Requisition Number: 03024003 Final Filing Date: 06-19-2019 Closing Date: Payroll Title: REGISTERED DIETETIC TECHNICIAN Number of Positions: 1 Salary: $26.91 - $33.45/HR Appointment Type: Career Appointment Description: 100% Fixed with a variable schedule, including irregular shifts Overtime Eligible (FLSA): Non-Exempt Union/HEERA Representation: This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit
Department: NUTRITION - 030200 Department Description: The Metabolic Kitchen and Human Feeding Laboratory (MK&HFL) plans, designs, produces, delivers, monitors, and documents nutrient-controlled meals and/or dietary vectors for human feeding studies with accuracy and precision. Several features of the MK&HFL make it similar to yet distinguished from typical analytical laboratories and food service operations.
One feature of the MK&HFL that makes it unique from the other analytical laboratories is the provision of safe food specimens to human study participants; these specimens are eaten by study participants in attempt to measure the true biological effects in humans. A feature that makes it unique from traditional food service operations is the strict measurement, control, and documentation of food composition and intake by study participants. One feature that makes it unique from both analytical laboratories and traditional food service operations is the education and counseling of study participants that is essential to the implementation of feeding studies (e.g., behavior change, weight-loss, feeding study procedures, food safety, etc.).
The design of food specimens for controlled feeding studies as well as the education and counseling materials is governed by several conditions: food specimens must be produced, stored, and delivered while remaining safe for human consumption; they must be designed to minimize burden on the study participants; they must address the research questions as defined by the principal investigators; their design must take into consideration the wide range of sensory, cultural, and psychological preferences that affect food intake in order to maximize adherence; they must be produced within budgetary constraints; they must be produced and stored in ways to preserve nutritional composition and safety (e.g., applying food-grade nitrogen gas to expel ambient air when packaging polyphenol-rich food specimens); and their design, procurement, production, storage, intake, and residuals must be documented at all stages of development and production.
The workflow is dependent primarily on participant enrollment in active studies with limited budgets; no revenue from sales is generated to offset costs. Given the assortment of skills, knowledge, and abilities (SKAs) that are needed to staff the MK&HFL, qualified staff must have a diverse academic and/or employment history background-foodservice worker, laboratory technician, educator and counselor, and data processor-while maintaining and developing new SKAs as study demands change.
Location: Davis Allow Applicants to Attach: Resume Cover Letter References
Job Summary: Under general supervision of the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) provides a wide range of services: - Assists the RDN in the planning, designing, producing, delivering, monitoring, and documenting controlled human feeding studies. - Assists the RDN in developing and implementing nutritional care plans to study participants. - Assists the RDN with calculating caloric intakes and providing diet education to study participants. - Assists the RDN with solving problems related to food service in the research setting (e.g., preparation, distribution, quality control, documentation, inventory, etc.) - Assists the RDN with improving overall production methods to improve efficiency of producing, delivering, and documenting diet intake data. - Assists the RDN with the screening, recruiting, and coordinating of study participant visits. - Assists the RDN with precepting students and interns. - Serve as a lead worker over other employees, volunteers, and interns. - Serve in a liaison capacity between the RDN, the Metabolic Kitchen, the Human Studies Unit, and other team members including study coordinators, nurses, recruiters, physiologists, scientists, and others.
In addition, DTRs perform the majority of their duties independently under the general supervision of the RDN. Applicants and incumbents are expected to possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. Applicants are expected to serve as a lead for other crew, including employees, interns, and students. Incumbent will report to the Registered Dietitian (NTRTN AND DIETARY SUPV 2) at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center in the Metabolic Kitchen and Human Feeding Lab.
Registered Dietetic Technicians (DTR) have the academic training that addresses all of the SKAs needed to conduct human feeding studies; they are credentialed through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Key skills of a DTR include problem-solving, listening, critical thinking, communication, interpersonal skills, and teaching. Required coursework for the Clinical Nutrition majors include English, communication, chemistry (general and organic), biochemistry, economics, psychology, statistics, food science technology, management theory and principle (including food service management), microbiology, human physiology, pathophysiology, medical nutrition therapy, and either anthropology or sociology; analytical laboratory experience is included with general and organic chemistry, biology, physiology, and food science technology.
In summary, the DTR has the skillset to serve as an assistant to the Registered Dietitian (RD) in planning, designing, producing, delivering, monitoring, and documenting controlled human feeding studies.
Physical Demands: - Ability to safely perform fine manipulation using one hand, including keyboard and mouse use.
- Ability to safely type at a minimum of > 50 words per minute with >95% accuracy.
- Ability to safely perform numeric entry with a 10-key pad at 150 keystrokes per minute with >95% accuracy.
- Ability to safely withstand prolonged standing and walking in refrigerator (up to 1.5 hours at a time at 4C, with 10-minute warm-up breaks) and freezing conditions (up to 30 minutes at a time at -20C with 10-minutes warmup breaks) while consistently using approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Ability to safely complete work with eye, hand, and foot coordination and manual dexterity necessary for performing tasks in a safe and rapid fashion according to established procedures.
- Ability to safely reach, stoop, bend, kneel, and crouch for setting up, maintaining, and/or cleaning equipment and surfaces according to established procedures.
- Ability to lift and carry objects regularly weighing 25 pounds, frequently weighing up to 50 pounds, and occasionally weighing up to 100 pounds (with assistance).
- Demonstrate consistent ability to safely push/pull objects weighing up to 150 pounds on wheels, and over 150 pounds with assistance.
- Demonstrate consistent ability to safely use a step-ladder to reach items above shoulder height.
- Demonstrate consistent ability to stand for a minimum of two hours at a time.
- Demonstrate consistent ability to maintain clean hygiene and hands according to established procedures.
Work Environment: - Ability to work occasional overtime and/or weekends.
- Work flexible schedule, including irregular shifts; occasional varied lunch hours; overtime, occasional weekends on short notice; restricted vacation during peak workload periods.
- UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Background Check Required: Yes
Minimum Qualifications: - Registration as a Dietetic Technician through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
- At least 1,040 hours (0.5 FTE) paid employment involving research food production in a metabolic kitchen.
- Professional experience working with dietary data and nutrition databases.
Preferred Qualifications: - Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (or equivalent).
- Current ServSafe certification.
- Having attended training in use of the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) through the Nutrition Coordinating Center (NCC), University of Minnesota.
- Experience working with the USDA Food Composition Database, the Food and Nutrition Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS), the Automated Self-Administered 24-hour recall (ASA24) system, the USDA Automated Multiple Pass Method (AMPM), and other tools of dietary calculations and assessment.
- Experience working with Viocare's ProNutra software.
- Level 3 Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Level 2 proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Level 1 proficiency in Outlook, Publisher, Access, and other computer and web-based software applications.
- Ability to understand documents written using both plain and technical language.
- Ability to work efficiently under pressure when presented with a large amount of work and to prioritize tasks.
- Demonstrate attentiveness to key details.
- Demonstrate excellent computer, record keeping, and office management skills.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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