Research Assistant

The candidate will work on an original research project supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on expanding the Global Dietary Database. 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.

Through the broader networks of Tufts research, this GDD work will also interact closely with other ongoing relevant projects at Tufts such as the USAID-funded Nutrition Innovation Lab, the Gates-funded International Dietary Data Expansion (INDDEX), and the UK-funded Indicators of Affordable Nutritious Diets in Africa (IANDA); and projects that have been affiliated with Tufts such as the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN), the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization/World Health Organization GIFT project (FAO/WHO GIFT), the Global Burden of Diseases Project (GBD), GALLUP’s development of new global survey instruments on diet quality, the UNICEF/WHO TEAM (Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring), and others.

Position Type: 
Job at Friedman
Position Location: 
Boston, MA

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