Job Description

Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Clinical Research
Full Salary Range
$20.67 - $24.30 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
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.

#120022 Research Study Assistant II

Filing Deadline: Wed 11/30/2022

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 11/21/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/30/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments of psychiatry in the country with cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering challenging career opportunities with potential for growth and a dynamic learning environment to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, the incumbent will work as a Research Study Assistant 2 to assist the PI and research team on multiple studies focused on improving functioning in adults with serious mental illness and dementia within the Department of Psychiatry. The Research Study Assistant will perform duties and responsibilities under close technical supervision that include assisting with psychophysiological assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and clinical interviews; assisting with recruitment and scheduling of participants; collecting, scoring, entering, and processing data; and setting up and providing support for mobile data collection devices. Under supervision, the Research Study Assistant will assist with regulatory documentation, manuscript preparation, and general lab assistant duties include monitoring equipment and lab supplies, preparing data collection packets, maintaining study databases, and assorted research-related laboratory, computer, and administrative tasks.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one (1) year of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Familiarity with administering and scoring psychological assessments.

  • Previous experience in a research lab setting.

  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with a diverse population.

  • Proficiency in using web-based database platforms and strong computing skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint).

  • Experience interacting effectively with co-workers as well as research participants.

  • Ability to collect, code, and score data using computerized and pencil and paper measures according to study protocol.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or a related field.
  • Experience administering detailed clinical interviews including socioeconomic status, academic achievement, medical and mental history, and current/past substance use information.
  • Training and proficiency in participant data collection using a pupillometer.
  • Experience with research data entry techniques and software.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be willing to work with study participants who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or older adults.
  • Must have ready access to reliable transportation and be willing to travel off-site.
  • Must be able to work overtime, weekends, and evenings as needed.

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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