PhD in the field of Food Waste: Transition from Excess to Enough (1.0 FTE)
Faculty of Economics and Business
University of Groningen
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SOM, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has a PhD position available.
The food system aims at providing large amounts of food anywhere, anytime, at the expense of extensive food waste. This project investigates changes in the food system to obtain a transition from having excess to having enough, specifically focusing on the demand side. The large amount of food wasted indicates that consumers have trouble predicting their consumption levels because of preference changes and unexpected events throughout the week. A mindset shift on the side of the consumer is needed from "fear of too little" to "concern about too much". We investigate how this can be accomplished and what it entails for the way households manage their food. Do you want to contribute to a transformation in food management practices and food retailing to reduce food waste?
This PhD position is funded by NWO. The project is interdisciplinary, at the interface between consumer behaviour, marketing, and design. Partners in the project are the Wageningen University & Research (Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Group) and Delft University of Technology (industrial design), and we collaborate with various public and private partners such as Voedingscentrum, the Foundation United Against Food Waste, Hello Fresh, and others. More information about the project can be found on https://www.marketingandconsumerbehaviour.nl/new-project-food-waste-from-excess-to-enough/
This offers major advantages for the PhD candidate in terms of opportunities to collect high-quality data, additional funds for travelling, and close interactions and discussions enhancing the quality and relevancy of the research projects. The project will supervised by Prof. Jenny van Doorn and Prof. Koert van Ittersum and will be embedded in SOM’s research programme in Marketing: https://www.rug.nl/research/marketing/
The PhD candidate should have a background (MSc, research master) in marketing or a discipline related to the topic described above, such as psychology or social sciences.
Conditions of employment
Contract length: 48 months.We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
- a starting salary of € 2,325, which increases yearly to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month
- an additional 8% holiday allowance each year in May, and an additional 8.3 % year-end bonus in December
- a full-time temporary appointment for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.
Starting date: 1 September 2020
Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following separate documents:
1. a motivation letter (1 A4 max) and a short study proposal for the PhD project (2 A4 max)
2. a CV
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
4. proof of English proficiency
5. other relevant documents.
The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into consideration.
You can submit your application until 8 March 11:59pm / before 9 March 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code
Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
For additional information, please contact:
For more general information
Prof. Jenny van Doorn (for more information on this specific project)
In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220045