PhD Candidate “How to provide health information to low SES groups” (1.0 FTE)
Project: How to provide health information to low SES groups Within the research programme “Incentivizing Prevention: a Multidisciplinary Approach” of the …
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Project: How to provide health information to low SES groups
Within the research programme “Incentivizing Prevention: a Multidisciplinary Approach” of the Erasmus Initiative “Smarter Choices for Better Health”, there is an opening for a PhD Candidate in the project “How to provide health information to low SES groups”. This project develops an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the problem that low SES groups report the highest prevalence of smoking, alcohol consumption and unhealthy diets, while having the lowest uptake of related health information. More specifically, research on health information uptake is enriched with cultural-sociological insights on opposition to the scientists and governmental agencies that provide this type of information. The project has five phases:
1) Focus groups to discuss existing health-campaign materials with low SES respondents and explore which cultural attributes evoke aversion.
2) State-of-the-art methods (Implicit Association Tests embedded in surveys) to assess whether deeply ingrained distrust/trust in institutions acquired through socialization in low/high SES environments are associated with poor health knowledge, risk assessments and intended behavioural changes.
3) Focus groups to develop health-campaign materials tailored to the low SES groups.
4) Population-based survey experiments to uncover the effectiveness of the newly developed health-campaign materials.
5) A follow-up survey to evaluate whether the health campaigns were effective in changing health knowledge, and comparing actual behavioural changes with intentions stated in phase 4.
The PhD Candidate is responsible for elaborating the study design, data collections and data analyses in all five phases, as well as disseminating insights to non-academic audiences. In collaboration with their supervisors, the PhD Candidate will write scientific papers for leading international peer-reviewed scientific journals. The PhD Candidate will participate in scientific meetings, (inter)national conferences, and departmental seminars. Following PhD training in the Graduate School and attending courses on theory and/or methods are part of the position. The project will be completed by means of a doctoral dissertation (PhD thesis) written by the PhD candidate. During the project, the PhD Candidate will participate in the department’s educational programmes (approximately 0.1 FTE).
- A Master’s degree (to be obtained before September 1, 2018) in Sociology, Communication Science, Public Health or a related field (preferably a Research Master);
- Excellent writing skills;
- A strong drive to conduct social-scientific research;
- Experience with relevant qualitative and quantitative methods;
- Excellent command of both Dutch and English;
- Flexibility and dedication;
- A creative, open personality with excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills;
- Ability to work well in a team, as well as autonomously.
Internationally-oriented and varied work within an enthusiastic and ambitious team of top researchers and lecturers, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).
Employment preferably starts September 1st 2018. The initial contract will run for a term of 1,5 years, which – depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 2,5 years. The conditions of employment correspond with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten (CAO NU). The Erasmus University offers a salary of € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2.840,- gross per month in the final year in accordance with the Promovendus scale of CAO NU. Salary is based on a fulltime occupation. Objective of the temporary 4-year position is the production of a thesis leading to a PhD degree. Candidates are to submit yearly progress reports to the faculty’s standing committee for research.
The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, an end-of-year payment of 8.3% of the yearly salary and 232 hours leave per year (based on a full-time appointment of 38 hours). In case of a working day of 8 hours, you will weekly save 2 hours extra for annual leave. In total you’ll have 328 hours leave per year.
In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. Moreover, EUR staff members can make use of the facilities at the EUR campus, including the Erasmus Sports Centre and the University Library. Substantial tax benefits apply to non-Dutch citizens, conditional on permission granted by the Dutch Tax Office. Applicants should have the right to work in the Netherlands for the duration of the contract.
Based on our internal career policy, internal candidates are given a prior position, relative to external candidates. Furthermore, diversity is one of our strategic priorities. Female candidates and/or candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background are encouraged to apply. Under the condition of equal quality and suitability, these candidates will have a priority position.
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Diversity is one of our strategic priorities. Female candidates and/or candidates from an ethnic minority and/or candidates with an international background are encouraged to apply. Under the condition of equal quality and suitability, these candidates will have a priority position.
You can obtain more information about the Erasmus University Rotterdam on https://www.eur.nl/english/ You can obtain more information about the Department of Public Administration and Sociology on https://www.eur.nl/en/essb/research/sociology.
For additional information on the vacancy, please send an email to dr. Jeroen van der Waal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and dr. Willem de Koster (email@example.com).
The candidate will become part of an enthusiastic team of junior and senior sociologists devoted to studying the mechanisms responsible for stratified patterns in health (e.g., obesity, mental well-being), health-related behaviours (e.g., unhealthy diets), and political attitudes and behaviours (e.g., institutional distrust). In this interdisciplinary project, the candidate will also cooperate with scholars in public health and health economics embedded in the Department of Public Health of Erasmus Medical Centre and the Erasmus School of Economics, respectively.