PhD student

Published on
December 19, 2019
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

Are you the enthusiastic and motivated person who is dedicated to improve physical performance and quality of life of cancer survivors and persons with chronic disease?
Then we are looking for you!

This PhD project aims to gain further understanding of how body composition changes during and after treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases and on how this impacts patient-reported outcomes, clinical outcomes and prognosis. The PhD student will assess how interventions involving diet, physical activity and other lifestyle components impact body composition and whether those changes translate to better patient-reported and clinical outcomes.

Your role
The PhD student will conduct a pilot study to test and improve a lifestyle intervention among patients suffering from cancer-related fatigue. Using the results of the pilot study, the PhD student will be involved in conducting a randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of the developed lifestyle program to reduce cancer-related fatigue. That trial will be funded by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). 
The PhD student will also be involved in lifestyle interventions among patients suffering from other chronic diseases and conditions (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, kidney failure, MS and/or bariatric surgery).
Within the project there is explicit room for original ideas to conduct ancillary studies and/or analyses. Creativity and enthusiasm is highly appreciated.

We ask

  • you have a Master degree in Nutrition, Movement Sciences or Exercise Physiology, Behavioural Sciences or related field;
  • you have a strong interest and preferably experience in conducting human intervention studies;
  • you have good organizational, writing and presentation skills and should be able to work both independently and in a team environment;
  • you are able to inspire people to join your project, or to participate in your study;
  • you are curious and creative.

We offer

We offer a temporary position for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. You will enroll in the VLAG graduate school at Wageningen University, which offers a wide range of excellent career broadening and deepening courses. Gross salary per month € 2325,-. in the first year rising up to € 2972,-.  per month in the fourth year based on 38 hours a week. You also have the opportunity to work 40 hours a week with additional holidays.  

In addition we offer

  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% fixed-year allowance;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary working conditions;
  • flexible working hours and vacations can in consultation with colleagues be settled so that an optimal balance between work and private is possible;
  • an excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • 232 holiday hours, the ability to purchase and good supplementary leave arrangements and an individualized model to compose part of your working conditions and a bicycle plan;
  • sports facilities available on campus which can be used against a small fee.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Renate Winkels, phone: +31317485489.
For more information about the procedure please contact Linda Broenink, HR advisor, phone: +31317484342.

You can apply up to and including January 31th 2020, via the apply button on this page.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialized research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, it is one of the leading organizations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

Within the project, you will work together with staff and faculty of the Division of Human Nutrition and Health of the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Department, and with the Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles group of the Department of Social Sciences.                 

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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