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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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Ambulatory Care Center

Metabolic Research Kitchen

SHIFT: Rotating, may include nights and weekends

General Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to procure and prepare food products for research investigators according to protocol and food safety and sanitation guidelines. This includes strict control of ingredients and precise and accurate measurement of critical ingredients. This position will assist in recipe development striving for quality, taste, texture, appearance and overall acceptance in the population of interest. It is also critical to integrity of the study data to practice the utmost precision in calculation, accuracy and sanitation in the handling and distribution of research foods.

Description of Duties:

1. Prepares and distributes research food formulations precisely according to protocol procedures to meet research study specifications.

2. Weighs ingredients as per production sheets and study recipes within 1/10th of a gram ensuring the scientific integrity of the experimental study.

3. Documents production sheets and research meal delivery with date and signature. Records any further data as specified by protocol.

4. Labels all formulations according to protocol to ensure food safety and maintain blinding of study staff and research participants as per protocol. Maintains blinding as required by protocol in all communications.

5. Carefully prepares oral food challenges for Allergy Clinic protocols by weighing active and placebo powders, mixing according to procedure with specified vehicle, labels according to protocol to maintain blinding, completes all documentation accurately and timely and delivers challenge on time.

6. Reports any errors in food production that may compromise the research data and therefore threaten the viability of the experimental study. Reports any changes if food products including vendor or ingredient changes to the Manager. Participates in root cause analysis.

7. Prepares research foods in a timely manner in order to meet study timelines and research participant schedule. Delivers research meals according to time and event flowsheet.

8. Tracks inventory and assists in production planning. Notifies manager when research food supplies are running low and assists in placing food orders.

9. Retrieves orders from UNC Hospital and various outside food vendors as needed. Stores food appropriately.

10. Works closely with the Clinical Manger and Administrative Coordinator to assist in recipe development for research protocols. Tasks include gathering recipe ideas, preparing recipes, tasting recipes, providing feedback and documenting the process.

11. Tastes final food products to help ensure that research participants receive quality products and that no errors have been made in preparation to affect the taste, texture or appearance of the product.

12. Demonstrates proper use of food preparation equipment. Cleans and maintains equipment appropriately to prolong the life of the equipment.

13. Ability to work a flexible work schedule as needed.

14. Communicates clearly and respectfully with Nutrition and Food Service Department staff, nurses, research participants and study staff.

15. Uses mathematical calculations to adjust ordered recipe volumes.

16. Monitors food storage, refrigerator and freezers for temperature standards.

17. Participates in continuing efforts to improve the efficiency, safety and quality of work in the Metabolic Nutrition Research Core. These efforts consist of identifying problems and making recommendations for improving daily operations.

18. Trains new personnel

19. Ensures all policy and regulatory standards are met including health regulations and TJC standards. Maintains patient confidentiality, supports all principles of HIPPA and UNC Hospitals Code of Conduct.

20. Demonstrates flexibility and professionalism at all times.

21. Able to handle multiple and often rapidly shifting priorities.

22. Complete all assigned LMS trainings as well as CITI good clinical practice.

23. Demonstrates considerable mental concentration skills with precise attention to detail.

24. Effectively uses computer software to navigate to MNRC drives, print production sheets, communicate via email, document in Microsoft OneNote and record data in Microsoft Excel. Engage in training for other specialized nutrition software such as ProNutra, Food Processor and Computrition.


Associate's degree from a program approved by the American Dietetics Association for Dietetic Technicians (or equivalent combination of education, training and experience).

If an Associate's degree: No prior experience is required.

If a High School diploma or GED: Four (4) years of dietetic experience.

Preferred Bachelor's degree from a program by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association, in nutritional science, culinary trades or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Primary LocationUnited States-North Carolina-Chapel Hill



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