Jobs and Internships

Available Positions:

Post-Doctoral Fellow

ChildObesity180 is part of the Gerald J and Dorothy R Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and is located at Tufts University’s Boston, MA campus.  The Friedman School is a rare blend of nutrition scholarship and policy expertise, and a leader in science, education, and public policy, whose faculty work together to address large and complex nutrition issues across the globe. The ChildObesity180 Post-Doctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to join over 200 Friedman School graduate students, fellow post-doctoral fellows, and faculty in seminars, workshops, and other scholarly and social activities as part of the Friedman School and the larger Tufts community.

ChildObesity180 is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work as part of the research and evaluation team to help develop and execute a cutting-edge research agenda in the areas of diet, nutrition, and obesity prevention, in line with the goals of ChildObesity180 and focused on one or more of the initiatives. This Post-Doctoral Fellow position provides a unique opportunity to develop and translate evidence-based approaches to obesity prevention into interventions that directly impact children’s health, and to rigorously evaluate the impact of such interventions.  The Post-Doctoral Fellow position is a 2-3 year opportunity beginning on June 1, 2015, with some flexibility around the start date.

Key responsibilities of the Post-Doctoral Fellow will include:

  • Developing grant proposals to support research efforts
  • Data management, analysis, and interpretation
  • Developing publications and abstracts, and presenting research findings internally and at scientific meetings
  • Collaborating with initiative staff to ensure synergy between research activities and program implementation
  • Supervising graduate students and intern research projects  
  • Study design, including developing research and evaluation instruments
  • Oversight of data collection efforts  
  • Conducting literature reviews and synthesizing findings to support research efforts
  • Advancing the overall research agenda of ChildObesity180

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work under the direction of Christina Economos, PhD, ChildObesity180 Vice-Chair and Director and Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.  The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also work closely with initiative teams and with members of the ChildObesity180 research and evaluation team.

Key Skills and Experience


  • PhD in nutrition, public health, epidemiology, or the social and behavioral sciences
  • Strong interest in applied obesity prevention research
  • Highly experienced with statistical software (SAS and/or SPSS) and Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong analytical skills, including graduate-level statistics experience (e.g., experience conducting descriptive statistics, regression analysis, repeated measures ANOVA)
  • Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Detail-oriented
  • Highly organized and motivated
  • Excellent writing and communication skills

Additional (preferred):

  • Prior grant writing experience
  • Experience collecting data from children
  • Experience leading data collection teams
  • Data management experience
  • Qualitative data analysis experience (e.g., focus groups, NVivo software)
  • Experience with sophisticated statistical techniques (e.g., mixed models, latent class analysis, propensity score analysis, structural equation modeling) and/or a desire to obtain further experience in these areas
  • Experience with reference management software like Endnote

How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to Cover letters should clearly explain how this opportunity will advance the candidate’s career objectives.

Summer 2015 Graduate Student Internships

ChildObesity180 is currently accepting applications for three (3) full-time summer 2015 internships.

Research: Restaurant Initiative
ChildObesity180 is committed to utilizing the best available evidence and to executing rigorous research and evaluation in order to understand the true impact of our organization and its initiatives. We are seeking a graduate student intern to work with our research team on restaurant initiative research. Primary responsibilities will include quantitative and qualitative analysis of data from an intervention study aiming to promote healthy eating among children in restaurants. The intern will also be involved in other research activities, such as literature reviews, study design, data collection, additional data management and analysis, and scientific writing.

Health Equity
ChildObesity180 is committed to reaching children disproportionately impacted by the obesity epidemic. While there are hopeful signs that the rising trend of obesity may be leveling off at the population level, it is increasingly clear that greater effort and attention are needed to reach those communities disproportionately impacted by the epidemic. We are seeking a graduate student intern to support a variety of health equity-related work, including but not limited to design and execution of staff education activities; briefing staff prior to site visits to peer organizations; and working with our initiatives to advance efforts to address to disparities.

Research and Evaluation: Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP)
ChildObesity180 is committed to utilizing the best available evidence and to executing rigorous research and evaluation in order to understand the true impact of our organization and its initiatives. We are seeking a graduate student intern to work with our research and evaluation team on physical activity and correlated metrics within the Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) initiative. The scope of work revolves around review and analysis of accelerometery data as well as the development of generalizable code for use in future studies formatted to ChildObesity180’s standard. This is a wonderful opportunity to: work with real-world data; learn more about physical activity metrics; and hone SAS skills in data cleaning, data analysis, structured coding and macro language, and data visualization with graphics and charting. The intern will also have the opportunity to be involved with additional research activities, such as literature reviews and scientific writing.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in nutrition, public health, or a related field. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite is required.

  • For those applying to the Research: Restaurant Initiative Track internship, experience with and an interest in furthering skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, such as key informant interview synthesis and analysis, and good writing skills are required. Organization and attention to detail are important skills for this position. Experience with software packages like NVivo, SAS, and EndNote are a plus, but not required.
  • For those applying to the Health Equity internship, required skills include: excellent written communication and task organization; ability to interact professionally and listen with sensitivity; willingness to learn; basic internet research; and the ability to briefly summarize key points. Experience and demonstrated interest in subjects related to health equity and/or inequality strongly preferred. Interest in and skills related to health communications and/or qualitative research are a plus.
  • For those applying to the Research and Evaluation: ASAP Track Internship, previous experience with quantitative data analysis using SAS is preferred, and an interest in furthering skills in data management, programming, and analysis is required.

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to by March 20, 2015. Please address the following questions in your cover letter, limiting your responses to no more than one (1) single-spaced page:

  • Which track are you interested in pursuing (Research: Restaurant Initiative; Health Equity; or Research and Evaluation: ASAP) and why?
  • Why are you interested in working with ChildObesity180?
  • What will make this a successful internship experience for you? If this internship will be used to fulfill a degree requirement, please submit the criteria necessary to receive academic credit for the internship.
  • What relevant experience/knowledge/interests do you bring to this internship?
  • What is your availability to work from May to August 2015?

Internship Logistics
Applicants may apply to more than one advertised track (please include a separate cover letter for each), but are only eligible to participate in one track.
In addition to numerous opportunities to advance one’s learning in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment, this is a paid internship.