Research Associate, Nutrition

Massachusetts, United States
23 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health



Position Description

The Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks a Research Associate to contribute to a team focused on developing an action-oriented evidence base and improving communication about the evidence to the public in order to inform policy and decision-making on childhood obesity prevention and nutrition promotion.

Specific roles for the Research Associate include:

  • Managing datasets, performing data analysis, and interpreting findings
  • Contributing to project design decisions and developing proposals for new research
  • Coordinating day-to-day study operations, including overseeing data collection schedules
  • Interacting with community partners and collaborators
  • Developing and writing content for the Obesity Prevention Source, the third-most visited website at Harvard Chan
  • Co-authoring scientific papers

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in public health, nutrition, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, health policy, health communications, or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct empirical research projects with a high degree of independence
  • Skills and experience applying quantitative methods to large datasets, including strong proficiency in Stata, SAS, or R
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong scientific writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific findings to a general public audience
  • Excellent problem solving and organizational skills
  • Comfort balancing the practical and intellectual demands of a diverse portfolio of projects
  • The ideal candidate has a track record of successful participation in collaborative research projects and topical expertise related to obesity. The candidate will be detail-oriented, flexible, collaborative, and accustomed to working independently.

Special Instructions

Please submit a CV and the names of three references.

Contact Information

applications should be submitted through ARIES only.

Contact Email


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.