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Staff Scientist – Washington, DC


Center for Science in the Public Interest
United States of America (USA)

Job description

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit consumer organization conducting innovative programs in nutrition, alcohol policy, and food safety. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation's largest-circulation health newsletter. CSPI strives to provide useful, impartial information to the public, represent citizens' interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies, and ensure that advances in science are used for the public's good. CSPI is supported by its 850,000 subscribers to Nutrition Action Healthletter and foundation grants.
The Staff Scientist identifies critical issues concerning diet and health, evaluates studies, writes articles for Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH), and participates in efforts to influence government and corporate activities. This position reports to the Director of Nutrition.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research scientific literature and gather information and opinions from authorities and organizations.
  • Propose compelling article ideas and draft articles for NAH.
  • Serve as media spokesperson on food and nutrition issues.
  • Serve as information resource on food and nutrition matters to CSPI members, staff and general public.
  • Assist in preparing comments on Federal Register notices, and writing formal petitions.
  • Assist Executive Director with evaluating scientific issues and literature.

Job Qualifications

  • Interest in CSPI’s advocacy and educational mission; and public interest commitment.
  • A doctoral or M.S. degree in nutrition, epidemiology, or public health (diet and health focus), is required, and ideally several years’ experience in evaluating research on diet and health.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to speak effectively to colleagues about on-going projects; interview scientists to gather data; and serve as media spokesperson on diet and health issues.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office applications and database programs, with an emphasis on Word and Excel; and experience with Internet-based research tools, specifically Nexis and PubMed.

Salary is commensurate with experience. CSPI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package along with a healthy working environment. Please send your application materials, which should include a cover letter, résumé, and samples of research and writing for the lay public, to the email or postal address provided.

CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.
Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For updated information on this or other openings, visit: Jobs at CSPI

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Washington, United States of America (USA)

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