Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$28.88 - $46.46 / Hour
La Jolla Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#130882 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Mon 7/22/2024

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.

This position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/10/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/22/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Ophthalmology is comprised of 30 faculty physicians and scientists, 10 resident physicians, and 13 (include clinical and research) post-doctoral physicians and scientists and over 150 staff with 6 divisions - Glaucoma, Retina, Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Pediatrics, Oculorplastics, and Neuro-ophthalmology. Clinical services are provided at the Shiley Eye Institute, Ratner Eye Center, UCSD Health Sciences (UCSDHS) Hillcrest ambulatory center and the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. The Department of Ophthalmology has the largest single outpatient clinic at the University of California, San Diego with over 110,000 (300+ daily) visits annually. Additionally, over 5400 surgical cases are performed.

The clinical research center at the Jacobs Center enables patients to benefit from the latest advances in diagnostic equipment and therapies. Researchers working in the Center's laboratories focus on advancing promising therapies for macular degeneration, tumors, inherited retinal disease, retinal detachment, macular holes, and other important retinal diseases.

The incumbent independently applies ophthalmic photography techniques through the use of specialized camera and/or imaging systems. Coordinates study protocols for the various studies related to ophthalmic disease and vitreo-retinal surgery. Coordinates and oversees start up procedures, study implementation, recruitment, screening, enrollment, and maintenance of subjects. Creates informational and recruitment materials and serves as a liaison with other UCSD departments and community clinics / agencies for the purpose of implementation of studies. Assures compliance with state and federal regulatory guidelines. Manage the quality of the medical and clinical research data. Provides education and information to the general public concerning the ongoing clinical trials. Assists PIs with proposals, progress reports and manuscripts. Independently creates original documents and policies for the program. Works with federal and state regulatory officials.


  • Theoretical knowledge in a social science or basic science such as Biology, Microbiology or a related field.

  • Must be certified in ophthalmic photography.

  • Individual should have experience and knowledge of Artificial Intelligence guided image analysis in patients with retinal disease.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform tonometry, field of vision, visual acuity, measurement of eye refractive error, color vision, spectacle. measurement, and related tests

  • Demonstrated experience in research protocol start up procedures, marketing, outreach, recruitment, and maintaining a research study cohort. Strong experience in clinical trials research.

  • Working knowledge of medical and scientific terminology and knowledge of ophthalmic diseases, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in order to carry out all functions.

  • Demonstrated ability to implement effective patient scheduling/ appointment system and coordinate the flow or necessary documents and referral services.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize/prioritize workload effectively to meet deadlines in an environment with multiple interruptions and changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated administrative experience, skill to coordinate complex activities and to use independent judgment to organize and prioritize office functions.

  • Demonstrated ability to function independently with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to train and educate patients, staff, residents, medical students and the general community regarding ophthalmology clinic services and procedures, hospital procedures and necessary patient instructions

  • Demonstrated ability to take patient history, evaluate patient problems and provide complete documentation in patient record.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, professionals, study participants/patients.

  • Demonstrated ability to discern items that can be handled independently and those which require attention of supervisor, including ability to quickly determine subject matter of material and necessary action to be taken in a timely manner.

  • Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office) and internet browser applications. Experience in conducting searches on the internet.

  • Advanced knowledge of experimental protocols, data gathering, protocol design and evaluation.

  • Demonstrated ability to sterilize and maintain ophthalmology equipment and supplies in a clean, safe and orderly manner. Knowledge of infection control principles in order to disinfect and sterilize equipment and to operate autoclave.

  • Strong interpersonal, as well as written and verbal communication skills (using grammatically correct written English and accurate typing) to interact with a variety of personalities at all levels of the organization, exercising tact, mature judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility to promote positive working relationships and job effectiveness. Skill at negotiating with various personalities and developing internal and external network of contacts. Excellent phone etiquette skills.


  • Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements, preferred.


  • Must be certified in ophthalmic photography.

  • Must be willing to work with HIV patients.

  • Knowledge of infection control and aseptic techniques a must.

  • Some overtime may be required.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $60,301 - $97,008 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.88 - $46.46

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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