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Advances in computing systems are rapidly transforming health care, want to learn more?

There are important ethical considerations related to the design of these systems and how they are used by consumers and in clinical settings.

The new Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science houses the Research Center for Optimal Digital Ethics Health. At ReCODE Health, Dr. Camille Nebeker, investigators, and team look to shape responsible and ethical research practices in the emerging field of digital health. We conduct, support, and disseminate empirical research to inform ethical digital health research practices. We strive to promote awareness of ethical principles and practices. ReCODE Health houses more than 10 active multidisciplinary projects from various research-funding sources.

The Ethical and Responsible Research in the Design of Sociotechnical Systems (ER2) project explores the current ethical practices in digital health research. Digital health includes wearable fitness sensors, smart home devices, and condition monitoring applications. These technologies passively gather granular human data from research participants and introduce new ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI), including privacy concerns, data management, and informed consent. Through this research, our team will identify the ethical challenges researchers encounter.

Position Responsibilities

As a Research Assistant (RA), you will work closely with the research investigators and management team to assist in conducting literature reviews, developing surveys and curriculum, collecting study data, analyzing and coding quantitative and qualitative data, and interpreting results from different sources. You will help plan and facilitate community co-design workshops. You will participate in team and project meetings regularly. Other opportunities include manuscript writing, conference abstract and poster making, and creating visual reports to present study results.

Hours per week and time commitment

  • Must be available 10-12 hours per week through at least two academic UCSD quarters (12-month commitment preferred).
  • Looking for two students to start by summer 2023.

Job Location

  • UCSD Campus and remote


  • Ability to demonstrate professional demeanor
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of different public health areas
  • Interest in digital health research ethics


  • Enrolled in 3rd year of undergrad or enrolled in Graduate School

Academic Status

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply. This is an unpaid internship. Students can complete this internship for course credit (UCSD Undergraduate students may apply for FMPH 199 and MPH Students may apply to satisfy their Practicum or Capstone/Thesis Requirements).

Interested in applying?

Interested candidates must complete the form below and upload their most recently updated Resume or Curriculum Vitae. Send any questions to Brittany York at

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