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PhD Scholarship on the topic of engaging people with healthy and sustainable out-of-home food environments at the Utrecht University (NL)


Utrecht University (NL) – Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. More than 5,600 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has about 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.


There is a growing interest in offering healthy and sustainable food options in cafes and restaurants. However, food consumption outside the home is often still unhealthy, and for this to change, we need to look at entrepreneurs as well as consumers. Within this project, a research programme into psychological processes such as consumer acceptance and preference, attitudes, and food choice will be combined with the coordination of a large-scale intervention project that will stimulate healthier and more sustainable food choices in out-of-home settings in which food is consumed (i.e. cafes and restaurants). Collaborating with external parties, the candidate will guide restaurants towards healthier and sustainable food environments, thereby allowing for investigation of this shift and what it means for food industry entrepreneurs and consumers in terms of communication, values, and behaviour.


Deadline: 17 August 2020. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. In order to apply, please upload a motivation letter, your curriculum vitae and names of 2 references. In addition, you are requested to submit a 250-word abstract of a study you would like to conduct in the project.
Interviews (through video-call) will be held on 27 August and the preferred starting date is 1 October 2020.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year that, upon satisfactory completion, will result in an extension for an additional three years. The gross salary ranges between €2,395 and €3,061 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model) to support a good work – life balance. More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.


For more information about this project, please contact Dr Marleen Gillebaart, via

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