Nutrition Technician

Maryland, United States
25 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10-$22.12 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Part-Time 
Schedule: Mon-Fri, Varies 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 17-MD:JH Prohealth Gwynn Oak 
Department name: 10002809-SOM DOM General Internal Medicine 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General Summary/Purpose:

The Nutrition Technician is an integral part of the ProHealth Research team. This position involves all aspects of day to day operations in a research kitchen. This includes ordering, cooking and measuring food for research studies, menu planning, overall observance of and monitoring of food safety practices. This position also includes duties such as study participant management which includes anthropometric measurements, assisting study participants with questionnaires, observing diet records and meal completion. Other duties as assigned such as data collection and entry.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

Directly reports to the Research Dietitian. Conforms to work policies and procedures of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Weighs, prepares and packages research meals for eating on site and to carry home. Assists in ordering of foods, forecasting for food purchasing and quality assurance of meals and food products.  Prepares research meals from scratch using a gram scale and calculated research recipes. Assists in menu development, reviews menus and recipes for research studies; assuring that they are reproducible, accurate and palatable and within the guidelines of the research protocol needs. Reviews daily food diaries for completeness and accuracy and conveys concerns to Research Dietitian. Administers and reviews other food questionnaires for completeness and accuracy. Collects and enters food diary data into the computer database. Maintains open communication with ProHealth research team. Interacts with other medical professionals, such as physicians, principal investigators, clinical and research nurses, and research coordinators. Oversees food safety in research kitchen and maintains records of food and equipment temperature to meet food safety guidelines.  Assumes additional responsibilities as required by the Research Dietitian.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

AA, BS, or BA in Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Public Health or related sciences, or ADA Approved Dietetic Technician Program License. Experience cooking in a research kitchen.

Preferred qualifications:

At least 1 year preferred, not required.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Oven, steamer, meat slicer, dish washer, stove top, knives, cooking equipment, vacuum sealer.
  • Able to work on multiple projects at one time.
  • Computer and internet skills to include basic MS Word and Excel and ability to do data entry as assigned. 
  • Ability to focus and pay meticulous attention to details is a must.
  • Able to weigh and measure food for research study.
  • Ability to cook research meals from scratch by using tested recipes to achieve desired research meals that are palatable and appropriate for study guidelines is required.
  • Excellent verbal communication and basic mathematic skills required.

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

Must possess current Serve Safe Certification (no more than 3 years old) or be willing to take Serve Safe Manager course and successfully pass exam

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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