This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
The USDA-Human Nutrition Research on Aging (HNRCA) is one of six USDA human research centers created to study the effect of human nutrition on health. The HNRCA mission is to conduct state-of-the-art research on human nutrition and aging.
The Metabolic Research Unit (MRU) is comprised of Volunteer Services, Nursing Services, and Dietary Services. The MRU’s Volunteer Services Division maintains a database from which they can recruit. In addition, potential study participants are recruited for a variety of population, longitudinal, metabolic, and free-living nutrition studies through use of social media, advertisements, and mailing lists. Research nurses and support staff implement research protocols and continually assess and monitor free-living study participants. Registered dietitians and dietary support staff develop and implement the dietary component of research protocols, which includes strict feeding protocols created in the MRU research kitchen with careful food intake monitoring throughout the duration of each study. All human research studies carried out in the MRU are reviewed and approved by the Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB).
The major responsibility of this position is to recruit prospective research participants using any number of recruiting strategies and be the initial point of contact for participants through the prescreening procedures. Other duties include telephone screening of potential participants, scheduling/rescheduling study participants for screening appointments, and assisting with the coordination and execution of various phone and mail deadlines. The person in this position will be responsible for the data entry of pertinent information into the Unit’s database. Must be able to communicate to research participants the basic steps and unique criteria involved with a number of concurrent research studies. This position will also provide coverage for the other coordinator positions within Volunteer Services when needed.