We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoc
who wishes to conduct research in the context of a new Horizon Europe project called CUES. The CUES project (Consumers’ Understanding of Eating Sustainably)
is awarded with 6.5 million euros from the Horizon Europe programme by the European Commission. It sets out to foster significant changes concerning culture, food value chain, and policy in the food system in a time period of four years. The project will achieve these changes through co-designing scientific methods and approaches to transmit and present sustainability-related information to consumers to guide their knowledge on, for example sustainable labelling and the societal impact of different kinds of food production, transportation, and consumption. But also, to guide their behavior and to determine the persuasive keys to promote sustainable consumer behavior most efficiently. The CUES consortium combines 21 partners from different EU member countries with strong expertise in organizational and persuasive communication, consumer behaviours, food sustainability, and stakeholder management. Erasmus University Rotterdam serves as the coordinator of this project.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious Postdoc who will join our CUES project and will conduct research that will contribute to a sustainable food system that benefits the environment, the society, and the economy. Job description
The successful candidate will be based at the Department of Media and Communication of the ESHCC and will carry out the following tasks: Research and organizational duties (0.8 fte)
Teaching duties (0.2 fte)
- Conducting research within the framework of the CUES project.
- Publishing and presenting research results in the form of policy briefings, reports, articles in international peer reviewed journals, and papers at international meetings and conferences.
- Participating in and contributing to project meetings and workshops.
- Taking part in meetings, seminars, workshops etc. that are organized by the Erasmus Research Institute for Media, Culture, History and Society (ERMeCHS) and the department of Media and Communication.
- Performing a variety of coordination and organisational tasks in the context of the CUES project.
- Preparing and teaching courses within the context of the various degree programmes in the field of Media and Communication provided by the ESHCC. Monitoring the literature and integrating new insight into the education programme. Supervising and coaching students.
A PhD degree in Media and Communication, Business, Management, or the Social Sciences is required, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis skills. The candidate must possess skills to do research in cooperation with others and a keen interest in multidisciplinary research approaches is preferred. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a must.
As a Postdoc at the Erasmus Research Institute for Media, Culture, History & Society (ERMeCHS), you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with renowned academics with an international and interdisciplinary approach. Key tasks related to the CUES project
The Postdoc will work on several Work Packages for the CUES project, which focus on
- developing an in-depth understanding of the most influential factors and barriers (e.g., individual and social factors, factors within physical and digital food environments) to sustainable food consumption behaviour (Work Package 2),
- designing solution-oriented strategies to foster an inclusive process enabling consumers across cultural, demographic, and socio-economic backgrounds to opt for healthy, nutritious, and sustainable food (Work Package 4),
- systematically assessing how the intervention cases and policy dialogues in CUES empower consumers through fostering cultural, food value chain, and policy change (Work Package 6).
In addition, the Postdoc position entails
- collecting data using quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis;
- performing organizational tasks related to the CUES project;
- contributing to the writing of reports as part of the deliverables of the CUES project;
- engaging in and presenting during consortium meetings (note that regular travelling is thus required);
- publishing and presenting research results in the form of academic papers as well as policy reports and presentations for the CUES project.