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Per Diem Research Dietetic Technician

University of California - Los Angeles Health
United States, California, Los Angeles
May 10, 2024

As our Per Diem Research Dietetic Technician, your duties encompass a wide range of specialized clinical nutrition and foodservice functions and include several unique to the research environment. Organizational and record-keeping duties, clinical functions and interactions with subjects, and food safety and sanitation-related activities in the metabolic kitchen are also important job components. Under direct supervision of the Nutrition Research Manager, you will be responsible for the provision of food and nutrition care services to research participants and patients using the dedicated resources of Clinical and Translational Research Center clinical facilities and metabolic kitchen. You will:

  • Prepare research diets in accordance with protocol requirements and participate in all related food service activities.
  • Assist with preparation of test meals and food challenge materials by accurately measuring ingredients and following detailed protocols.
  • Conduct quality control activities: use of safe food handling techniques, food safety and sanitation records and inspections, temperature records, cleaning schedules, etc.
  • Ensure all food service/nutrition equipment are in good working condition and submit requests for services as needed.
  • Communicate selections to patients on ad lib diets, and serve meals at times and in quantities required by protocol.
  • Maintain office workspace and metabolic kitchen foodservice equipment in clean and sanitary condition and good working order.
  • Comply with CTRC metabolic kitchen policies and procedures regulating dress, safety and sanitation
  • Collect and record medical, laboratory, dietary or other necessary information as directed by the Nutrition Research Manager; adhere to patient privacy guidelines.
  • Interview study participants to obtain diet history and food preferences, provide diet and research protocol instructions and nutrition education as directed.
  • Participate in the orientation of study participants and staff about the nutrition component of research projects.
  • Provide diet counseling for all patients on modified diets who require it.
  • Maintain open and effective professional communication with other staff members

Salary: $33.52 Hourly

  • Dietetic Technician, Registered (D.T.R.) or Nutrition and Dietetic Technician
  • ANSI-CFP food safety certification required (ServSafe, Prometric, NRFSP, 360 Training)
  • Some post-secondary experience in a field related to research
  • A minimum of one year's experience as a Diet Technician or Dietetic Assistant in a hospital food service setting
  • Must demonstrate competency with basic arithmetic skills, including percentage and decimal calculations
  • Must be familiar with the basic techniques of quality food preparation and foodservice safety and sanitation principles

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