Research Assistants

Location: 
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Project Bread / Harvard School of Public Health

Organizational Overview: 

Project Bread is Massachusetts’ leading anti-hunger organization dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in the Commonwealth.  Additional information on the organization’s wide-ranging activities to end hunger in MA can be found here: http://www.projectbread.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aboutus_inside\

 Position Summary:

We are currently recruiting research assistants to conduct data collection as part of a plate waste study with the Lawrence and Lynn Public School systems.  This study is a three-year collaboration between Harvard and Project Bread to examine the impact a professional chef to improve student consumption of school meals.  The study will also evaluate the influence of “Smart Lunchroom” techniques which uses behavioral psychology to encourage students to select healthier foods.  Responsibilities of the research assistants will include recording the foods selected and consumed by students during the school lunch periods. 

 Dates:

Data collection will occur during the hours of about 9:30am-4:00pm, over 20 days (M-F) beginning in early April and ending in early June.  The current tentative testing schedule is during the weeks of  April 8, April 22, April 29, May 28, and June 3.   

 Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will have undergraduate/graduate degrees in Nutrition, Public Health, Food Policy, Education, Psychology, or Economics and will be available 3+ days per week during study weeks for at least 4 hours each day (not including travel time), but schedule flexibility can be accommodated.  Access to a car is desirable, but not required, so long as the candidate can get themselves to the testing site (there typically are several carpool opportunities to facilitate this). 

 Compensation:

This is a paid position with a daily travel stipend.   Pay rates are on a sliding scale as follows: HS Diploma / Current college undergraduates: $13/hr;  College graduates: $14/hr;  Graduate students/ Advanced degree holders: $15/hr.

 To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter (email format is ok), detailing your interest and relevant experience to scott_richardson@projectbread.org no later than March 29, 2013.  Please include your availability at the study site (during the hours of 9:30am-4:30pm, Mondays through Fridays- please account for travel time to Lawrence and Lynn in your availability)