Postdoc on Habit formation and physiology of products with a stimulant

Postdoc on Habit formation and physiology of products with a stimulant

Published Deadline Location
7 Nov tomorrow Wageningen

Job description

Are you interested in the role of sensory perception and physiology in habit formation for (non-) food-products that have psycho-physiological effects? Do you have experience in independently collecting human, physiology and/or behavioral data? We are looking for an excellent and motivated postdoctoral researcher.

There are many commercially available food and non-food products that contain different amounts and types of physiological active compounds (PACs) such as caffeine or taurine, but also flavorings (i.e. menthol) and sugar. Yet little is known about how these PACs influence consumer physiology, associative learning, neural reward responses and links to habit formation. Currently not much is known about how preferences and habitual use are influenced by the products characteristics, labeling, packaging and marketing, and their consumption format (i.e. food based or supplements) and intake (oral versus nasal).

You will join WUR Division of Human Nutrition and Health and RIVM Centre for Health Protection.

What will you do?
To gain a better understanding of the process of product preference and habit formation, this three year project will:
  1. profile the current market for food and non-food products that contain PACs;
  2. determine the relative effects of product characteristic such as sensory, nutrient, package (labelling) and PAC properties on preference and habit formation and
  3. develop a deeper understanding of conditioned psycho-physiological responses and identification of risks of product habit formation.
Your tasks as a postdoctoral researcher will include:
  1. identification and chemical analysis of the products of interest,
  2. setting up and conducting human intervention studies,
  3. supervision of MSc-level internship or thesis students and
  4. developing a funding strategy for continuation of this research (under supervision).
The central theme of your research is to understand the key factors that influence habit formation for products with PACs or biologically active flavorings.

Specifically you will:

(i) describe the current market for products containing PACs or flavorings including
  1. marketing, sensory and chemical-analytical analysis of these products and
  2. characterization of the consumers of the various products.
(ii) plan and execute a long term follow-up study with human participants to understand the relative contribution of sensory, nutrient (food), package (labelling) and effects on preference and habit formation,
(iii) set up a study to determine the effect of conditioning on reward-related brain responses (fMRI) and whether this differs between food and non-food products.

Specifications

Wageningen University & Research

Requirements

You are a pro-active and enthusiastic scientist with a hands-on mentality and with experience in the above-mentioned fields.

You have at least:
  • a PhD degree related to human research, human behavior or habit formation, physiology, consumption behavior, and/or biomedical or health sciences;
  • evident experience in performing human intervention studies;
  • excellent writing skills and scientific communication in English. Verbal communication in Dutch is appreciated.
And you have:
  • affinity and experience with both desk research and laboratory research;
  • a structured way of working on your research, are decisive and goal-oriented;
  • a team player that is capable of working independently and also as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • proven ability to combine expertise from different fields and apply this in a pragmatic way to the project. Preference for a multidisciplinary approach to issues;
  • willingness to commute between two working places (i.e. WUR and RIVM).
This postdoc project is not suited for applicants that have a plant- or animal oriented-, food technology-, or biochemistry background unless combined with a background in human behavior or habit formation, physiology, consumption behavior, and/or biomedical or health sciences.

The applicant should have evident experience with running human intervention studies, and have affinity with chemical analysis. Furthermore, the postdoctoral fellow should be capable of coordinating and conducting all aspect of data collection (human intervention studies) and analysis and willing to contribute to a multi-disciplinary team.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 2960,-. and € 4670,-. for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Employer

Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

Additional information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this function you can contact Marlou Lasschuijt, Assistant-Professor, by email: marlou.lasschuijt@wur.nl or Charlotte Pauwels, scientific researcher RIVM, by email: charlotte.pauwels@rivm.nl.
For more information about the procedure you can contact Mathilde Keij, HR advisor, by email: mathilde.keij@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 28th of November 2022. The job interviews will be held on the 8th of December 2022 between 10-15 hrs. Ideally the start date will be the 1st of January 2023.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Specifications

  • Postdoc
  • Food
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1099717-1

Employer

Wageningen University & Research

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Application procedure

Do you want more information?
For more information about this function you can contact Marlou Lasschuijt, Assistant-Professor, by email: marlou.lasschuijt@wur.nl or Charlotte Pauwels, scientific researcher RIVM, by email: charlotte.pauwels@rivm.nl.
For more information about the procedure you can contact Mathilde Keij, HR advisor, by email: mathilde.keij@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 28th of November 2022. The job interviews will be held on the 8th of December 2022 between 10-15 hrs. Ideally the start date will be the 1st of January 2023.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Do you want more information?
For more information about this function you can contact Marlou Lasschuijt, Assistant-Professor, by email: marlou.lasschuijt@wur.nl or Charlotte Pauwels, scientific researcher RIVM, by email: charlotte.pauwels@rivm.nl.
For more information about the procedure you can contact Mathilde Keij, HR advisor, by email: mathilde.keij@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 28th of November 2022. The job interviews will be held on the 8th of December 2022 between 10-15 hrs. Ideally the start date will be the 1st of January 2023.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Make sure to apply no later than 28 Nov 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).