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Job ID: 218134

Research Assistant
Tufts University

Date Posted Jul. 21, 2023
Title Research Assistant
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Friedman School of Nutrition
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


The Food is Medicine initiative is a new collaborative effort at Tufts, bringing together faculty and students from the Friedman School, other university units, and national partners to advance research, training, patient care, and community engagement around food is medicine (FIM). 


This first-of-its-kind initiative will lead the nation in collaborative, high impact efforts to transform healthcare by integrating high-value food-based nutritional interventions and related programs as therapeutic and preventive interventions. The initiative will serve as a catalyst to drive change, improve health, reduce health disparities, and create a more equitable and resilient healthcare system that recognizes the power of food as medicine. 

What You'll Do

This is a one year limited term position with renewal depending on team needs, funding availability, and performance. 


We are seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented Research Assistant to join the Food is Medicine initiative. As a Research Assistant, you will play a crucial role in supporting our research and communication efforts by providing assistance in data collection, analysis, and project coordination.

Responsibilities include:

  • Data collection and organization: Assist in the collection and organization of data through various methods, including literature reviews, surveys, interviews, observations, and experiments. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of collected data
  • Data analysis: Conduct data analysis using appropriate statistical methods and software tools. Help interpret research findings and contribute to the preparation of research reports, summaries, and presentations
  • Literature reviews: Conduct comprehensive literature reviews to gather relevant research articles, reports, and scholarly materials. Summarize key findings and identify research gaps and opportunities
  • Project coordination: Support project coordination activities, such as tracking project timelines, and maintaining effective communication channels between team members and stakeholders
  • Documentation and reporting: Prepare accurate and concise documentation of research procedures, protocols, and outcomes. Contribute to the preparation of research reports, manuscripts, and presentations for conferences and publications
  • Collaboration and teamwork: Collaborate with other team members, including researchers, scientists, and project leads, to support research initiatives and achieve project goals. Contribute ideas and suggestions to enhance research processes and outcomes.

The ability to work in the US is required in order to apply for this position.


To apply, please send a resume, brief personal statement (1-page) on how your skills, experience, and long-term career goals contribute to your candidacy, 1-2 letters of reference from a professor, prior supervisor, or other professional familiar with your abilities and experience, and an official copy of academic transcript(s) by email to Orsolya Szabo at

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in science, nutrition/dietetics
  • Excellent writing and communication abilities
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills and data collection
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with statistical programming software, such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or ongoing graduate studies, preferably in nutrition or related science, is preferred but not mandatory.

Pay Range

Minimum $47,800.00, Midpoint $59,850.00, Maximum $71,900.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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