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Research Dietitian - Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)
Tufts University

Date Posted Sep. 9, 2022
Title Research Dietitian - Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


The mission of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA) is to promote healthy aging through nutrition science to empower people seeking to enjoy long, active, and independent lives. HNRCA investigators conduct the world's most advanced studies on nutrition and aging. HNRCA scientists examine how nutrition and physical activity play a major role in the prevention of the major chronic degenerative conditions and diseases associated with aging.


The Metabolic Research Unit (MRU) is an HNRCA scientific core that supports and facilitates the clinical aspects of data and biological sample collection from volunteer human subjects. MRU staff provide nursing, dietary, participant engagement, and study management services. The Dietary Assessment Unit (DAU) provides expertise and services in dietary data collection methods, coding, data cleaning and management, and dietary data analysis, as well as assistance in the development of dietary intervention sections of new protocols, advice on dietary data collection methodologies, production of manuals of procedures and other nutrition-related materials, and development of new methodologies to improve the collection of dietary data.

What You'll Do

The Research Dietitian will work with principal investigators to develop and implement research-driven feeding protocols, will translate those protocols into standardized operating procedures that ensure high-quality food service by the HNRCA metabolic kitchen, and will work with dietary technicians and other MRU/DAU staff on menu development and the delivery of research diets related to human nutrition studies. The Research Dietitian will also lead and/or participate in dietary screening of study participants for various research protocols; administering protocol-specific instructions/dietary guidance to active study participants; developing and implementing research diets; managing dietary data collected by MRU; training and instructing diet technicians, dietetic interns, and other dietary staff. They will also lead and/or participate in the administration and review of dietary assessment tools for multiple protocols, including food records, 24-hour recalls, and food frequency questionnaires.


The Research Dietitian will also assist with data entry/coding and quality control checks of dietary data collected by the MRU/DAU. In addition, they will assist the DAU/MRU Manager in the following: DAU-related literature searches; development and validation of new dietary assessment tools as required with new protocols; and recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, and training of permanent and temporary MRU and DAU staff.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • MS in Nutrition, Dietetics, or equivalent
  • Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • One to two years of experience in a research setting
  • Microsoft Office, Medline/PubMed, familiarity with nutrition assessment databases
  • Strong verbal communication skills; interacts well with others
  • Ability to obtain ServSafe and Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training to work with human subjects within one month of start date


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Massachusetts License for Dietitians/Nutritionists (LDN)
  • Experience with Nutrition Data Systems for Research (NDSR) or similar food analysis program and familiarity with U.S. food items and food patterns
  • Two or more years of research experience


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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