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PhD position in ITN Marie Curie Project Edulia Formation of healthy eating habits in children aged 0-3: development of public health guideline dissemination material and effect on parental feeding practices and on children’s eating behaviour
Deadline for applications
Date of publication


Details on the type of contract
Temporary assignment
Duration of contract
3 years


Name of unit of assignment
UMR1324 CSGA Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l'Alimentation
Address of unit of assignment
INRA Sully 17 rue Sully BP 86510 21065 DIJON
Region of assignment
Burgundy Franche Comté


Working environment

INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, is Europe’s top agricultural research institute and the world’s number two center for the agricultural sciences. Its scientists are working towards solutions for society’s major challenges. It gathers more than 8000 permanent employees, in 17 research centers over the French territory. Within the “Human nutrition department”, its research unit “Centre des sciences du Goût et de l’Alimentation” (CSGA, Center on taste and feeding behavior) is located in Dijon and is one of the international “hotspot” for research on sensory sciences and consumer behavior.

INRA CSGA has a three-year PhD position available, from autumn 2018, within the ITN Marie Curie project Edulia (www.edulia.eu), in the team “Determinants of eating behavior across the lifespan, relationship with health” (Dijon, France). We are looking for motivated candidates who can work independently as well as a part of an international team. The work place will be at CSGA (Dijon, France), but the candidate will be required to spend approximately 9 months in Paris, France (Santé Publique France). The candidate will also spend 1 month in Wageningen University (Wageningen, The Netherlands).
The PhD project will focus on designing effective tools to disseminate public health guidelines (PHG) regarding the adoption of healthy eating habits in children aged 0-3 years, then designing an intervention to evaluate the effect of PHG dissemination tools on parental feeding practices and on children’s eating behaviour. The candidate will receive training on nutrition communication and dissemination tool evaluation; and on early nutrition intervention design methodology.
The successful candidate is expected to work towards a PhD degree, with a view to completing a doctorate within the contract period. He/she will be enrolled at the PhD programme in the University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (UBFC, Dijon, France) and must meet the conditions defined for admission. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to French master's degree level, with a documented strong academic background, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

INRA CSGA offers :
· A dynamic institution with focus on excellent science, professional development, and dissemination.
· An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research and development opportunities.
· The vibrant city of Dijon, with over 30.000 students, only 1h30 away from Paris.
· A competitive salary, according to French standards.

Eligibility Requirements (must have)
· Mobility: the candidates can be of any nationality; however, ITN programs require undertaking transnational mobility when taking up their appointment. The eligibility is determined by the date of recruitment: at the time of appointment, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.
· Early stage researcher: at the date of recruitment they should be in the first four years of their research careers (fulltime equivalent research experience) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. 'Full-time equivalent research experience' is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling to embark on a doctorate.

Training and skills required


· MSc or equivalent within a relevant scientific area (e.g., Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Public Health, Psychology, Communication sciences) with proved knowledge in Eating Behaviour and Consumer sciences and Statistics applied to the area.
· Languages: excellent working knowledge (written and oral) of English and French would be appreciated.
· Competence in data analysis tools applied to nutritional epidemiology and consumer sciences (e.g. R, SAS, data collection softwares)

Personal characteristics important for the position are:
· Strong collaborative skills
· Independent and analytic
· Results-oriented and with a strong motivation for the project
· Social skills and empathy

The following documents must be submitted to be considered for the position:
· Application letter describing qualifications and motivation for the position
· Curriculum vitae. If the candidate has any publication it should also be listed.
· Copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified).
· Two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses).
· Applicants with a qualification from a foreign university are advised to provide an explanation of the grading system used by that university.

Recruitment will open on July 1st and will be closed on August 29th, 2018. For more information about the position and to apply, please contact Sophie Nicklaus: sophie.nicklaus@inra.fr or Camille Schwartz camille.schwartz@inra.fr (CV and motivation letter, diplomas certificates and recommendation letters)


Sophie Nicklaus / Camille Schwartz