PhD Position 'The Amsterdam Social Network Interventions for Health Simulator (ASNIHS)' project

PhD Position 'The Amsterdam Social Network Interventions for Health Simulator (ASNIHS)' project

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9 Mar 10 Apr Wageningen

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Job description

Are you interested in working with Amsterdam community groups on social cohesion, urban food systems, and resiliency? Would you like to work as part of an interdisciplinary team working on systems perspectives in health promotion? If yes, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!.

The Health & Society Group at Wageningen University is offering a four-year Ph.D. position for an aspiring student. In this role, you will collaborate with Amsterdam community groups as well as researchers at WUR and the University Medical Center Amsterdam. Your main responsibility will be to undertake community-based, mixed-methods research that will inform the development of a simulation model for community network interventions. As a PhD student, you will help lead the community-based research and co-design process for understanding how social networks inform community actions to improve the diets, health, and resiliency of Amsterdam residents. Community-based research is central to health promotion, and this PhD will allow you to gain this important experience. This project is scheduled to begin in April 2023.

You will be supervised by Prof.dr. Spencer Moore, Chair of Health and Society group and co-supervised by dr. Kristina Thompson.

The Health and Society group is part of the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University & Research. Our research focuses on the sociological study of public health, health promotion and health protection, in resource poor and research rich contexts, with emphasis on (1) the social, natural and built environment, and (2) the role of actors and social institutions in advancing health and wellbeing
The Ph.D. candidate will be responsible for (1) completing PhD course work, (2) leading the community-based research process, and (3) co-creating with community groups a typology and set of best practices for community network activities in the Netherlands.

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Your Qualities
  • You have completed a Masters' degree in the field of social sciences, health promotion, community psychology, or another relevant science;
  • You have a penchant for participatory research and an interest in complex systems thinking;
  • You have experience in social science research, qualitative and quantitative;
  • You are a passionate researcher who enjoys working with community groups;
  • You have good oral and written communication skills in English and Dutch;
  • You are a team player who dares to make decisions and bear responsibilities;
  • Proficiency in Dutch is required for conducting community work;
For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language. More information can be found here.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • 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 receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.541,- per month rising to € 3.247,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

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 18th 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.
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. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


Wageningen University & Research

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.

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We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1179714-1


Wageningen University & Research

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