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POST DATE 8/12/2016
END DATE 2/19/2017

University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)


Job Title:
Research Assistant

UCLA Title:
Staff Res Assoc II-Nonexempt

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Work Hours:

Work Location:
Semel-Westwood, CA.

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Minimum Salary:
$22.57 / $3927

Maximum Salary:
$36.32 / $6320

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The Research Assistant will be the primary contact for subjects within the ABCD study, responsible of conducting baseline and follow-up interviews, administrating tests, and a majority of the responsibility for assessments. They will need to operate the MRI scanner. This research proposal is one of 11 Research Project Sites/Hubs intricately linked to the ABCD-USA Consortium Coordinating and Data Analysis Informatics Cores. In support of the ABCD-USA consortium goals and unique specific aims of 8/13 ABCD-USA application, UCLA will recruit and assess 425 of the 11,000+ 9-10 years old and will assist with data analysis, interpretation of results, manuscript preparation, and produce progress reporting materials.
There will be minimal oversight by study PIs, frequent contact with SRA Supervisor.
Daily duties include:
Conduct interviews for ABCD Subaward from CHLA
Baseline and follow-up, in-person interview with participants and collateral informants
i. Forward study-appropriate subjects to lab assistant for scheduling
Administer neuropsychological testing to participants
Be trained to criterion for neuropsych battery used in study
Be trained in substance use measures
Be trained in diagnostic interviewing

Provide secondary support for MRI scans in case of technician unavailability
Prepare subjects for scanning
i. Educate subjects on study procedures and obtain informed consent.
ii. Teach subjects scanning procedures and functional MRI tasks. Our functional MR imaging is an interactive process in which the subject or patient performs a computerized task and provides experimental feedback. Patients must be trained to perform the needed language, memory and navigation tasks. And to use the MR safe input devices before imaging.
Operate MR
i. Understanding of MR methodology
ii. Troubleshoot problems that might occur

Supervise Assistants working on project


1. Skill in analyzing information, problems, situations, or procedures to: define the problem or objective; identify relevant concerns or factors; identify patterns, tendencies and relationships; formulate logical and objective conclusions; and recognize alternatives and their implications. All tasks, required.
2. Skill in establishing priorities, which accurately reflect relative importance of job duties. All tasks, required.
3. Skill in working as part of a team; collaborating with colleagues. All tasks, required.
4. Skill in coordinating various actions by determining the time and sequence of events to be taken in accord with standard policies practice. All tasks, required.
5. Skill in prioritizing assignments to complete work in a timely manner when there changes in workload; changes in assignments; pressures of deadlines; competing requirements; and heavy workload. All tasks, required.
6. Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with minimal direction. All tasks, required.
7. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to comprehend technical and procedure manuals records written in Standard English. All tasks, required.
8. Ability to work and practice professional relationships with research subjects, patients and families. All tasks, required.
9. Computer skills including word processing, email systems, file transfer, spreadsheets, data entry, data base maintenance, including the ability to enter data and maintain study records. All tasks, required.
10. Working knowledge of Matlab, SPM, FSL, Unix, HTML, Javascript, Preferred.
11. Fluency in English and Spanish. All tasks, preferred.
12. Ability to operate Siemens MRI System. All tasks, preferred.
13. Ability to administer neuropsychological tests as necessary. All tasks, preferred.
14. Ability to use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft PowerPoint in preparation of research diagrams and presentations. Preferred

Complete Application