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#91084 Lab Assistant (ABCD Study)

Filing Deadline: Wed 1/24/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/1/17 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


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 assist the PI and research team with a complex multi-site longitudinal Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study on children and their parents using neuroimaging, behavioral neurocognitive, clinical, and biological measures. Primary responsibilities include assisting with recruitment and screening; administering clinical, behavioral, and neurocognitive measures; collecting and shipping biological specimens; and assisting with neuroimaging sessions. Duties also include obtaining informed assent/consent; entering and verifying study data; and scheduling study appointment and research facilities. General lab assistance duties may include maintaining equipment and supplies, and preparing data collection forms and various correspondence.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in Psychology or related field and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proven effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills in English and Spanish.

  • Experience administering eligibility screening and detailed clinical interviews.

  • Experience administering and scoring neurocognitive and behavioral assessments.

  • Previous experience in a clinical research setting.

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate in English and Spanish with a diverse population including children and their parents.

  • Strong basic computer skills such as word processing and data entry, as well as experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point; Adobe PDF.

  • Experience collecting, coding, and scoring data using computerized and pencil and paper measures according to study protocol.

  • Working knowledge of DSM-V criteria and experience in integrating data collected into these criteria.


  • Experience setting up and taking down equipment used during MRI scans (e.g., laptop, display screen, response box).

  • Experience collecting, handling, and shipping biological specimens.

  • Current MRI Safety certification and working knowledge of MRI safety.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Availability to work evenings and weekends, as needed. Ability to safely work near a strong magnetic field.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Substance Abuse
Hiring Salary Range
$17.23 - $18.74 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day


As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.