Institution (Location)
ChildObesity180 at Tufts University (Boston, MA)
Start Date
June 1, 2015
Position Description

ChildObesity180 is seeking a
Post-Doctoral Fellow to work as part of the research and evaluation team to
help develop and execute a cutting-edge research agenda in the areas of diet,
nutrition, and obesity prevention, in line with the goals of ChildObesity180
and focused on one or more of the initiatives. This Post-Doctoral Fellow
position provides a unique opportunity to develop and translate evidence-based
approaches to obesity prevention into interventions that directly impact children’s
health, and to rigorously evaluate the impact of such interventions.  The
Post-Doctoral Fellow position is a 2-3 year opportunity beginning on June 1,
2015, with some flexibility around the start date.


ChildObesity180 is part of the
Gerald J and Dorothy R Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts
University and is located at Tufts University’s Boston, MA campus.  The
Friedman School is a rare blend of nutrition scholarship and policy expertise,
and a leader in science, education, and public policy, whose faculty work
together to address large and complex nutrition issues across the globe. The
ChildObesity180 Post-Doctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to join over 200
Friedman School graduate students, fellow post-doctoral fellows, and faculty in
seminars, workshops, and other scholarly and social activities as part of the
Friedman School and the larger Tufts community.


Key responsibilities of
the Post-Doctoral Fellow will include:

  • Developing grant
    proposals to support research efforts
  • Data management,
    analysis, and interpretation
  • Developing
    publications and abstracts, and presenting research findings internally and at
    scientific meetings
  • Collaborating with
    initiative staff to ensure synergy between research activities and program
  • Supervising graduate
    students and intern research projects  
  • Study design,
    including developing research and evaluation instruments
  • Oversight of data
    collection efforts  
  • Conducting literature
    reviews and synthesizing findings to support research efforts
  • Advancing the overall
    research agenda of ChildObesity180

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will
work under the direction of Christina Economos, PhD, ChildObesity180 Vice-Chair
and Director and Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition
Science and Policy at Tufts University.  The Post-Doctoral Fellow will
also work closely with initiative teams and with members of the ChildObesity180
research and evaluation team.

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

Key Skills and


  • PhD in nutrition,
    public health, epidemiology, or the social and behavioral sciences
  • Strong interest in
    applied obesity prevention research
  • Highly experienced
    with statistical software (SAS and/or SPSS) and Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong analytical
    skills, including graduate-level statistics experience (e.g., experience
    conducting descriptive statistics, regression analysis, repeated measures
  • Ability to work well
    independently as well as part of a team
  • Detail-oriented
  • Highly organized and
  • Excellent writing and
    communication skills

Additional (preferred):

  • Prior grant writing
  • Experience collecting
    data from children
  • Experience leading
    data collection teams
  • Data management
  • Qualitative data
    analysis experience (e.g., focus groups, NVivo software)
  • Experience with
    sophisticated statistical techniques (e.g., mixed models, latent class
    analysis, propensity score analysis, structural equation modeling) and/or a
    desire to obtain further experience in these areas
  • Experience with
    reference management software like Endnote
How to Apply

candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to [email protected]. Cover letters should clearly
explain how this opportunity will advance the candidate’s career objectives.


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