UNC Department of Public Safety Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Advanced in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Department Description

This position serves as Diet Research Associate for the Diet and Physical Activity in Human Population Core (Core B) for the NIH-funded Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC). NORC is funded dually by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and a recharge center. Each of NORC’s 5 Cores provides specialized research services to Principal Investigators conducting Nutrition research. Core B provides assistance with assessing parameters in epidemiological and clinical nutrition studies, including diet assessment tools, conversion of food intake to individual nutrients consumed, physical activity assessment, and assistance with interpretation of nutrition data.

The NORC Diet and Physical Activity Core is housed within the Department of Nutrition. The Department of Nutrition’s vision is to enhance the lives and health of people throughout North Carolina and the world by means of the best possible nutrition. The mission of the Department of Nutrition is to improve and protect the public’s health through teaching, research and practices that foster the best possible nutrition. Our signature theme is to integrate nutrition from cell to society to make a difference in the public’s health. The mission of our school is to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world. The Department of Nutrition is an academic and research unit located in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Department consists of 44 EPA Faculty, 28 joint and adjunct faculty, an administrative staff of 7.5 FTE’s; and 15 FTE research staff members. The Department offers four degree programs; BSPH, BSPH/MS dual degree, MPH and PhD. In addition, a joint MPH/RD degree in Nutrition is available. Currently the department educates 174 students, including 52 doctoral students, 73 Masters and 49 Bachelors Students.

The Department of Nutrition is currently recognized as a global leader in research and training, and is unique in that it is the only one in the U.S. that is situated in both a school of public health and a school of medicine. We engage in innovative work that capitalizes on both these schools’ historical approaches to health, and thus our department has an unusual breadth of scientific and policy approaches, literally spanning from cell to society, moving from discovery to delivery. The work of department faculty and students is carried out throughout North Carolina and spans the globe to communities and populations in China, India, Malawi, Spain and The Philippines, to name a few. Our ultimate goal is to find solutions and produce research and intervention techniques that improve the health of people everywhere. Our faculty train students in nutritional sciences, clinical nutrition and public health to become global leaders and policy makers in their fields. They participate in a broad range of research in the physiological, biochemical, and behavioral aspects of nutrition and their respective practical applications. Our areas of focus are balanced by a commitment to research that improves the health of minority and underserved global populations.

Position Description

The primary function of this research position is to facilitate nutrition and physical activity assessment with the greater percentage of work dedicated to nutrition-related research. The research assistant will be expected to take initiative and implement core activities which include proficiency working with Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) to conduct dietary recalls, enter food records and menu/recipe analysis. Research assistants will be expected to manipulate and update nutrient database tables, conduct physical activity recalls with participants and assist with any daily tasks associated with running the core.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefer knowledge of nutrition and physical activity or exercise/sports science is required. Applicants must be comfortable using a computer, especially programs such as Microsoft Office (excel, word, and access). Ability to communicate and work well with other team members is a necessity. Must be willing to work flexible hours.

Prefer a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, public health or related field. Knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable. Working knowledge with statistical software (such as SAS, Stata, SPSS) is a plus. Prefer certification in Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) through the Nutrition Coordinating Center (NCC) at University of Minnesota.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements

Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work occasionally, Night work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to employment@unc.edu

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Position Type: Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?: No

Position Title: Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Advanced

Working Title: Diet Research Associate

Position Number: 00059436

Vacancy ID: P006162

Budgeted Hiring Range: $45,034-$58,006

Salary Grade Equivalent: 68

Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited: Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week: 40

Department Name and Number: Nutrition - Ops-466001

Date First Posted: 10/17/2016

Closing Date: 10/25/2016

Position Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category: Research Professionals

Stimulus/ARRA Funded: No