Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands is inviting applications for a PhD position on ‘Promoting healthy and sustainable workplace food environments in the 2020/2021 academic session.

Project details:

There is a growing interest in offering healthy and sustainable food options at the workplace.  Healthy food consumption is important to encourage vitality, health and sustainable employability. As a considerable amount of time is spent at work, this is an important setting of food consumption. However, workplace food environments are not always supportive to enable healthy and sustainable food choices. Moreover, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs, up to 250 employees) not always have the opportunity to work with large caterers that can support in creating a healthy and sustainable food environment at the workplace (e.g., in the worksite restaurant). Therefore, other intervention strategies are needed to support SMBs in creating healthy and sustainable food environments.

This PhD project aims to use a co-creation approach involving relevant stakeholders and SMB employers and employees to develop and evaluate SMB workplace food environment interventions to enable healthy and sustainable food choices at the workplace. Both quantitative and qualitative studies will be conducted to gain insight in employers and employees support, requirements and needs with respect to a healthy and sustainable food environment at work. Moreover, interventions towards a healthy and sustainable food environment at SMBs will be developed and tested in a real-life experiment. In this project the PhD student will investigate implementation processes, psychological processes (e.g., acceptance, preferences) and behavioural processes such as food choices with respect to healthy and sustainable food environments in SMBs.

This position will be placed in the chair group Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles, they are a young and ambitious chair group keen to unravel the origins of healthy and sustainable consumption and lifestyle practices.

Worth of Award

  • You will receive a fully-funded PhD position, therefore you will be employed by the Wageningen University, where you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and planned research.
  • The gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,- per month rising to € 3.061,- in the fourth year in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (scale P). This is based on a full working week of 38 hours.
  • They offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

In addition, they offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.


You will fit our profile when you have:

  • completed a master’s degree (preferably a research master) in Public Health, Nutrition, Social or Health Psychology or a related discipline; Marketing or Consumer studies; Food Policy, Facility Management, or a related discipline;
  • knowledge and experience in the area of food-related behaviour change, food systems, behavioural intervention planning, evaluation or implementation, or food-related facility management is an advantage;
  • excellent organizational, communication and social skills illustrating a hands-on mind set;
  • proven affinity with scientific research in the domain of eating behaviour, public health nutrition or food systems;
  • strong affinity with trans- and interdisciplinary and field research;
  • excellent Dutch as well as English written and spoken communication skills (given the intensive interaction with Dutch clients, excellent command of Dutch is obligatory).

You also have to meet all the entry requirements of the  WUR PhD programme.

How to Apply

  • This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on their website so that they can process your personal data with your permission.

In order to apply, please upload:

  • a motivation letter;
  • your cv, with names of 2 references.

In addition, you are asked to submit (via ‘other’) a short plan of 250 words (which we call an abstract) of a study you would like to conduct which could include research questions or hypotheses and research methods (participants, design, measures, analyses).

The final starting date for this project is the 1st of October, 2020.

Deadline: This vacancy is open up to and including August 19, 2020. They want to plan the first job interviews in the week of the 24th or the 31st of August, 2020.


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