Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/Infectious Disease &
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday, occasional weekends

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

#118937 Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Fri 10/7/2022

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 09/28/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/07/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health within the Department of Medicine at UCSD aims to conduct high-caliber research on health related issues and service utilization facing populations in international settings, U.S. minorities and migrants to the U.S. The Division promotes research, teaching, service and global health leadership based on the principles of social justice and health equity.The Division also promotes the development of equal bi-national partnerships with UCSD, other academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Under the supervision of the principal investigator, the incumbent will participate in a range of data collection activities for a research study involving individuals who have just been released from the Los Angeles County Jail system.

The study has two components, a brief cross-sectional survey to be conducted with approximately 4,000 individuals as they leave jail, and a sub-sample of 400 individuals who will be periodically interviewed by phone in the 12 months after their release.

Job duties for this position include: 1) as part of a team of interviewers, conducting in-person recruitment and survey administration in street settings immediately outside the Inmate Reception Center (IRC, located in central Los Angeles) and Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF, located in south Los Angeles); 2) as part of a team of interviewers, conducting in-person recruitment of eligible cross-sectional survey participants into a longitudinal cohort, and conducting baseline survey administration in street settings immediately outside the IRC and CRDF; 3) as part of a team of interviewers, conducting followup interviews and study visits by phone with cohort participants; and 4) other administrative support for the study as required.


  • Ability to work one-on-one comfortably and respectfully with recently incarcerated individuals

  • Ability to comply with confidentiality and human subjects requirements in the context of medical/public health research.

  • Experience working independently in field settings with minimal supervision.

  • Knowledge of harm reduction principles and practices.

  • Experience conducting working in collaboration with community based organizations.

  • Ability to exercise judgment about the appropriateness of responses to ensure survey protocols.

  • Experience working independently in field settings with minimal supervision.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work effectively and productively as part of an academic research team.

  • Strives at all times to present a positive attitude and pleasant, professional demeanor.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • This position is based in Los Angeles

  • Must be comfortable working with individuals who have just been released from jail in street settings.

  • Must be willing to work data collection shifts outside regular office 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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