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#108127 Research Specimen Collector/Tester

Extended Review Date: Mon 5/17/2021

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/08/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/17/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Minor revisions have been made to the qualifications as of 04/29/21.


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, the incumbent will be working as a Research Specimen Collector/Tester for NIH-funded research studies, involving participants with schizophrenia and other mental illness and healthy aging volunteers. Incumbent will be required to perform standard blood-drawing procedures such as the collection, storage and accurate labeling of study participants’ blood samples, and will administer a variety of cognitive measures and self-report questionnaires. Phlebotomy and testing will be carried out both in the laboratory and in the field. Sample collection tasks will include drawing the participants’ blood, processing samples through centrifugation and pipetting, labeling each specimen correctly, as well as safely transporting and storing blood samples.

The incumbent will follow standard infection control procedures and safety policies and take universal precautionary measures. Testing tasks will include preparation of paper testing materials and ensuring that computerized assessments function properly. Additional responsibilities include scheduling and confirming visits, driving to residential facility locations to draw blood samples, conducting interim phone assessments and securely transporting blood samples and other laboratory materials (i.e., Fitbits, EMA devices) back to the laboratory. Incumbent will also be responsible for maintaining accurate visit records and for data entry regarding samples collected. Training in the responsible conduct of human research will be a requirement for working on this study.


  • Theoretical knowledge in Psychology, Biology, and/or Social Sciences as typically attained by a Bachelor’s Degree; and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Current phlebotomy license issued by the State of California. Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).

  • Must have current CPR certification.

  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge to obtain blood samples from difficult patient draws using appropriate blood drawing equipment, and using various parts of the arms and hands.

  • Knowledge of how to safely and effectively store and transport biological specimen to various locations/laboratories. Knowledge of universal precautions for handling blood specimens and basic infection control principles.

  • Thorough knowledge of general laboratory techniques such as centrifuge utilization, pipetting, labeling tubes, etc. Experience with data entry and checking.

  • Proven ability to administer and score neuropsychological tests accurately and following standard protocol.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Willingness to interact with and ability to respond sensitively to participants who may display behaviors consistent with the clinical presentation of bipolar disorder (e.g. mania or depression).

  • Proven active listening skills and ability to act upon participants’ concerns with a caring demeanor. Ability to calm participants and allay fears about study procedures.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to use tact and diplomacy with psychiatric patients, their families, faculty and institutional staff, as well as when representing the agency in the community.

  • User level (non-programming) experience with computers. Skill with personal computers, word processing, spreadsheet, email software, etc.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in relation to subjects recruited or enrolled in the study in accordance with institutional and State guidelines.


  • Previous work experience with Psychiatric patients.
  • Well organized and adept at generating and keeping accurate records. Must be detail oriented with good time-management skills and ability to prioritize.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
  • Must have reliable, insured vehicle and be willing to drive it to both the laboratory and board and care residential homes.
  • Must have valid Ca driver’s license and acceptable driving record, and be willing to travel to various locations within San Diego County.
  • Training in the responsible conduct of human research.

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/Geriatric Research
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
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RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday


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