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#92113 Research Assistant

Extended Deadline: Tue 5/29/2018

Please note that this position is now available for externals to apply and is changing to a 55% Career Appointment/Part-Time

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 2/15/18 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.


The Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health within the Department of Medicine at UCSD aims to conduct high-caliber research to improve the health and social conditions of our global communities through training, outreach and global health leadership. The Division promotes research, teaching and service based on the principles of social justice and health equity. The Division also promotes the development of equal binational partnerships with UCSD, other academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Under the supervision of a Principal Investigator and Research Program Manager, the incumbent will assist in the day-to-day operations of mixed-method scientific research within the fields of public health and epidemiology, focusing on HIV, gender-based violence, substance use, and mental health among vulnerable populations.

The Research Assistant position will require a combination of tasks including project assistance, study field work, and data management for multiple mixed-methods research projects, study field work, and data management. Project assistance responsibilities include: assisting in creating and maintaining documentation for the Institutional Review Board; maintaining human subjects’ protocol; scheduling team meetings and appointments; formatting study materials; maintaining study files; securing confidential data; ensuring maintenance of standard operating procedures; and prioritizing and monitoring project timelines and tasks. Study field work responsibilities include: recruiting of study participants; screening participants into studies; completing interviewer-administered surveys; and organizing participant files. Data management responsibilities include: programming of surveys, data entry, database management, and codebook development; preparing datasets for analyses; storing and transferring data; and ensuring quality control and accuracy of audio files/qualitative transcripts.

The Research Assistant will be working within an interdisciplinary team and with high-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g., people living with HIV/AIDS, women who have been sexually assaulted, women in current abusive relationships, women who have substance use and/or mental health problems, etc.). Providing an open and non-judgmental environment in all settings and for study participants is vital for the purpose of the research projects.


  • Graduation from an accredited university with a major in Health Sciences, Public Health, Social/Behavioral Sciences or related field.

  • Theoretical knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research.

  • Must be willing to interact and work with high-risk, marginalized, vulnerable populations (e.g., people living with HIV/AIDS, women who have been sexually assaulted, women in current abusive relationships, women who have substance use and/or mental health problems, etc.). Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.), conducting data entry, transcription and quality control, of quantitative and qualitative data using MS Access, MS Word, and Express Scribe (or other transcription software).

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills. Demonstrated skill in prioritizing multiple responsibilities and tasks. Demonstrated ability to work in a busy team-oriented environment and to meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Institutional Review Board and other federal research policies and procedures. Ability to maintain ethical human subjects’ protocols.

  • Experience with data management. Knowledge of how to conduct working datasets using raw data. Ability to construct new variables, using existing variables from a dataset.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must have valid California Driver’s License and acceptable driving record.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation for off-site travel and willing to travel within San Diego.

  • Must be willing to work flexible hours in order to meet participants’ scheduling needs.

  • Must be willing to conduct interviews on sensitive topics such as physical and/or sexual abuse and sexual and drug-related risk behaviors.

  • Training in the responsible conduct of human subjects’ research will be a requirement for working on this study.

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 Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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UC San Diego School of Medicine
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