Research Data Analyst - Part Time, Temporary

    • Job Tracking ID: 512213-769245
    • Job Location: Boston, MA , MA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Temporary
    • Date Updated: April 23, 2021
    • Years of Experience: College
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB's mission is to End Hunger Here in Eastern Massachusetts.

We are looking to hire a Research Data Analyst with project management experience to assist with the data analysis for current research projects conducted by GBFB. The Research Data Analyst will be responsible for data analysis and establishing and/or maintaining the data infrastructure for the projects, including data quality checks, progress reports, and participant follow-up tracking tools. The Research Data analyst will work closely with colleagues at GBFB and collaborating institutions to ensure timely data collection and analysis. This position is temporary and funded for 20 hours per week through September 30th, 2021.

Examples of current research projects include: A Massachusetts statewide survey on food access and food security is a major project that the Research Data Analyst will support. This survey is part of the National Food Access and COVID Research Team (NFACT), a national collaboration of researchers committed to rigorous, comparative, and timely food access research during the time of COVID.

The Health Center Program to Support Food Security Through Nutrition Coaching and Produce Markets (HC PRODUCE) Study is another project that the Research Data Analyst will support. The purpose of the HC PRODUCE Study is to evaluate the effect of free produce distribution at a community health center on diet, diet-related chronic disease, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs among patients who have registered for the market. This research includes data from longitudinal surveys (baseline and 12-month follow-up), market attendance, Good Measures nutrition coaching, electronic health records, and insurance claims. This study includes baseline data on ~850 patients. One-year follow-up surveys are ongoing.


  • Conduct data cleaning and statistical analyses using R.
  • Create automated data reports and visualizations to inform GBFB’s planning and operations using R.
  • Develop processes for data preparation, data quality checks, analysis, and storage (e.g., consistent file-naming conventions, program documentation, standards regarding programming best practices, periodic data quality validations, etc.).
  • Create/maintain data dictionaries.
  • Compile multiple data sources into a single dataset for analysis.
  • Contribute to manuscripts.
  • Other responsibilities pertaining to data analysis as necessary.

Experience and Skills:

  • Master or Doctoral degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition, or related field.
  • Three or more years of related work experience preferred. A combination of education and relevant experience will be considered.
  • Strong applied skills in epidemiological and biostatistics research methods, including proficiency in longitudinal data management and analysis.
  • Experience with data cleaning and project management for research projects.
  • Experience in analyzing survey data, including working with survey weights
  • Proficiency in R software programming (including tidyverse, ggplot, and Rmarkdown packages).
  • Knowledge of SAS software preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.