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Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Personalised Digital Nudging for Healthy Food Choice – Tilburg, Netherlands, Mar 2022

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Tilburg University invites applications for a Postdoctoral researcher will work within the “NudgeMe” project, which focuses on digital nudges for healthy food choice in retail applications, at the Department of Communication and Cognition in the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, the Netherlands – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 3282 EURO/Month

Department of Communication and Cognition

Tilburg University, the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for an enthusiastic post-doc. The successful candidate has obtained (or has finished and will soon obtain) a PhD in a relevant discipline, like (health) psychology, (health) communication, health/persuasive technology, public health, or nutrition (and health). You have affinity with experimental (lab and preferably also field) research and excellent methodological and statistical skills. Your English is excellent for both speaking and writing at an academic level. If Dutch is not your primary language, we expect you to speak and write Dutch at a level that allows you to effectively communicate with research participants that only speak Dutch.

Responsibilities/Job Description

This post-doctoral researcher will work within the “NudgeMe” project, which focusses on digital nudges for healthy food choice in retail applications. In this project, empirical, ethical and design perspectives on personalised digital nudging techniques are assessed in the context of an innovative digital nudge type, namely the Just-In-Time nudge (Van der Laan & Orcholska, 2022, Food Quality and Preference). The project is funded by Health~Holland | Top Sector Life Sciences & Health and is a collaboration with the mobile app company Nakko bv.

We offer a 2-year contract at 0.8 fte to investigate the effectiveness and acceptability of personalised digital nudges. More specifically, the post-doc project entails investigating the effects and underlying mechanisms of personalised (as opposed to generic) digital nudges, 2) the impact of transparency (e.g., disclosing nudging or personalisation) on nudging effects, and 3) whether effects hold up in a relevant (field) setting in healthy consumers and Type 2 Diabetes patients. The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up, conducting, analysing, and reporting the experimental studies. The candidate will work on these tasks in a close collaboration with the project consortium consisting of other researchers and the company Nakko bv.

This position is hosted at the department of Communication and Cognition (DCC), Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) and the Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC). Researchers in TiCC explore cognitive and social aspects of human communication through a multidisciplinary approach, combining careful experimentation with survey methods, corpus analyses and computational modelling. Core research domains include (in alphabetical order) communication and technology, cross-cultural communication, information visualization, language production, new media design, non-verbal communication, social media research and strategic communication.

Job description

  • Develop and conduct experimental research
  • Write (at least) two peer-reviewed papers for submission to international journals
  • Give presentations about study results on a regular basis at workshops and conferences
  • Co-organise (project) meetings

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 19544

Application Procedure

Applications should include a cover letter in English (max 1 page), a concise Curriculum Vitae (including the names and contact details of two references), plus the two publications you are most proud of. The application deadline is March 13th, 2022. The position is open until filled. Interviews will be held in end-March 2022. Starting date is preferably on June 1st.

About the Department

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

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Fixed-term contract: 2 years.

The candidate will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as Researcher 4. The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimally) €3282,- up to (maximally) € 3691,- per month. The successful candidates will be offered a two-year contract.Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment, such as a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually), an options model and reimbursement of moving expenses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities applies.

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Contact details

For more information on this position and the NudgeMe project, please contact dr. ir. Nynke van der Laan ([email protected]).

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