PhD student in Global Nutrition

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1 augustus 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Food
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We are looking for

We are looking for a PhD student in Global Nutrition, based at Wageningen University, with a keen interest in conducting research in low and middle income countries on food system innovations to increase the healthiness of diets in Nigeria and Vietnam. The chair group Nutrition and Health over the Life course of the Division of Human Nutrition leads the Flagship Food Systems for Healthier Diets of the CGIAR Research Programme Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). Research focuses on understanding dietary gaps and their linkages with existing food systems, how changes in food systems can lead to healthier diets, to identify and test entry points for interventions to make those changes, carried out in four focus countries: Ethiopia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Nigeria. Within this Flagship we are looking for a PhD student, who will mainly focus on a research project in Vietnam and Nigeria aiming to improve fruit and vegetable intakes of urban, low-income consumers (especially women and youth as being the most vulnerable) in order to address the double burden of malnutrition. It involves consumer-oriented interventions aimed at increasing access, affordability and acceptability across a portfolio of fruit and vegetable value chains in urban areas of Ibadan, Nigeria and Hanoi, Vietnam. Proposed research activities will be organized around two inter-linked areas: 1) food environment assessment, encompassing physical flow of fruits and vegetables, actor mapping, dietary gaps and analysis of enabling policies and 2) retail innovations, combining established (food coupons) and novel (co-creation with consumers and retailers) mechanisms. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team, assessing the current food intake and innovative ways to increase fruit and vegetable intake of lower socio-economic income groups together with Bioversity, CIAT, IFPRI, local partners at the University of Ibadan, Hanoi Medical School, Rikolto, and the National Institute of Nutrition, Hanoi.

We ask

For this position we are looking for a candidate with:
• MSc degree in a biomedical, agriculture or economics related discipline (Nutrition and Health, Public Health), and experience in the field of diets, nutrition, food and health linkages is an asset.
• Fluency in written and spoken English (TOEFL internet-based 90 with a minimum of 23 for speaking, or IELTS (academic version) 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for speaking) 
• Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills;
• Passion for doing research in low and middle income countries
• Preferably experience with participatory research as well as dietary intake analysis; questionnaire based surveys (data collection through tablets)
• Motivated to work in an international team, with excellent communication skills.
• Willingness to travel and stay abroad (Nigeria & Vietnam) to conduct research activities in remote areas.

We offer

We offer a temporary position for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. Gross salary per month € 2266,- in the first year rising up to € 2897,- per month in the fourth year. 

We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact until 20-08-2018 Lucy Elburg MSc., Flagship manager, E: , T: (+)31 317 484824; From 20-08-2018 onwards dr. Elise Talsma, Assistant professor, email address:
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Rob van Meegen, Hr-advisor, telephone number +31 317485466.

You can apply online at until 3 September 2018.To apply for this position upload your CV and a letter of motivation. Interviews will be held on 5 and 11 September 2018.

We are

Division of Human Nutrition and Health and Health. Our mission is to improve health by better nutrition. The Division aims to achieve this by carrying out top-level research at the following levels: in cell systems at the molecular level, controlled dietary interventions at the individual level, observational studies at the population level. These fields of research are in line with the research lines of the five chairs Nutrition, Metabolism and Genomics; Nutrition and  Disease; Nutrition and Health over the Life course; Nutrition and Pharmacology; Sensory Science and Eating Behaviour.

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen University & Research, an organisation that brings together fundamental and applied scientific research. We work on creating ‘healthy food in a bio-based society’ with private sector companies, research institutes and government agencies in the Netherlands and abroad. Our innovations play a crucial role in solving the major issues which affect society today. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are key in all that we do. In short, we are a major international employer offering considerable potential for your career.

Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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