TECHNICIAN, DIETETIC RESEARCH
Massachusetts General Hospital - Boston, MA

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General Overview

Responsible for the technical and metabolic activities for studies conducted in the Clinical Research Center (CRC) on WHT 13 and other MGH sites. Provides support to the nutrition research team in the completion of tasks. Provides quality meals/snacks based on the approved research protocol, research volunteer needs, and unit standards. Completes data entry of food items for determination of nutrient intake using specialized nutrition software and assists in the development of specialized meal plans or recipes. For the metabolic kitchen on WHT 13 and other MGH sites, maintains quality food service standards and data entry for census completion. Trains nutrition research staff; may participant in the training of nutrition students. The position reports to the Director of the Metabolic Phenotyping Core/Nutrition, Clinical Research Center (CRC).

Responsibilities

Responsible for the daily operations of the Metabolic Kitchen including meal preparation, daily work sheet, organization, supplies (food and nonfood), food safety, and sanitation.

Completes data entry of food intake using specialized nutrient data banks from food records, recalls, food frequency questionnaires, and other nutrient intake assessment tools.

Maintains daily, monthly, and quarterly census for meals/snacks served and meal tickets provided.

Completes calculation of calorie/nutrient intakes consistent with approved research protocols; will assist with the development of research meals.

Maintains strong and effective working relationship with co-workers including nutrition staff, other unit and study staff.

Identifies and reports pertinent information from participant contacts regarding food acceptance, preferences, and menu selections.

Provides nutrition research care according to MPC/Nutrition policies and procedures.

Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide age-appropriate (toddler to elder) nutrition care appropriate of the participants served in the research unit.

Assists in the orientation and training of new employees, graduate students, and dietetic interns.

Assists the research dietitian with clinical support functions such as copying, ordering, filing, and completion of research assessments.

Completes other tasks as assigned.

Skills/Abilities/Competencies

Food preparation proficiency including food ordering, recipe adherence, food presentation.

Computer proficiency – word processing, including spreadsheets and experience with nutrition data base software or similar program.

Effective interpersonal and communication skills as an individual and team member.

Able to provide compassionate care to diverse participant population incorporating religious, personal, or cultural food practices.

Able to organize work and complete tasks efficiently with high attention to details and procedures.

Must be able to lift 25-30 lbs and must be able to stand for periods of time.

Works independently and able to meet deadlines.

Uses judgment and knows when to seek advise.

Qualifications

Bachelors degree or 2 years college credits with emphasis in Nutrition or related field highly desirable.

Food service and/or nutrition related experience strongly desirable.

Able to follow job routine - procedures for completion of specific research tasks.

On the job training for 1 month; 3 month re-assessment period following employment.

Working Environment

Kitchen environment with computer on patient care area supporting inpatients and outpatients.

Equipment operation, exposure to cleaning agents, and food waste.

Daily contact with research volunteers in a patient care environment.

May complete tasks at research locations other than WHT 13, such as CNY.

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