Research Associate in Global Nutrition

Massachusetts, United States
01 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health



Position Description

The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health seeks a Global Nutrition Research Associate to join our dynamic research program that working closely with technical agencies and operational partners across Africa and South Asia to generate evidence to improve maternal and child nutrition.

The Research Associate will provide full-time support for several research projects led by Dr. Sheila Isanaka. He/she will help manage both administrative and scientific activities and ensure that study activities and outputs are delivered on time and to the highest quality.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to collaborate on research papers and to develop and extend skills in statistical analysis, drafting grant proposals, and preparing manuscripts for publication. The Research Associate will be highly organized, detail-oriented, and skilled at managing multiple projects simultaneously.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide technical support in research development, including:
  • Support coordination of ongoing projects, including monitoring timelines and work plans for project milestones and deliverables.
  • Prepare documentation for IRB submissions.
  • Draft documents for study implementation, including study protocols, data collection tools, and standard operating procedures.
  • Draft progress reports and communications materials for funders and key stakeholders.
  • Provide statistical support to clean and organise large, quantitative datasets, as well as programming support for pre-defined analyses.
  • Write and revise research reports and peer-review publications.
  • Conduct additional tasks, as assigned by the principal investigator.

Basic Qualifications

  • At least doctoral level degree in epidemiology, public health or related field.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in developing countries is preferred.
  • Expert knowledge of statistical analysis program (R, Stata, or SAS).
  • Experience in conducting quantitative research in nutrition and pediatrics with good publication record, commensurate with experience.
  • Familiarity with the community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM).
  • Proven statistical and writing skills.
  • Relevant working experience with international nutrition NGOs would be an advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills, both in speech and writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Strong attention to detail, excellent time management and organizational skills with consistent follow through.
  • Knowledge of French is helpful, but not needed.

Contact Information

Sheila Isanaka

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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