Careers

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

Project Administrator, Catalyzing Communities

The Catalyzing Communities initiative is seeking a Project Administrator to coordinate implementation of our systems approach to community-based obesity prevention in several communities nationwide. Catalyzing Communities is an innovative, effective, research-based approach to reducing disparities, decreasing obesity, and improving health in communities around the country. We work with stakeholders at all levels to catalyze and sustain a systematic, personalized, and holistic effort to improve the health and well-being of all children—now and for the rest of their lives.

The candidate will provide specialized, subject matter knowledge in community-engaged research, public health, health equity, and nutrition science, along with an excitement and willingness to learn about innovative approaches to obesity prevention like Community-based System Dynamics.

Key Responsibilities

The Project Administrator will work closely with the Senior Program Manager, Principal Investigator, and other Catalyzing Communities project staff to develop, implement, review and evaluate the Catalyzing Communities Initiative. Specifically, the Project Administrator will:

  • participate in development of goals and strategies for community partners
  • create data management and filing systems to support project evaluation
  • monitor elements of the project budget, grants and contracts
  • participate in development of data analysis plans and execution
  • collaborate on key parts of the evaluation of Catalyzing Communities, including drafting IRB protocols, overseeing recruitment and management of study subjects, and ensuring all external partners adhere to research protocols
  • draft reports and results
  • represent the Catalyzing Communities Initiative externally at meetings and events

Who Should Apply

Candidates should have excellent organizational as well as written and oral communication skills, along with a keen interest and willingness to learn and engage with experts in systems science, nutrition, and public health. In addition, candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in related discipline and 3+ years of related experience OR master’s degree and 1-2 years related experience.

ChildObesity180 and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy are committed to the recruitment of a diverse, inclusive faculty, and thus, women, people of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more details about the position, including how to apply, please click here.

 

Internships

TIGOR Summer 2021 Internships

The Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research (TIGOR) announces summer 2021 internship opportunities.

TIGOR is a cross-university institute at Tufts to advance obesity science for reducing the prevalence of obesity in national and international populations. TIGOR faculty conduct cutting-edge research to inform and scale effective interventions to reduce obesity in the US and worldwide. Our work will advance health equity for all and provide outstanding training for the next generation of researchers. The TIGOR team consists of over 40 faculty members along with graduate students from across Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center.

Current Internship Opportunities

TIGOR is currently accepting applications for three to four (3-4) full-time, paid summer 2021 internships. Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, summer internships can be remote.

Interns will be mentored by TIGOR faculty and will be part of their research team and the TIGOR community. They will gain experience in research, data handling, research study coordination, and an understanding of the field. Additionally, there may be opportunities for conducting literature reviews and scientific writing, working on websites, social media, communications, and presentations.  In addition to working with a particular mentor, TIGOR interns will have opportunities to interact with and learn from other TIGOR faculty through regularly scheduled activities such as “brown bag” lunches and networking events. 

Required Qualifications

Applicants must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of an undergraduate program or must have recently graduated with an undergraduate degree. The internships are open to students with a variety of backgrounds, including in the sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

  • Interest in some aspect of obesity, including causes, treatment, and prevention
  • Interest in furthering skills related to research
  • Strong communication skills
  • Being well organized, with attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite is required

TIGOR, ChildObesity180, and Tufts University are committed to the recruitment of a diverse, inclusive group, and thus people of color, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the TIGOR Summer 2021 internships, including details about the projects the internships will support and how to apply, please visit the TIGOR web site.

THIS-WIC Research Assistant

The USDA/Tufts Telehealth Intervention Strategies for WIC (THIS-WIC) project is a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture. 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 face barriers accessing WIC services, like those in rural areas.

THIS-WIC’s primary goals are to:

  • Provide technical support to WIC state agencies during the awards process and throughout implementation of the interventions.
  • Comprehensively evaluate the impact of the awards.
  • Disseminate the promising and successful initiatives to WIC programs across the US states and territories.

Position Description

THIS-WIC plans to hire one, part-time Research Assistant to support the project through August 2021. The Research Assistant will provide support to the project through a variety of tasks, including:

  • Assisting with developing, organizing, and submitting IRB protocols
  • Supporting the development of evaluation and data trainings to facilitate data collection
  • Coordinating data provision from funded WIC State Agencies
  • Supporting the THIS-WIC learning collaborative for key project personnel and attending those meetings
  • Developing and updating communication materials, including web-based content and content for emails and social media outreach
  • Attending grantee meetings and Project Management Team meetings and drafting notes

Required Qualifications

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

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Interest in furthering research and communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Well organized, with attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently take initiative with minimal instruction
  • Availability during regular business hours
  • Valid U.S. work permit by June 1st

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with IRB protocols, including experience developing research protocols for human subjects research
  • Knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology; experience with data collection is desirable but not required
  • Experience with website maintenance and social media
  • Familiarity with the WIC program
  • Interest in telehealth interventions

ChildObesity180 and the Friedman School of Nutrition 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.

For more information about the THIS-WIC Research Assistant position, including how to apply, please click here