Wageningen University Research WUR The Netherlands

PhD in nutritional health and consumer barriers at Wageningen, Netherlands, May 2022

The Netherlands

PhD fellow position in nutritional health and consumer barriers is available for applicants with master’s degree in Human Nutrition, Public Health, Epidemiology, Behavioural Sciences, or similar at the Division of Human Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, May 2022.

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General Info

Position: PhD Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: € 2.443 - € 3.122

Human Nutrition and Health

Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

You have:

  • a successfully completed MSc degree in Human Nutrition, Public Health, Epidemiology, Behavioural Sciences, or similar;
  • excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page;
  • worked with multivariable regression models for prediction or to control for confounding;
  • interest in diet models, harmonising and linking data sets from different sources;
  • skills and interest to work on acceptability of new foods in culturally diverse diets;
  • ambition to widen scope to multidisciplinary and transnational European research.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Your project is embedded within the 4-year EU-funded project GIANT LEAPS, which includes a consortium of 34 partners from research organizations and industry, from across Europe. The project addresses major knowledge gaps in the so-called protein transition: nutritional health and consumer barriers (your PhD-project), safety & allergenicity (your colleague PhD), both in relation to environmental impacts and challenges in food technology.

You will uniquely make use of data from food surveys across the EU to assess nutritional health. You will extend this with environmental impact and indicators of consumer acceptability of diets. You will identify and quantify the main modifiable protein sources by either shifting dietary habits and/or by increased use of alternative proteins from processed foods. As diet shifts affect many nutrients beyond proteins, you will analyse trade-offs between health and environmental impacts using diet optimization models; this is crucial to avoid adverse side-effects of the protein transition. A specific challenge is to incorporate cultural diversity, consumer acceptability and protein bioavailability into such models. Finally, with your colleague-PhD you will work on extension of the optimization model with allergenicity and food safety. Your contributions to the EU project will interact closely to other work packages on for example food processing, food safety, digestibility and environmental sustainability.

The research is embedded within the chair Global Nutrition at the Division of Human Nutrition and Health [prof Edith Feskens, link)], and works with the team “Sustainable diets across the globe”, which is led by Prof. Pieter van ’t Veer (link). You will be co-supervised by Dr Sander Biesbroek, Dr Liesbeth Temme and Dr Anneleen Kuijsten. You will work closely together with a colleague-PhD who focuses on food safety and allergenicity within the same project [BEC-group, supervised by prof van der Fels-Klerx from Wageningen Food Safety Research].

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

You can apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter, using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.This vacancy will be listed up to and including May 11th 2022.

About the Employer:


  • study leave and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.

The gross salary for the first year is € 2.443,- per month rising to € 3.122,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

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Contact details

  • For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Sander Biesbroek by email [email protected].
  • For more information about the procedure, please contact Marjolijn Steffens by email: [email protected].

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