Opportunities within the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge


The Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) is a campus-wide initiative aimed at cutting the burden of depression in half by 2050. With sponsorship from UCLA, we are conducting a series of studies which will enable us to 1) identify the genetic, biological, cognitive, social and environmental factors associated with depression and 2) implement an innovative and comprehensive treatment strategy. Some of these studies will contribute to an unprecedented 100,000 person genetics study.

We are recruiting members to join our team for the following positions.

Research description:

We are recruiting undergraduate volunteers to assist in conducting ongoing research studies for the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC). The DGC is a campus-wide initiative aimed at cutting the burden of depression in half by 2050. Focusing on the use of mobile health technology, we are conducting several demonstration projects to understand the genetic, biological, cognitive, social and environmental factors associated with depression. In gaining a more precise understanding of the factors associated with depression, these preliminary studies will enable us to implement an innovative, personalized, and comprehensive treatment strategy, and ultimately will contribute to an unprecedented genetic study of 100,000 people with depression.

For a comprehensive list of current DGC studies, please visit our Studies Landing Page.

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Qualifications:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.3.
  • Prior research or clinical experience is a plus, but not required.
  • Must be able to attend weekly lab meetings on Wednesdays 10-11 AM.
  • Must be able to commit to the DGC for at least one full academic year.

Responsibilities:

The primary role of undergraduate research assistants (RAs) is:

  • Data entry and data quality control procedures.
  • Assist with email and phone communication (e.g. phone screens) to enrolled participants in various research projects.
  • Conduct audio recording transcriptions.
  • Administer neurocognitive assessments with research participants.
  • Assist with MRI data collection.
  • Opportunities to observe diagnostic clinical assessments with different clinical populations.
  • Opportunities to attend weekly clinical supervision meetings and various training seminars.

Applicants must be exceptionally detail oriented, have excellent phone etiquette, be comfortable in working with a psychiatric patient population, and be able to follow instructions precisely and work independently.

All RAs will need to complete official volunteer paperwork and training through the UCLA Health Systems. RAs in our lab may earn SRP course credit after completing one quarter and demonstrating sufficient work ethic and skill.

Hours per week: A minimum of 6 hours per week.

Number of Positions Available: 5.

Contact info:
Principal Investigator: Nelson Freimer, MD & Michelle Craske, PhD
Dept: Semel Institute and Psychology
Address: Semel Institute, 2nd Floor

We are accepting applications on a continuous basis. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to all the lab managers listed below in one email:

Name: Nora Barnes-Horowitz
Email: NBarnesHorowitz@mednet.ucla.edu
Name: Katie Patel
Email: katiepatel@mednet.ucla.edu
Name: Olivia Russak
Email: orussak@mednet.ucla.edu
Name: Madison Schmidt
Email: mrschmidt@mednet.ucla.edu

We have several full-time SRA positions available and are looking for new members to join our team in support of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Human Studies. Apply through the UCLA Health Job Posting website here and search for the following Job IDs or click on the Job IDs:

Please contact Dr. Eliza Congdon at econgdon@mednet.ucla.edu for inquiries about postdoctoral fellowships with the DGC

The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge is looking for a candidate to design and manage cutting-edge information technology infrastructure for large-scale depression research program including frontend, backend, database, web, and mobile systems. Central to our research initiative is the development of behavioral health tracking for screening, monitoring and tracking treatment interventions in depression. The candidate will be responsible for the design, development, and management of scalable data quality analytics tools for distributed mobile application deployments and manage user data provisioning for research groups. The ideal candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team and collaborate with clinical research teams to meet requirements of an evolving research program.

Mobile Backend Developer Responsibilities:

  • Design and manage cutting-edge information technology infrastructure for large-scale depression research program including frontend, backend, database, web, and mobile systems.
  • Design, develop, and manage scalable data quality analytics tools for distributed mobile application deployments and manage user data provisioning for research groups.
  • Develop integrated interfaces to 3rd party applications including clinical data management systems, electronic health record systems, workflow automation systems, SMS and phone automation systems, user-facing web applications, etc.
  • Collaborate with software development teams on new feature design, implementation, and testing on all system components.
  • Interface with clinical research team on new and evolving requirements and troubleshoot technical issues; train research staff on protocols requiring clinical research team support
  • Interface with institutional healthcare organization on system integration and security requirements.

Required Skills:

  • B.S. Degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Proficient with full stack mobile and web application development.
  • Proficient in PHP, Python, Javascript, NodeJS, or similar languages.
  • Experience with REST-based API design and development
  • Experience interacting with web services (REST, JSON) and implementing data serialization and deserialization.
  • Experience with modern communication protocols like MQTT, Mosquitto, and Websockets
  • Experience with network security, TLS, access control methods
  • Experience with Git, writing unit tests, continuous deployment, and code documentation
  • Familiarity with Android application and Java development
  • Candidate must be comfortable leading team research meetings and adhering to timelines
  • Able to commit to at least one-year in the position

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience integrating with third-party cloud APIs and mobile SDKs.
  • Proficiency in Android application and Java development.
  • Experience in iOS application and Objective-C development.
  • Experience with low-level protocols including HTTP and UPnP.
  • Full-stack experience and the ability and desire to contribute to a small-team in multiple ways.
  • Familiarity with clinical research.

We are looking for someone who is productive and organized, able to work as part of a team with diverse research backgrounds, is results oriented and self-motivated to develop this critical aspect of our research program. Immediate start date preferred.

To learn more about the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, visit us here.

Apply: If interested, please send statement of interest and CV to Dr. Eliza Congdon at econgdon@mednet.ucla.edu, or apply through the UCLA Health Job Posting website here and search for Job ID H97418.

Work Study position descriptions are available through myUCLA under the following Job IDs:

  • 2000-21
  • 2000-39
  • 2000-40