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Undergraduate research assistant for project on environmental impacts of conventional and alternative beef production.

by Sara Gomez Garcia on June 3, 2014

An undergraduate Research Assistant (RA) is needed to collaborate on a Ph.D. dissertation project that is examining the environmental impacts of conventional and alternative beef production. The study applies a nutrition lens to life cycle assessment (LCA) of environmental impacts to better understand which systems can provide healthier, more sustainable meat. The RA will conduct a literature review on meat composition, collect primary data via email and telephone, and will learn about cattle systems and the basics of LCA.


  • 133 hours (minimum commitment of 10-12 hours per week)
  • Work will be conducted independently. Weekly or bi-weekly check ins with the PI (in person or via Skype) will be required.
  • Start date mid-June/early July
  • Stipend $2000 through the Tufts Institute of the Environment



  • Coursework in environmental science, biology, nutrition, animal science, or engineering
  • Strong communication skills – oral (telephone and in-person) and electronic communications – are essential
  • Willingness to call industry professionals via telephone
  • Experience with Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail


  • Passion for sustainable food and agriculture
  • Familiarity with life cycle assessment or environmental impact assessment

To apply contact Nicole Tichenor

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