#109754 Alcohol Research Study Associate
Filing Deadline: Mon 6/21/2021
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment : Apply by 06/10/21 for consideration
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Special Selection Applicants : Apply by 06/21/21. 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 of the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will assist in
coordinating and executing identified functions for this position that are
necessary for the overall continued success of longitudinal research projects
on the risks and genetics of alcohol use disorders. Incumbent will conduct
data analyses using such programs as Excel, SPSS, SAS, and R in preliminary
data analyses and evaluating particular hypotheses; report results of data set
checking and data analyses to the PI; use data analyses to continuously
evaluate study productivity and check study procedures/progress against
timelines and goals.
Conduct initial subject recruitment as well as locate, contact, and schedule
research participants. Administer diagnostic psychiatric interviews (SSAGAs
using BLAISE computer version), neuropsychological assessments, and other
measures when necessary. Review and edit others' interviews preparing for
consensus diagnoses with the PI. Handle blood samples, drawn by the P.I and/or
licensed phlebotomist, from adult and minor participants. Record interviewing
notes and organize notes and interview consensus diagnoses. Conduct ERP
Evoked Response Potential runs, and ensure ERP lab maintenance. Perform
other operational duties as needed.
Theoretical knowledge of psychology or related field preferred as
typically attained by a Bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination
of education and experience.
Additional background, education, and/or experience related to statistics
or a related field, with demonstrated experience with statistical analyses
and some statistical software (Excel, SPSS, SAS, Mplus, R), a range of
variable types and analyses such as ANOVA, contingency tables,
correlation, linear and logistic regression, and SEM to conduct data
cleaning operations and conduct data analyses to evaluate specific
Proven ability to administer phone and face-to-face interviews and keep
accurate and detailed records, semi-structured assessments for the
genetics of alcoholism (SSAGAs), and the BLAISE computerized interview.
Experience in a research setting involving human subjects, particularly
with nonclinical populations, youth, and senior adults; proven ability to:
1 establish rapport with participants and ability to maintain
equanimity in the face of resistance, indifference, or hostility from
participants; 2 appropriately and successfully respond to
participants' issues, complaints, and noncompliance; and 3 recruit
research subjects, particularly using online procedures for identifying
potential participants and email and phone call follow-ups to manage final
recruitment into a research protocol.
Demonstrated ability to administer psychiatric tests specifically for
Alcoholic Clinical Research Studies including BLAISE and both SSAGA II and
C-SSAA-A II, and Neuropsychological behavioral and environmental measures.
Basic knowledge of and skill in using psychiatric diagnostic criteria
including demonstrated ability to use DSM-IIIR and DSM-IV criteria and
apply them to diagnosis, as well as college level course work completed in
psychology or a related field.
Understanding of risks and genetics of alcohol use disorders and
experience with Evoked Response Potential (ERP) and/or EEG and/or
related assessment procedures.
Proficiency in computer and internet experience using computer software
packages, including MS Word. ACCESS, BLAISE.
Excellent interpersonal skills with participants and all levels of staff.
Proven ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally.
Proven ability to use appropriate and effective intercommunication skills
with younger and less mature research subjects including children.
Strong ability to keep accurate, detailed, and organized records. Ability
to maintain strict confidentiality; HIPAA training in policies and
Ability to work independently with high self-motivation.
Completion of college degree in psychology or related field.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends.
Must have access to reliable transportation.
Willingness and ability to handle and mail blood samples.
UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego
region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research,
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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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to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected
veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete
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UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit
smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.
Commensurate with Experience
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday
As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana
and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.