and excellent proofreading skills.

  • Proficient experience using word processing applications, creating spreadsheets and reports, and entering data into databases and spreadsheets.

  • Experience working independently and meeting deadlines with minimal supervision and with a high level of professionalism.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to handle repetitive details.

  • Ability to obtain and respond to very sensitive and personal health information over the telephone in a professional manner.

  • Ability to work in a team environment, and communicate effectively and professionally both with team members, as well as with callers.


  • Experience conducting phone screening interviews with research participants relating to medical or psychological studies with ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

  • Experience in a biomedical research setting.

  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, toxicology or embryology, or other science/health-related field at a level typically acquired at a Bachelors degree level or the equivalent of education and experience.

  • Experience administering consent in a research or clinical setting.

  • Familiarity with medical terminology, pregnancy terminology, and pharmaceutical products.

  • Proficiency both oral and written in Spanish and/or French language.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Scheduled work hours may vary as this project follows subjects residing throughout North America and time zone differences require availability outside normal day-time working hours.

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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