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#112674 Staff Research Associate I

Extended Review Date: Tue 1/4/2022

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This position is open to external applicants as of 11/17/21.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/09/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/12/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.


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 by the Principal Investigator (PI) and HNRP supervisory personnel, incumbent will assist with coordinating the day-to-day operation of a longitudinal study implementing and investigating behavioral treatment(s) for substance users living with HIV-1 infection. Duties will include assisting with the determination of participant eligibility, tracking project recruitment goals and data collection. Incumbent will administer standardized tests of neuropsychological function including (but not limited to) intelligence, executive function, learning, recall, abstraction, perception, motor skills and coordination, attention and speeded information processing. They will also conduct standardized interviews of participants’ psychiatric history, substance use history, and a neurobehavioral screen collecting information on all participants’ history of language, educational and cultural upbringing. Other responsibilities will include assuring the accuracy of interview and collected test data, including identifying erroneous data and resolving any discrepancies in the data with assistance from investigators and HNRP supervisory personnel as needed.

Interviews will be also conducted by incumbent to gather detailed substance use characteristics, previous treatment attempts, and to instruct participants on all aspects of the contingency management protocol central to all study aims. Incumbent will also distribute electronic RedCap surveys to study participants, track their completion and maintain the database all collected data is imported to. Assist the PI in preparing and managing Institutional Review Board (IRB) materials. Meet weekly with study PI and HNRP supervisory personnel to review study recruitment and update personnel on progress made regarding all scientific and operational aims of the study protocol. Serve as liaison between the various multi-disciplinary investigators and administrative research staff and assist the study PI with database management, data analyses and manuscript preparation. Incumbent will also assist PI with new proposals, progress reports to federal and state regulatory bodies and renewals.


  • Theoretical knowledge of neuropsychology, neurosciences, infectious diseases (i.e., HIV), addiction, or related fields as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in administering neurobehavioral assessments (especially measures of intelligence, executive functions, learning, recall, abstraction, perception, motor skills and coordination, attention, and speed of information processing), psychological tests, and psychiatric interviews.

  • Experience tracking all scheduled participant assessment sessions and data collection using multiple online and paper-based formats.

  • Proven ability to assist with conducting structured and unstructured interviews and collecting information regarding participant substance use history, psychiatric history and everyday functioning abilities using questionnaires and testing stimuli.

  • Proficiency with word processing, graphics, statistical (especially JMP), and database programs.

  • Proven ability to conduct data analyses, data collection, data tracking, interpretation and presentation.

  • Knowledge of statistical concepts and ability to perform basic statistical analyses.

  • Proven ability to implement data collection forms, electronic surveys and questionnaires pertinent to a research study.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster a good working relationship with a wide variety of people (participants living with HIV and with psychiatric conditions, including active substance use disorders) using tact, diplomacy, confidentiality and flexibility.

  • Excellent writing and editorial skills.

  • Experience working with people infected with the HIV virus and substance dependent populations.

  • Proven ability to assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in preparing and managing Institutional Review Board (IRB) materials

  • Proven ability to consult with data management, computer systems and statistics personnel in ad hoc meetings to plan analyses.


  • Bilingual, with proven ability to administer tests and communicate with participants in both English and Spanish.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be willing to work with people infected with the HIV virus and with histories of substance dependence.
  • Availability to work occasional Saturdays.
  • Must have a negative pre-employment TB skin test.

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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