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PhD Design Research Enduring Rewards project

Recent large-scale population research showed that healthy lifestyle extends lifetime by six years and delays the onset of chronic diseases by nine years. …

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Landbergstraat, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


Recent large-scale population research showed that healthy lifestyle extends lifetime by six years and delays the onset of chronic diseases by nine years. Multiple interventions are available to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle. These interventions are successful in motivating people to initiate a behavioural change (BC) but often fail keep people aboard and maintain their behavioural change. The present project investigates and evaluates how design can support motivation for a BC maintenance. To reach this aim we will investigate four strategies of personalisation of motivating incentives: 1) Adapt incentive–type, -quantity, and –moment to BC stage; 2) Introduce personal health feedback as motivator; 3) Personalise incentives to user’s engagement profile; and 4) Change system-initiated incentives into user-initiated incentives.
The Enduring Rewards project will work on three existing behavioural change programs. One of these programs is the LekkerFit! Program by the city of Rotterdam. This program, started in 2005, aims to motivate children and adolescents in Rotterdam for a healthy lifestyle involving healthy nutrition and physical activity. The present position will focus on the LekkerFit! program with adolescents as target group. Activities of the PhD function will involve user context studies, iterative rapid-prototype design, cocreative design of personalized incentives, and evaluation and integration of the design demonstrators in the LekkerFit! program.
As a PhD in the Enduring Rewards project you will work in a team of design researchers (TU Delft), public health researchers (EMC), the municipality of Rotterdam, and game design- and eHealth-companies. Other involved partners in the project are LU and LUMC.


The PhD candidate holds a master degree in Design science and/or a related discipline to the project, such as Psychology, Medical Informatics, Human Movement Science, Health, and can show a clear and demonstrated affinity with human-centred design. The candidate has excellent communication and writing skills, is creative, can work in an interdisciplinary practical and theoretical context, and has experience with co-creation. Experience in working with behavioural change projects and the target group, i.e. adolescents (especially in low SES neighbourhoods), is a plus. Since the research will be performed in the Dutch context, the candidate needs to speak and write Dutch fluently.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary schoolwhich are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Visch, V.T, Associate Professor, email: V.T.Visch@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact A. (Amanda) Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, HR Secretaresse Human-Centered Design, email: afdelingID-personeelszaken-IO@tudelft.nl.

Candidates are expected to submit a detailed CV, along with a letter of motivation, and contact information of two persons who can provide references, submit by March 31th 2020, 12:00h (GMT+1). When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number. Send your application to afdelingID-personeelszaken-IO@tudelft.nl.


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