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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
JOINT INSTITUTE FOR FOOD SAFETY AND APPLIED NUTRITION (JIFSAN)
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Position Number: 120832
Category Status: Faculty, Non-tenured, continuing and term contract, 1.0 FTE
Unit: Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
JIFSAN, a joint program of the University of Maryland and the U.S. FDA, is seeking a post-doctoral associate to aid in the monitoring and impact evaluation efforts of JIFSAN’s International Food Safety capacity building endeavors. The individual will be working to design experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of different produce safety training approaches in reaching Latin and Central American growers. They will be designing survey instruments to measure medium and longer term behavior change.

Responsibilities:

  • • Performing review of literature on selected topics surrounding impact evaluation of international food safety capacity building.
  • • Developing behavioral experiments to measure the impact of alternative training delivery mechanisms.
  • • Conducting regression analysis of data.
  • • Preparation of summary tables and figures for reports and papers.
  • • Assisting in the preparation and writing of proposals, briefs, discussion papers, and journal articles.

Qualifications:

  • • Ph.D., preferably in a Social Sciences program (e.g. Agricultural Economics, Economics, Public Policy, Public Health).
  • • Proficiency in survey design, econometrics, statistical analysis, Microsoft excel, Microsoft powerpoint, and data management systems.
  • • Ability to interact with project partners and coordinate fieldwork conducted to develop and test effectiveness of different training mechanisms.
  • • Ability to support data collection and project implementation in the field (including development of research instruments, sampling and randomization, and training of field staff).
  • • With supervision from collaborators, the ability to process and analyze data.
  • • Proficiency in preparing presentations, donor proposals, donor reports, discussion papers, and publications.
  • • Ability to travel as needed to conferences and project sites--in particular, the project research sites in Latin America and Asia.
  • • Proficiency in supporting activities related to communications and outreach activities (media engagement, writing blogs, preparation of research and policy briefs, technical workshops and stakeholder workshops).
  • • Excellent writing skills, analytical skills, and presentation skills.
  • • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • • Excellent interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work independently and with initiative, and with colleagues from diverse cultures.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package. No VISA sponsorship is offered for this position.

Application:
All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu. A complete application packet includes a cover letter, CV, unofficial academic transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Closing date: Open until filled. For best consideration please apply by June 1, 2021.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment  opportunity,  and  will  not  discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


Title: Data Analyst
Position Number: G00001
Category Status: Hourly Graduate Student
Unit: Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is seeking an hourly graduate student with data management and analytical background to work with the unit on a review of lessons learned from the 2013 and 2015 Purchase-to-Plate Crosswalk and Price Tool Creation developed by USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). The tool imports USDA food composition and nutrient data into the IRI InfoScan data and estimates prices for foods reported consumed by participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. 

The incumbent hire can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours per week on this project. The position is considered on-campus for purposes of student visa eligibility, but the work will be conducted remotely for the time being with possible movement into JIFSAN’s office when it fully reopens. The position requires a commitment for the 2021 spring and summer semesters. The produced work will contribute to an ERS publication.

Responsibilities:

  • • Reviewing the current input data sets for quality and research of possible alternative data sets.
  • • Reviewing the data methodology and output results.
  • • Analyzing the statistical properties of the application, their implementation and results for the different tools and the retail and household data.

Required qualifications:

  • • Must be a current graduate student at the University of Maryland.
  • • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • • Must not also currently work in a graduate assistantship per Graduate School policies (https://academiccatalog.umd.edu/graduate/policies/policies-graduate-assistantships/)
  • • Minimum of 1 year of work experience involving a project focused on data management and analysis.
  • • Proven understanding of how to review data for quality and research validity of multiple datasets.

Preferences:

  • Master of Information Management (MIM) graduate students are preferred.

Salary & Benefits:
Position will pay between $15 and $20 per hour, commensurate with experience. Benefits are not provided for hourly positions but hourly graduate students are entitled to Sick and Safe Leave (https://uhr.umd.edu/leave/ssl/).

Application: All candidates should send a resume/CV, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and three (3) professional references to Dr. Clare Narrod (cnarrod@umd.edu). Applications received by February 19, 2021 will receive best consideration.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment  opportunity,  and  will  not  discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.