Research Associate - Food and Nutrition Board

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Keck Center

National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

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Full time


Overview: <strong>Requisition Number: R0002125<br /><br /><br /></strong>THE BOARD<br /><br />The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has a long history of examining the nation&rsquo;s nutritional well-being and providing sound and providing guidance to policy makers and the public about the application of nutrition and food sciences to improve human health.<br /><br />Established in 1940, the Food and Nutrition Board, within the Health and Medicine Division, studies issues of national and global importance on the safety and adequacy of the U.S. food supply; establishes principles and guidelines for good nutrition; and provides authoritative judgment on the relationships among food intake, nutrition, and health maintenance and disease prevention. <br /><br /><br />THE OPPORTUNITY<br /><br />Incumbent develops pertinent background research which contributes to a greater understanding of assigned program(s) or project(s), subjects and topics. Drafts background papers. Prepares preliminary outlines of projects to determine appropriate methodology, which may involve developing an historical perspective; identifying prevailing social and economic conditions, outlining legislative considerations; regulatory impact; international involvement in issues; and future trends and implications. Performs research and analysis. Prepares data for use in summaries, fact sheets, and reports. May lead lower level administrative employees.<br /><br />PLEASE NOTE: A COVER LETTER IS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION..
Responsibilities: <p><strong>RESEARCH</strong></p> <p>Performs research and analysis. Develops information sources. Reads, analyzes, and evaluates data and literature and compiles summaries of information. Prepares preliminary outlines of projects to determine appropriate methodology. Synthesizes data for specific sections of the report or other types of output. Verifies references and checks facts of committee reports. May perform basic statistical research and analysis. Performs literature searches.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PROGRAM/PROJECT ACTIVITIES</strong></p> <p>Attends meetings to present and receive feedback regarding study area and prepares meeting summaries. Ensures Current Projects System (CPS) is posted and updated in a timely manner, the Public Access File is maintained, and documents are properly archived. May ensure Federal Advisory Committee Act, (FACA) and Governing Board Executive Committee (GBEC) compliance. Performs administrative tasks such as corresponding with committee members, participating in the planning and execution of committee meetings, and other tasks associated with preparing for committee meetings and workshops. May assist senior staff in researching and identifying potential speakers and committee and forum members.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WRITING</strong></p> <p>Writes technical papers or summaries. Abstracts information from scientific studies to create tables for committee review or use in committee reports. Drafts, summarizes, and edits findings and provides feedback to appropriate parties. Edits report material developed by committee members, senior staff, and consultants.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>DATABASE MANAGEMENT</strong></p> <p>Manages database to track references. Manages and maintains bibliographic and analytical databases. Documents and establishes files on all statistical analyses performed indicating methodology, variations in manipulation of data and resource materials used. Prepares and formats various survey instruments and databases to accept specified information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COMMUNICATION</strong></p> <p>Responds to inquiries from the public sector, sponsors and other scientific peers outside of the National Academies. Increases public awareness of studies. Identifies and contacts professional and advocacy groups interested in the committee's work. Serves as a mentor and/or resource to employees. May be responsible for training and supervising junior staff.</p>
Requirements: <p><strong>EDUCATION</strong></p> <p>Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge. Master's degree preferred.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>EXPERIENCE</strong></p> <p>Two years of related professional experience.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COMMUNICATION AND TEAMWORK</strong></p> <p>Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication.<br /><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>SUPERVISION</strong></p> <p>Reports to program officer/director. Sets goals with supervisor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WORK ENVIRONMENT</strong></p> <p>Hybrid Office/Telecommute environment. Incumbent is expected to work onsite 40%, 2 days/week. Occasional travel between National Academies&rsquo; facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COMPENSATION RANGE</strong><br />The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine support equity, fairness, and transparency in our compensation programs. An estimated compensation range for this position is $54,240-$74,575. Compensation offered to the selected candidate will be based on the candidate&rsquo;s relevant knowledge, skills, and work experience, commensurate with compensation of current employees in comparable positions with similar knowledge, skills, and work experience, and subject to budget parameters. Note it is not typical for a candidate to be hired at the higher end of the range.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The National Academies&rsquo; Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:</strong></p> <p>To promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences, engineering, and medicine, we are committed to increasing the diversity of the National Academies&rsquo; staff, members, and volunteers to reflect the populations we serve. We pledge to cultivate an environment and culture that promotes inclusion and values respectful participation of all individuals who help advance the mission of the institution.</p>