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Posted February 5, 2016

We are currently hiring Research Assistants for the Impact of Healthy Food Marketing Strategies in Supermarkets study!

Greater availability of healthier foods, if translated to health-promoting purchases, can positively affect diet quality among those at greatest risk for obesity - low-income, ethnic minorities. The Impact of Health Food Marketing Strategies in Supermarkets Study is a randomized study that aims to evaluate the effects of an in-store healthy food marketing intervention on changes in sales and purchase of healthier food items. The study will be conducted in 32 supermarkets in urban, low-income, high-minority neighborhoods in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Shoppers will complete food marketing surveys in stores and a subset of shoppers will return grocery store receipts before and then 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after the intervention strategies are implemented. Weekly store sales will be the primary measure for evaluating the healthy food marketing strategies intervention.

Field Research Assistant Job Description:


POSITION TITLE Field Research Assistant
POSITION TYPE Temporary, Part-time
POSITION SCHEDULE Monday through Friday, variable hours up to 30 hours per week
POSITION LENGTH Contingent upon funding
HOURLY RATE $15 per hour


This is a temporary, part-time position with the Center for Health Behavior Research (CHBR), Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. The field research assistant will travel to designated supermarkets in the greater Philadelphia region, including southern New Jersey and Delaware, to recruit study participants and interview them about their food shopping habits. Other responsibilities may include preparing field trip materials, data entry, logging, coding and other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree and experience in research data collection or customer service or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Position requires travel to supermarkets in the region. Must be able to conduct participant interviews in English, have a valid driver’s license, access to a car, and be available for a minimum of 16 hours per week. Candidates should be good team members and be able to maintain a professional demeanor with research participants.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter, including an explanation of your qualifications for this position, and resume to: Donna Paulhamus Giordano, Research Manager; donpa@mail.med.upenn.edu

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