Post doc - Persuasive technology for healthy lifestyles

Gepubliceerd op
26 juli 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Behavior and Society
Einddatum wo 22 augustus 2018
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We are looking for

You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist, devoted to set up and lead research on the topic of persuasive technology for healthy lifestyles, i.e., healthy diets and physical activity patterns. You are motivated to develop your own research lines, conduct and publish research on the use of novel technologies for monitoring and changing health behaviours. You can bring knowledge on behaviour change techniques into the development and evaluation of technology-based interventions for health behaviour change. As health behaviours are influenced by the social and physical surroundings of individuals, you seek novel ways to use technology for embedding contextual factors in interventions. Areas you could be interested in are digital coaching, conversational agents, serious games, location-based communication, augmented/virtual reality, Internet of Things, use of Big Data. In your approach to research, different stakeholders are acknowledged through processes of co-creation and employing design research methods.
Your position will start within a large, 4 year program set up by the 4TU federation (the four universities of technology in the Netherlands: TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, University Twente and Wageningen University). In the program “Pride and Prejudice: Tackling chronic disease prevention through real-life monitoring and context-aware intervention design” departments of information technology, industrial design, biomedical science, human nutrition and social sciences collaborate to support lasting improvement in healthy food choice and physical exercise in the population. The program aims to appoint 6 tenure track assistant professors and 8 postdocs. The ambition is that after the initial project period a lasting collaboration has been formed, of which the successful candidate will be our representative.

We ask

The successful candidate will:

  • hold A PhD in health psychology, health communication, health promotion, human-technology interaction or related field.
  • Be experienced with research on technology for changing as well as monitoring dietary and/or physical activity behaviour
  • Have a proven ability to publish in top-tier international peer reviewed journals.
  • Be able to contribute to efforts to acquire external research funding
  • Express a willingness to collaborate with interdisciplinary partners both within Wageningen, the 4TU federation and beyond.
  • Demonstrate affinity with educational activities

We offer

We offer you a 1.0 fte post doc position for 12 months, which can be extended to 48 months after a positive evaluation. The maximum gross salary is € 4,852 per month (based on fulltime employment), (maximum scale 11 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities based on relevant work experience). (Starting in scale 10 can be applicable for candidates in the last stage of obtaining their PhD degree). In addition, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

Starting date is ultimately January 2019. First round interviews will be held on Tuesday 4 September afternoon.

More information

Additional information about the postdoc position can be obtained from: Prof. Dr. Emely de Vet (Strategic Communication Chair Group) (tel.:+31(0)317486146):
More general information about the Pride and Prejudice program at Wageningen University can be obtained from dr. Arnout Fischer (Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Chair Group) (tel: +31(0)317483053):

You can apply till 23 August via the button on

Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.


We are

The Strategic Communication Chair group aims to understand the role of communication as a driver for change in domains of food, health and the living environment at Wageningen University & Research. The groups seeks to unravel how communication facilitates unplanned change or how communication could be strategically designed for change. Hereto, communication is studied at micro level (e.g., conversations and dialogue) and macro level (e.g., public debates), and includes mediated (e.g., social media and blogs) and non-mediated (e.g., expert-lay interactions) forms of communication. Research of the group is geared around three research lines: 1) communication, organization and change, 2) communication and behaviour change, and 3) communication, contestation and cooperation. The post-doc will join the research line on behaviour change.
Wageningen University & Research is a globally leading research institution on food and agriculture that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’. Our One-Wageningen approach and single faculty structure support collaboration between the sciences to deliver interdisciplinary science for impact. We do not just develop top-quality expertise; we also help translate our knowledge into practice worldwide. That is why we do fundamental research all over the world.