This position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.
Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/4/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.
This position is based in El Centro.
The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 500+ full-time salaried faculty members and 150+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 800+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are over 250 clinical faculties practicing at multiple sites and hospitals. Professional fee billings for the department exceed $50 million with collections of over $19 million per year. The total annual budget is approximately $200 million, which includes contract and grant revenues, clinical practice and medical center funds, and other state and private endowment funds.
Under supervision, the incumbent will be working as a Research Specimen Collector/Tester for an National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research study. Incumbent will be required to perform standard blood-drawing procedures such as the collection, storage and accurate labeling of study participants' blood samples. Phlebotomy and testing will be carried out both in the laboratory and in the field. Sample collection tasks will include drawing the participants' blood, processing samples through centrifugation and pipetting, labeling each specimen correctly, as well as safely transporting and storing blood samples. The incumbent will follow standard infection control procedures and safety policies and take universal precautionary measures. The incumbent will also measure blood pressure with a standard cuff and record results. Additional responsibilities include scheduling and confirming visits, driving to participants' home locations to draw blood samples, conducting interim phone assessments and securely transporting blood samples and other laboratory materials (i.e., study smartphone) back to the laboratory. Incumbent will also be responsible for maintaining accurate visit records and for data entry regarding samples collected. The incumbent will assist in data entry, maintenance of the database and assorted research-related laboratory and administrative tasks as needed. Perform other miscellaneous duties and responsibilities as required. Training in the responsible conduct of human research will be a requirement for working on this study.
Theoretical knowledge in Psychology, Biology, and/or Social Sciences and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must be a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).
Must possess CPR/BLS Healthcare Provider (recognized by AHA or equivalent).
Phlebotomy training, certification, and experience, with demonstrated ability to perform venipuncture/phlebotomy on patients with difficult venous accessibility.
Knowledge of how to safely and effectively store and transport biological specimen to various locations/laboratories. Knowledge of universal precautions for handling blood specimens and basic infection control principles.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
Knowledge of general laboratory techniques such as centrifuge utilization, pipetting, labeling tubes, etc. Experience with data entry and checking.
Ability to maintain sanitary secure work area and comply with institutional, State and Federal guidelines.
Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record. Must be willing to drive it to both the laboratory and participants' homes.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in relation to subjects recruited or enrolled in the study in accordance with institutional and State guidelines. Training in the responsible conduct of human research.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Willingness to interact with and ability to respond sensitively to participants who may display behaviors consistent with the clinical presentation of bipolar disorder (e.g. mania or depression).
Demonstrated active listening skills and ability to act upon participants' concerns with a caring demeanor. Ability to calm participants and allay fears about study procedures.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to use tact and diplomacy with psychiatric patients, their families, faculty and institutional staff, as well as when representing the agency in the community.
UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 8 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom - life is their laboratory. UC San Diego's rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. The university's award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.