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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.

#113143 Research Program Coordinator

Filing Deadline: Thu 2/3/2022

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 12/06/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/15/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


In 2019, businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford committed $100 million towards the creation of the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego. This gift establishes a virtual institute to study the neurobiological basis of empathy and compassion and implement training models for physician education (medical students through practicing physicians) to effectively teach the practice of compassion for self and others.

With the establishment of the Institute, investments will be made towards expanding subject matter expertise through key professorships, seed funding for research and collaborative projects, and appointment of research fellows and scholars. Additional activities include the establishment of an annual international conference, integration of new methods into the medical school curriculum, enhancing the Student- Run Free Clinic and establishment of various centers.

Uses professional concepts to apply organization policies and procedures to oversee a variety of ongoing administrative operational issues. Administers defined operational program. Analyzes and resolves operational problems of moderate scope.

Reporting to the Executive Officer of the Institute, incumbent will provide the project management leadership to the research project(s) within the Center for Research in Empathy and Compassion. Project areas include, but not limited to: Request for Research for General and Applied Research, Fellowship program, and Collaborative Research. Incumbent will have an in-depth understanding of the professional field; will independently perform the full range of responsibilities within the function; will possess broad job knowledge; and will analyze problems / issues of diverse scope and determines solutions as it relates to the Center.

Incumbent will provide short- and long-term resource review and analysis, projections and recommendations in all areas of the project, including sourcing and collecting information from a wide variety of internal and external sources, analyzing and summarizing reports and evaluating progress and recommending alternatives to meet program objectives.

Experienced professional who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field; independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; possesses broad job knowledge; analyzes problems / issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.

Administers finance, human resources, facilities and other operational activities for small to mid-sized academic or research program. Administers program components, and program's operational requirements. Develops and organizes conferences and other public forums for research center. Works under direction of Center Director to establish center agenda, funding, objectives.


  • Six (6) years of related experience, education/training, OR an Bachelor’s degree in related area plus two (2) years of related experience/training.

  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff verbally and in writing.

  • Working knowledge of common organization-specific and other computer application programs.

  • Experience and knowledge of protocol development and institutional review board (IRB) submission.

  • Skills in organization and customer service to effectively manage multiple important priorities. Ability to evaluate, organize, and prioritize workload to meet deadlines.

  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.

  • Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.

  • Thorough knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.


  • Knowledge of research procedures and protocols as well as National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements as they relate to regulatory procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience coordinating a multi-center and cross-campus research projects.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willingness and ability to work various hours (evenings and weekends) to meet deadlines, as necessary.

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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