Project Coordinator - Dariush Mozaffarian Research, Friedman School of Nutrition
February 10, 2018
Project Coordinator - Dariush Mozaffarian Research, Friedman School of Nutrition - (18001087)
This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University was established in 1981 with the mission of bringing together biomedical, social, political, and behavioral scientists to conduct research, educational, and community-service programs to improve the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world. The mission of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is to generate trusted science, educate future leaders, and produce real world impact in nutrition science and policy. Faculty at the School include biomedical scientists, economists, nutritionists, epidemiologists, physicians, political scientists and psychologists focusing on a myriad of issues with the common thread of nutrition and its role in understanding and fostering the growth and development of human populations.
The candidate will work on an original research project supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on expanding the Global Dietary Database ( http://www.globaldietarydatabase.org/ ). The aims of the overall project are to: (1) extend and expand innovative work to build and develop the Global Dietary Database (GDD 2.0) through data assembly, harmonization and quality control to characterize dietary intakes in all countries around the world on individual-level national or subnational data; (2) broadly disseminate the GDD 2.0 via a new online platform, scientific meeting strategies, deeper research collaborations, and strategic partnerships; and (3) perform new investigations and reviews on maternal and child diet diversity/quality, based on existing metrics as well as our prior work considering food consumption patterns, in relation to key health outcomes.
This project coordinator position will perform administrative functions supporting the activities of aim 2, focusing on dissemination efforts in collaboration with partner organizations, including IHME, GBD, FAO/WHO GIFT, and EFSA, among others, to foster deeper research collaborations and strategic partnerships. The project coordinator will assist in following activities:
Request permission from all current and new Corresponding Members and other data owners to allow us to make their raw, individual data publicly available as soon as possible
Assist in building an online dissemination/community of practice platform for the GDD that is accessible to multiple stakeholders, including scientists, donors/funders, NGOs and country-based decision makers.
Support the development and implementation of a new communications strategies to further increase the awareness of the GDD.
Assist in the identification and expansion of direct collaborations and partnerships with multiple organizations and investigators, developing criteria and algorithms for prioritizing requests for partnership, data sharing, and technical assistance.
Assist in the development of systems to maximize the opportunities for synergy and collaboration with other key Gates-funded projects, such as FAO/WHO GIFT and IHME-GBD as well as other major global nutrition projects.
This position is anticipated to be for 3 years. The initial appointment is for 1 year with annual renewal possible. The ability to work in the US is required in order to apply for this position.
Bachelor's degree in, preferably in nutrition, global health, communications or related-field.
Exemplary scholastic achievement.
Excellent writing and communication abilities.
Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Master's degree, preferably in nutrition, global health, communications or related field.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.