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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.