Job Description

Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Geriatric Research
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#115905 Research Associate I

Extended Review Date: Tue 5/31/2022

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 04/29/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/10/2022. 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 Staff Research Associate will perform and assist in a number of duties for research studies focusing on mental health and loneliness in middle-aged and older adults. The Staff Research Associate will be responsible for field data collection work for these studies, including assist in recruiting participants, administering and scoring psychological tests, measuring physical activities including downloading data from wearable devices such as Fitbits and using mobile EMA technology to measure participant loneliness and moods. The Staff Research Associate will be required to travel to participants' homes (e.g., Independent Living facilities, Board and Care facilities) in San Diego County to conduct the field research and data collection.


  • Theoretical knowledge as required in a Bachelor's degree in psychology or cognitive sciences or a combination of education and experience.

  • Valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record.

  • Experience in working with older adults with psychosis.

  • Experience administering and scoring psychological tests.

  • Experience with research studies focusing on mental illness.

  • Experience working with physical activities measurement tools and wearable devices including Fitbits.

  • Knowledge about psychiatric disorders and DSM terminology.

  • Knowledge and ability with administering psychological assessments to older patients with schizophrenia and normal comparison subjects.

  • Ability to enter psychological testing and physical activities data into study databases.

  • 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.

  • Behavioral observation skills. Well organized and adept at generating and keeping accurate records. Must be detail oriented.

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

  • Knowledge of MS Access Databases.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Experience in library and internet research.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able and willing to work with older adults with serious Mental Illnesses and have knowledge of Aging and Gerontology research.
  • Must be willing to work occasional non-traditional work schedule (flexible schedule and/or weekends and/or overtime).
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and be willing to travel off-site to conduct assessments.

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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