Netherlands: PhD in Food Waste at Wageningen UR

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Job description

We are looking for a PhD candidate with interdisciplinary research skills. Reduction of food loss is complex because of the multiple factors underlying the problem. Explorative studies have provided insights in amounts of food waste in catering settings and at households, but much less is known about the influence of – food product characteristics, processing facilities, food handler characteristics, and organisational/social environment – on food rejection behaviour and food waste. The aim of the study is to identify and model major determinants of food rejection behaviour in different food preparation settings (institutional, domestic) in order to develop effective interventions strategies at different system levels (micro, meso & macro) to reduce food waste. The PhD student is expected to write a systematic review, to develop and validate an analytical framework to systematically analyse cases and perform simulation studies, and to design intervention strategies for food waste reduction. The candidate should have skills in the Dutch language because of the character of the cases.


For this position, we request an MSc degree in food science area with a strong affinity for consumer science, skills in mathematics and/or modeling, or an MSc degree in management & consumer sciences with a strong affinity for food technology, and with skills in mathematics.

Conditions of employment

We offer you a temporary position for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. Gross salary per month € 2083,- in the first year rising up to € 2664,- per month in the fourth year.

We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.

Contract type: Temporary, Onbekend


Wageningen UR

The Food Quality and Design group studies in an integrative way how technological factors as such, or in relation to socio-economic and managerial factors, can be used to optimize food quality throughout the food chain.

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen UR where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important European player, we carry out top-level research and work alongside authoritative partners within the international business world as well as the government on “Healthy food in a biobased society”. We have a crucial role in innovations within the market. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are what define us. In short, we are an interesting, international employer of stature.

Wageningen University and Research centre Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look
Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Pieternel Luning, Associate Professor, telephone number +31 317482087.
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Rob van Meegen, HR-advisor, telephone number +31 317485466.

You can apply online at until 21th of January 2014.

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