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#97901 (RN) Clinical Research HIV Testing Supervisor

Filing Deadline: Wed 2/20/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/08/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/20/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health within the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego aims to eliminate the burdens of infectious diseases and health disparities by delivering outstanding patient care, conducting world-class multidisciplinary health research, directing the institutional response to antimicrobial resistance, preventable healthcare associated infections, and emerging pathogens, and offering leadership, consultation and training on global public health, gender equity, microbiology, and infectious diseases topics.

Supervises staff responsible for working with departments, staff, patients and families in using clinical research techniques. May assume full responsibility for the research in delegated studies. Receives assignments in the form of objectives with goals and the processes by which to attain them. Supervises daily operations, and performance requirements. Has full oversight for staffing, performance management, and programmatic workflow of project. Under the direction of the Clinical Operations Director, incumbent serves as the Clinical Research HIV Testing Supervisor, will supervise and coordinate HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing within the Primary Infection Research Consortium (PIRC) at the Antiviral Research Center (AVRC).

HIV testing will be performed by research assistants at the AVRC; at the "Good to Go" offsite location; as well as various venues around San Diego County working with the mobile testing van. Duties include supervising the day to day operations of HIV and STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing as well as recruiting, consenting and following patients with new HIV infections and advising/educating patients on best health practices including antiviral medications and treatment for STI's. Incumbent is responsible for supervising the HIV and STI testing project including oversight with consenting research subjects, data collection, phlebotomy, STI testing, STI results and dissemination of study results to testing clients.

Additional duties will include recruiting, consenting and following patients with new HIV infections and advising/educating patients on best health practices including antiviral medications and treatment for STI's for longitudinal follow up. Collects research patient data, completes case report forms and analyzes data entry as necessary. Organize and manage inpatient and outpatient functions as assigned. Collaborates with other research partners both within the Infectious Disease Division and UCSD campus.

Review protocols, and attend in-service presentations for new protocols. Attends weekly HIV and Global Health Rounds. Advise research personnel on proper nursing skills required to perform research studies. Participate in quality management and patient safety practices as it applies to the PIRC program. Work on special projects as assigned by Principal Investigators and Administrative Nurse.

In addition will perform as necessary phlebotomy, antiretroviral drug administration and education, investigational drug administration, intravenous medication infusions, assisting with various procedures, monitoring vital signs, IV insertions, pharmacokinetic specimen collections, ECGs and scheduling and facilitating other diagnostic testing. Assist Principal Investigators in the conduct of research by providing nursing expertise on the recruitment, treatment, patient education, and monitoring of patients involved in HIV testing, clinical trials and other research studies.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in related area.

  • Graduate from an accredited school of Nursing.

  • Current State of California Registered Nurse (RN) license. Minimally six (6) months of clinical experience working with Infectious Disease/HIV patients.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • A minimum of five (5+) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Broad knowledge of clinical or laboratory research and clinical research philosophy. Ability to translate clinical research philosophy into business best practices in a trial setting.

  • Strong project management skills. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities, prioritize projects and meet the demands of a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. Adaptable to quickly changing priorities.

  • Proven experience managing people with a wide range of educational backgrounds and skills. Management and conflict resolution skills to effectively lead and motivate others. Experience in training others in the field of research.

  • Demonstrates good problem-solving and analytical skills. Creatively addresses complex or new problems.

  • Ability to perform all commonly applicable functions in word processing and spreadsheet software. Effectively uses campus' clinical information and documentation application programs. Proven ability utilizing clinical trial management systems.

  • Strong communicator; includes verbal and written, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills. Clear and concise communicator. Ability to influence and negotiate.

  • Ability to educate patients, partners, family members and community members on infectious diseases relevant to projects being conducted such as HIV, HBV, HCV, TB, respiratory infections and other complicated infectious processes.

  • Skills to work collaboratively with other cross-functional teams. Ability to interface and collaborate with members of an extended study team. Ability to influence/persuade. Proven ability to effectively coordinate and integrate programs with others in department and organization.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including but not limited to: problem-solving, teamwork development, leadership, mentorship. Interpersonal skills to effectively motivate others. Works well with others to achieve common goals. Ability to cultivate relationships with multiple stakeholders at various levels of administration.

  • Knowledge of the tenants of Good Clinical Practice as it applies to research.

  • Knowledge and skill to be able to elicit confidential, private information from patients for research purposes including sexual practices, sexual and needle sharing partners and illicit drug use.


  • Advanced degree in related area.
  • Ability to understand clinical research protocols and carry out specialized clinical research procedures such as PK sampling, IV infusions, EKG's, assist with biopsies, assist with STI sampling and HIV test counseling.
  • Experience in recognizing adverse events in patients with complex disease processes such as HIV, HBV, HCV, TB, blood infections, respiratory infections and other complex infectious diseases and ability to communicate events to PI in a timely manner, ability to describe AE in detail both orally and written word.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with people at high risk for HIV/HCV infection.

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
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MEDICINE/Infectious Disease
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri


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