Ergonomics Research Assistant II (Per Diem)

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Job Description

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan Center for Work, Health & Well-Being have partnered with Sodexo, LLC on a four-year study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), to develop and test policies, programs, and practices to improve worker health, safety & well-being for Sodexo food service workers. This project aims to identify factors in the work organization associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) risk and other relevant health, safety and work-related well-being outcomes. This randomized worksite study will test the effectiveness of integrated organizational change interventions to promote and protect worker health. Up to 14 worksites will be recruited to participate in the study, half randomly assisted to Intervention Condition and half randomly assigned to Control Condition.

As part of the study, we will develop a qualitative ergonomic and safety tool designed to identify specific risks in the physical work environment including housekeeping and related factors that may contribute to slips, trips and falls; work demands requiring lifting, bending or stooping; potential awkward postures; potential for standing for long periods; repetitive and forceful tasks, and other related factors. We will work closely with Sodexo, LLC in the development of this instrument to ensure that it is aligned with their existing measurement tools.

*This position is funded through November 2019.*


Assist with the development of a qualitative ergonomic and safety tool;
Administer the qualitative ergonomic and safety tool pre- and post- intervention in up to 14 food service accounts located in the Greater Boston area;
Based on the assessment findings and in collaboration with Sodexo, LLC develop ergonomic and health and safety Action Plans tailored to up to 7 intervention accounts
Provide consultation to the up to 7 Intervention accounts on the implementation of the ergonomic and safety Action Plans
Assist investigators with data analysis and manuscript preparation
Prepare study reports and develop protocols
Other project-related or administrative responsibilities as requested by management


Bachelors or Masters degree in ergonomics, public health, industrial hygiene or a related field preferred. Two years of experience in public health, or current enrollment in a graduate program strongly preferred.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Employment Type

per diem