Effective 7/29/20 minor revisions have been made to the qualifications that do not change the nature of the position.
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This position will be hired at the Staff Research Associate 1 or 2 level depending on the experience of the selected candidate.
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 and working with the Principal Statistician, the incumbent will work as Alcohol Research Study Coordinator responsible for 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. Works with PI and other research statisticians to conduct data analyses using programs such as Excel, SPSS, and SAS; assist in preliminary data analyses evaluating particular hypotheses; report results of data set checking and preliminary data analyses to the PI and Statisticians; use data analyses to continuously evaluate study productivity and check study procedures/progress against timelines and goals.
The incumbent will be involved in initial subject recruitment as well as design strategies to 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 in preparation for consensus diagnoses with the Principal investigator. Handle blood samples, drawn by the P.I and/or licensed phlebotomist, from adult and minor participants. Record interviewing notes and organize notes and interviews for diagnoses. Assist in ERP [Evoked Response Potential] runs. Perform other operational duties as needed.
Theoretical knowledge in psychology and psychiatry, especially regarding substance disorders and research, or High School Diploma/GED and two years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in psychology or related field and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must possess a valid driver's license.
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 and youth; and proven ability to:  establish rapport with participants and ability to maintain equanimity in the face of resistance, indifference, or hostility from participants;  appropriately and successfully respond to participants' issues, complaints, and noncompliance; and  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 experience performing data analyses utilizing programs as Excel, SPSS, and SAS to conduct data cleaning operations and conduct data analyses to evaluate specific hypotheses.
Experience and ability to administer psychiatric tests specifically for Alcoholic Clinical Research Studies including SSAGA II and C-SSAGA-A II, and Neuropsychological behavioral and environmental measures.
Basic knowledge of and skill in using psychiatric diagnostic criteria. Ability to use DSM-IIIR and DSM-IV criteria and apply them to diagnostic interview data, as well as college level course work completed in psychology or a related field.
Demonstrated experience in editing diagnostic psychiatric interviews in preparation for consensus diagnosis.
Understanding of risks and genetics of alcohol use disorders and experience with Evoked Response Potential (ERP) and/or EEG and/or related assessment procedures.
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