#101832 Laboratory Assistant II

La Jolla, CA
Sep 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Please note that this is a part-time position.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/23/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/02/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


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 Laboratory Assistant will assist in performing a number of duties for research studies focusing on neurocognitive impairment in older Hispanics/Latinos with and without HIV. Major responsibilities will include assisting with the following: administration and scoring of neuropsychological tests and clinical rating scales in English and Spanish; administration of physical assessments in English and Spanish; preparation and processing of data charts for computerized entry, and entry of data into clinical research database system;

Assists in preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) materials and retention efforts, working as part of a research team to recruit study participants; assist with the conduction of focus groups with elderly Hispanics/Latinos; assist in processing of qualitative research data; and performing other general research tasks, such as: library and computer research, and general administrative and office tasks.

  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one (1) year of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must possess the knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Proficient in English and Spanish (reading, writing, oral fluency, comprehension).

  • Demonstrated understanding of psychology, cognitive aging, HIV and Hispanic/Latino health.

  • Demonstrated experience working in research environments focused on Hispanic/Latino health.

  • Proven familiarity with scoring of neuropsychological tests and clinical rating scales.

  • Familiarity with the following psychological testing and structured interviewing techniques: Composite International Diagnostic Interview, cognitive battery (e.g., HVLT, Trail Making Test, NIH Toolbox Cognition battery), qualitative aspects of research participation.

  • Proficiency using PC's including relational databases, word processing, spreadsheet, and statistical analysis programs (JMP).

  • Demonstrated ability to enter data into relational databases in an accurate and precise manner.

  • Demonstrated experience with grant writing.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.


Ability to design and maintain logs; develop reports and tables.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be willing to work with persons living with HIV and an elderly research population.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and willing to travel off-site to conduct assessments.
  • Must be able to work occasional overtime, weekends or flexible schedule.

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