The Leak Research Group (PI: Tashara M. Leak, PhD, RD) is seeking to hire 3 part time research assistants. The mission of the Leak Research Group is to eliminate inequities in food access, nutrition, and health among minority adolescents residing in impoverished communities, using community-engagement as an essential foundation to promoting sustainable behavior and environmental change. Research studies involve community partners at all phases (i.e., from study design to dissemination of findings). The overarching goal is for these interventions to inform public health policies, especially polices that support adolescent health. To learn more about the Leak Research Group visit http://www.tasharaleak.com.
The current position is seeking to hire research assistants for the Advanced Cooking Education (ACE) Program. The ACE Program is a culturally inclusive 4-H after school club that will be pilot tested with 8th grade students at 3 New York City (NYC) middle schools during the 2019-2020 academic year. Study participants will attend the program two days a week for 16 weeks (8 weeks in the fall semester and 8 weeks in the spring semester). Day 1 will consist of a wellness session where participants will engage in mindfulness activities, a nutrition education lesson, and a cooking lab. Day 2 will consist of a professional development session to expose and prepare study participants for various career opportunities in food and nutrition.
This is a 10 month appointment beginning July 1st 2019 and ending April 30th 2020, with the possibility of renewal. Required trainings, certifications, etc. will be completed in July and August of 2019. The pilot study will begin in September of 2019. Each research assistant will be assigned to one middle school, where they will remain for the entire duration of the pilot study. Candidates should be based in or have the capacity to commute to NYC and must be available weekdays from 2-6PM. It is estimated that research assistants will work 10-19 hours/week.
Responsibilities and Duties: Serve as the point person for recruiting students in the middle schools. Collect baseline, mid-point, and follow-up data (i.e., anthropometrics, surveys, 24-hour dietary records, etc.). Assist with data cleaning and data entry. Assist with interview and/or focus group data collection. Transcribe interview and/or focus group audio recordings. Conduct literature review searches. Assist with writing reports and other communications for community partners. Assist with the implementation of the ACE Program (i.e., co-lead mindfulness exercises, nutrition education lessons, and cooking labs). Mentor high school interns who assist with the ACE Program. Attend weekly research team meetings and bi-weekly project meetings. Bi-weekly check in with Dr. Tashara Leak to report and provide feedback on ACE activities
.Required Trainings, Certifications, etc.: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online Human Subjects Research Training and Full Course on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training. Food Protection Online Course and final exam (must be taken in person). A background check and finger printing through the NYC Department of Education. *Note: The aforementioned must be completed prior to the pilot study. There will be additional training on data collection and data entry processes.
Benefits: Research assistants will be paid $20-$25.00/hour, depending on experience level.
How to apply: Applicants should submit the following materials online at xxx: 1) Curriculum vitae/resume, 2) Cover letter describing your research experience, and 3) 2 writing samples (e.g., paper submitted for a class project, a published manuscript, and/or a thesis chapter).
Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide the name and contact information for 3 references.
Contact info: Tashara M. Leak, PhD, RD Lois and Mel Tukman Assistant Professor Division of Nutritional Sciences Cornell University Email: email@example.com
Associate's degree in public health, nutrition, epidemiology, or related fields by the start of the appointment (July 1, 2019), and a minimum of 2 year's research experience or equivalent combination of experience and education.
Experience working and/or volunteering in community-based settings.
Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work with people from a diverse cultural background.
Ability to work in a fast-paced setting.
Organization and time management skills.
Preferred Competencies, Skills, etc.:
Bachelor's or Master's degree preferred
Experience working with school aged children.
Experience with gathering qualitative data and data entry
Experience utilizing survey tools such as Qualtrics
Experience collecting diet intake data
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