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Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (HS Clin or ClinX) - Palliative Care

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 28th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



The Department of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine is committed to academic and clinical excellence and diversity within our faculty, staff, and trainees. The Palliative Care Program at UC San Diego Health in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry ( is currently seeking a psychiatrist to join UC San Diego’s Palliative Care Program who is experienced in the psychiatric treatment of individuals with serious, advanced, and often life limiting disease.

Applicants must be licensed in California with an M.D. or D.O.. The applicant must have experience in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms and disorders in patients with serious medical illness, have experience in consultation liaison psychiatry and palliative care.

Fellowship training in palliative medicine and/or consultation liaison psychiatry, and/or extensive practice in these areas, is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong track record in clinical care and collaborating across disciplines. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to maintain the highest standards of clinical care, teaching, and professional activities and to develop a climate that supports equality and diversity.

The psychiatrist will be skilled in responding to consultations for delirium, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, challenging personality traits or disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and helping to manage pain, nausea, and dyspnea that is not responding as expected to typical interventions.

The psychiatrist will participate in high intensity, often crisis, situations to rapidly assess and relieve the patient’s suffering. With strong assessment and reassessment, the psychiatrist will be skilled in utilizing rapid treatments for hyperactive delirium (often with agitation), depression, and anxiety to quickly provide palliation to patients and their families in a time of great stress. Managing symptoms at the end of life will also be part of the responsibility of the psychiatrist. These may include symptoms of terminal delirium, anxiety and panic associated with dyspnea, and grief.

The psychiatrist must be comfortable in working with a variety of other members of the patient’s care team. These may include referring physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, chaplains, rehabilitation specialists, a variety of trainees from different programs, as well as the patient’s family.

The UCSD Department of Psychiatry seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our strong commitment to the twin goals of achievement of excellence and diversity among our faculty and staff.

Interested applicants must submit a CV, a cover letter and a separate statement summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity (For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see Candidates may also submit a statement of interest in or evidence of clinical experience in palliative care, palliative care psychiatry, and consultation liaison psychiatry. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. For consideration, please apply via

The appropriate series and appointment at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.
A link to full descriptions of each series is provided for your review:
HS Clinical Professor - see:
Clinical X Professor - see:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

San Diego, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Clinical Care - Candidates may also submit a statement of interest in or evidence of clinical experience in palliative care, palliative care psychiatry, and consultation liaison psychiatry.


  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)