Research Associate- The Leak Research Group
The Leak Research Group (LRG; principal investigator Tashara M. Leak, PhD, RD) is seeking to hire a full-time Research Associate deeply committed to conducting nutrition and health equity research in a variety of community-based settings in New York City (NYC) with adolescents from racial/ethnic minoritized and low-income backgrounds. The overall goal is to design culturally inclusive interventions that are sustainable and scalable. To learn more about the Leak Research Group, visit: and .
Dr. Leak is an associate professor at Cornell University in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and Co-Director of the Cornell Action Research Collaborative (). She also has a secondary appointment at Weill Cornell Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. A brief summary of 2 studies can be found below.
Black Girls for Wellness:
We will examine the preliminary efficacy of a 12-week culturally tailored, telehealth lifestyle intervention on improving diet and increasing physical activity among Black adolescent girls at risk for type 2 diabetes. Each week participants will engage in 3 activities:
Advanced Cooking Education (ACE) 4-H After School Club:
We will examine the effectiveness of a 12-week obesity prevention intervention for 7th and 8th-grade students at low-income serving schools. Each week participants engage in 2 sessions:
The research associate will work very closely and in collaboration with Dr. Leak. They will lead day-to-day activities for the Leak Research Group and intellectually contribute to the development of novel research studies that advance nutrition and health equity. This is a full-time, fully in-person (i.e., at least 4 days/week in the office or at study sites), 1-year appointment with the possibility of renewal pending performance evaluation. Candidates should be based in or have the capacity to commute to NYC. Occasional travel (e.g., quarterly) to Ithaca, NY, is required.
Administrative Tasks and Research Coordination 50%
Written Deliverables 20%
Study Implementation 15%
Data Collection, Entry, and Analysis 15%
Knowledge and Skills:
Ability to take initiative and simultaneously work on multiple studies with minimal supervision.
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Excel).
Education and Experience:
Doctoral degree in nutrition, social and behavioral sciences, or a related field.
Experience with survey software (e.g., Qualtrics, REDCap).
Experience with data analysis software (e.g., NVIVO, STATA, SAS).
Lead author on peer-reviewed manuscripts for scientific journals (under review and/or published).
Experience with diet assessment software (e.g., Nutrition Data System for Research).
Experience with working in clinical settings and/or clinical trials.
Grant writing experience (including fellowship applications).
To apply: Applicants must submit the following 3 materials
NOTE: Applications missing any of these 3 required items will not be reviewed. Do not email application materials to Dr. Leak.
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University Job Title:Research Associate
Level:No Grade - Annual
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Pay Range:$49,100.00 - $94,700.00
Remote Option Availability:Fully Onsite
Contact Name:Salina Hoque
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