Thank you for your interest in working with ChildObesity180. We are happy to hear from talented individuals who want to advance their careers and make a difference in supporting the health and well being of all children.

You can find more information below about open positions, including full- and part-time positions and internships.

Open positions

Research Assistant (part-time)

Location: On campus, remote, or hybrid

Schedule: 15-20 hours/week

Compensation: Paid, $20-22 an hour

Start Date: 9/26/22 (tentative, based on completion of the hiring process)

USDA/Tufts Telehealth Intervention Strategies for WIC (THIS-WIC) is a federally funded project at ChildObesity180. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Tufts University a five-year cooperative agreement to test and evaluate the use of telehealth innovations in the WIC program. The project is entitled the USDA/Tufts Telehealth Intervention Strategies for WIC (THIS-WIC). THIS-WIC’s goal is to develop telehealth solutions to improve the delivery of nutrition education and breastfeeding support to pregnant women and caregivers of young children participating in WIC, particularly for those clients who have a hard time getting to WIC clinics, like those in rural areas.  

THIS-WIC’s primary goals are to:

  1. Provide technical support to WIC State Agencies during the awards process and throughout implementation of the interventions.
  2. Comprehensively evaluate the impact of the awards.
  3. Disseminate the promising and successful initiatives to WIC programs across the US states and territories.

THIS-WIC plans to hire one Research Assistant to support the project. This is a part-time appointment, with compensation of $20-22 an hour based on experience and skills, for 15-20 hours per week through May 31, 2023. This term is dependent on performance; however, an extension or second term is possible based on performance, project needs, and available funding.

The Friedman School and ChildObesity180 are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse, inclusive workforce, and thus, women, people of color, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Research Assistant will provide support to the project through a variety of tasks, including:

  • Organizing, scheduling, and conducting key informant interviews with State Agency staff members
  • Coding and supporting analysis of key informant interviews
  • Supporting development of peer-reviewed manuscripts, policy briefs, reports, and dissemination materials related to project findings
  • Developing and updating communication materials, including content for project website and external communications (e.g., emails to stakeholders and partners, presentations, etc.)
  • Attending grantee meetings and Project Management Team meetings and drafting notes and action items

Minimum Requirements:

Desired applicants are seniors in an undergraduate program, recent undergraduates, or graduate students. Applicants must have:

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Interest in furthering research and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently, taking initiative with minimal instruction
  • Availability during regular business hours 9a-5p EST
  • Valid U.S. work permit by September 26, 2022

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training in and experience conducting qualitative research, including key informant interviews and/or focus groups
  • Training in and experience analyzing qualitative data from interviews or focus groups
  • Experience developing research manuscripts and/or dissemination materials related to research findings (e.g., conducting and compiling literature searches)
  • Knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; experience with data collection is desirable but not required
  • Familiarity with the WIC program
  • Interest in telehealth interventions

How to Apply:

Please send us your resume and cover letters by September 12, 2022 to be considered. Please send them to Catherine Wright, Deputy Project Director, THIS-WIC (  Please save your resume and cover letter with your first initial and last name. For example, Resume_D. Smith.pdf.  CL_D.Smith.pdf.

In your cover letter, please address the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in the research assistant position?
  • What are you hoping to get out of this experience?
  • What relevant experience, knowledge, or interests do you bring to the research assistant position?
  • Where do you hope to be in your career and/or academic pursuits in the next five years?

While addressing these questions, please take into consideration and elaborate on your experience and/or interest in health equity, including how you have incorporated a focus on health equity in your prior work and/or academic experience.

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Thank you for your interest in ChildObesity180. We do not have any open internships at this time.