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Post Doc Position Designing and Evaluating Nutrition Interventions

Within the department ID, multiple design approaches have been developed that can be instrumental in changing specific types of behaviors of individuals or …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
€ 2984 - € 4084 per maand


Within the department ID, multiple design approaches have been developed that can be instrumental in changing specific types of behaviors of individuals or groups, including methods to design with emotional dilemmas, design for subjective wellbeing, and social design. We evaluate the usefulness of these design approaches, by designing and testing interventions for behavior change in a context related to food consumption. These interventions will specifically target groups that are difficult to reach with standard health interventions, such as lower educated and vulnerable groups. In order to understand the experience of behavior change, we will not only monitor changes in behavior, but also assess the cognitive and affective underpinnings of that behavior. We strive to develop interventions that not only lead to momentary changes in specific target behavior, but contribute to an increase in long-term resilience, considering the individual person and the physical and social context in which he or she operates. In this project, the application of psychological theories, performing empirical research (observations, interviews, questionnaires, sensor data, experience-sampling), the development of design strategies, the monitoring of nutrition and health interventions, and the assessment of the impact of such interventions will go hand in hand.

The applicant is invited to develop her/his research lines in order to develop new scientific knowledge and innovative technology, including new frameworks for behavior change, systems to remotely monitor health parameters and behavior, and design approaches to develop interventions that persuade people to make healthy choices about what they eat in order to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Besides performing the research and developing the design interventions described above, the candidate is expected to actively participate in teaching courses that address human behavior change and food & eating design. In addition, he or she will play a supportive role in managing the Delft Food & Eating Design Lab.      


Candidates should have a PhD-degree in design, human nutrition, the social sciences or other related fields. They should have demonstrated interest in the food domain and experience with quantitative and qualitative evaluation research. Candidates should be at ease in conducting interdisciplinary work at the intersection between practice, research, and education.


You will be appointed as post doc for the duration of four years. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings.

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. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.  

Additional information

To apply, please send a detailed CV, along with a letter of motivation, contact information of two persons who can provide references, a publication list, an abstract of your PhD thesis and two selected publications. Please send your application by September 19th 2018 to afdelingID-personeelszaken-IO@tudelft.nl . When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATIO 0763.

For more information and questions, please contact dr. Rick Schifferstein (h.n.j.schifferstein@tudelft.nl).  

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Amanda Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, HR Secretary, email: afdelingID-personeelszaken-IO@tudelft.nl