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Nutrition Research Associate

Job ID 1797

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development.

We are seeking part-time, temporary nutrition research associates for a nationwide childcare study that is assessing the nutritional quality and cost of meals served in childcare centers. Nutrition research associates will be responsible for reviewing completed menu surveys to identify missing data and following up with childcare providers to retrieve this data. Nutrition research associates will also be responsible for finalizing both dietary recall and menu survey data in a nutrient coding system.

Positions start in early February 2023 and will likely last through June, with the possibility of continuing work on other study tasks for additional months. Positions require a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week, and scheduling is flexible between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. All work will be completed in-person in our Cambridge office, located between Harvard and Central Square in Cambridge.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or prior experience with food service or nutrition studies (degrees in nutrition, dietetics, or related field preferred)
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with navigating online computer programs
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility, sensitivity, and patience in working with childcare staff
  • Prior experience with nutrient analysis software and/or nutrient databases preferred (but not required)

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our research is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We offer Employee Resources Groups on a variety of topics, local diversity and inclusion activities in each office, and a Diversity council.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and a resume. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

 This position will offer an anticipated hourly rate of $18/hour.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Available Location: Cambridge, MA

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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