Research Analyst

North Carolina, United States
17 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
17 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


The Healthy Eating Research program at Duke University, Duke Global Health Institute seeks a 100% FTE Research Analyst.  Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) directed by Mary Story, PhD, RD and Megan Lott, MPH RD, Deputy Director. Healthy Eating Research funds research on policy, systems, and environmental strategies aimed at improving nutrition and preventing obesity in children (0 to 18 years of age) in the United states, with a priority on lower-income and racial and ethnic minority populations that are at-risk of poor nutrition and obesity. The program office manages Healthy Eating Research grantmaking and commissioned research for RWJF, sets the research agenda, provides technical assistance and direction to multidisciplinary research teams nationwide, and synthesizes and communicates research findings to help inform policy change at community, state, and federal levels. 

This position will serve as Research Analyst for the Healthy Eating Research (HER) national program office, under the supervision of the Program’s Deputy Director, Megan Lott. This individual will be responsible for a variety of complex and independent activities involved in the planning and organizing of research activities to support the mission of HER, including serving as the main program contact for all commissioned research grants and as a content expert for select special projects from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Primary responsibilities include:

Manage the program’s commissioned research portfolio, including collaborating with HER partners and key stakeholders to identify research gaps and solicit research proposals, maintaining a tracking system for commissioned research products, activities, and key milestones/deadlines (such as manuscripts, reports, presentations, and policy impacts); provide content-related technical assistance to commissioned research grantees; monitor research project progress through regular communications with research teams and work with HER Communications Analyst to proactively identify grantee communications and dissemination needs and outreach; and prepare reports as requested by the Program Director, Deputy Director, or Foundation.  

Perform a variety of complex activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation, and interpretation of information related to Healthy Eating Research projects and grantees, such as engaging in collaborations with key partners to identify research priorities; tracking published literature relevant to HER and RWJF priority areas; conducting literature searches on relevant topics of importance and evaluate and interpret research findings; and drafting reports or manuscripts, such as Issue Briefs or Research Reviews, to clearly communicate research study results.  

Participate in the design, execution, data gathering, and analysis for expert panels and other special Healthy Eating Research studies as requested by Funder.  

Assist with the application and review processes for HER’s funding opportunities, including: screening concept papers and full proposals for the program’s annual call for proposals; reviewing and providing feedback on commissioned research proposals (i.e., timeliness, relevance, and study design); and assist in scoping out projects to be commissioned through the program’s commissioned research grants.  

Provide logistical support and content expertise to HER Working Groups, including, but not limited to the Early Care and Education, Healthy Food Retail, and Food Service Guidelines Working Groups.   Assist with other projects as requested, including in the development, planning, and implementation of the program’s annual national professional conference of up to 150 participants; in the planning and development of HER national program office activities; and in the preparation of program grant applications and reports (5%).  

Represent Healthy Eating Research and/or present at meetings or conferences.  

Location Durham


Job Family Level 11

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

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Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires a bachelor's degree in a field related to the specific position.


Work requires four years of experience in research/data analysis or related position. A related master's degree may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g. a two year master's degree in lieu two years of experience. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Preference will be given to candidates with: 

  • work experience in public health, public policy, nutrition, social science, or related field
  • a work history demonstrating successful support of a research program
  • work experience with low-income or racial/ethnic minority populations, especially children and families
  • experience with nutrition or food policy-related issues
  • experience conducting literature reviews
  • Work requires a Master’s degree in public health, public policy, nutrition or another closely related field. An undergraduate degree in nutrition or background in nutrition training is preferred
  • Experience with research design and demonstrated competencies in on-line and library research as it relates to nutrition is required.
  • Familiarity with  food and nutrition policy, research, and governmental and NGO partners is required.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience is preferred.
  •  Experience in project management is a plus.


  • Evaluate and interpret data and draft reports or manuscripts detailing the results of research studies;
  • Conduct literature reviews and communicate findings as appropriate;
  • Participate in the design, execution, data gathering, and analysis for research projects;
  • Conduct ad hoc research in related topic areas as needed;
  • Assist in the preparation of manuscripts for submission to scientific journals.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Experience managing large studies and/or implementing complex projects;
  • Outstanding organizational and time-management skills and attention to detail, including ability to document work and maintain thorough and organized electronic and paper shared files;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A work history demonstrating the ability to work independently and to take initiative.

INTERESTED CANDIDATES should complete an application on-line at (requisition #401562736).  Please be sure to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, titles, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.