PHD STUDENT WITH AN INTEREST IN DIGITAL DIETARY INTERVENTION STUDIES

05 March 2019

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Christophe Matthys, tel.: +3216342655, mail: christophe.matthys@kuleuven.be.

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The candidate will contribute to the Translation and adaptation line focusing on transnutritional care of patients and secondary prevention of specific patient populations. Therefore a combination of different ‘behavior change models’ following the Intervention Mapping Protocol and mHealth is used. 

The ‘Nutrition & Obesity’ unit (Department CHROMETA, KU Leuven) envisages to create science-based dietary guidelines/interventions to tackle metabolic imbalance while identifying optimal chronic care. The ‘Nutrition and Obesity’ unit forms an unique academic group with both access to preclinical and clinical research tools on the interplay of nutrition and different chronic pathologies. The research lines focus on trans‐nutritional care and a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying metabolic changes. Our research lines are organized along the discovery-care continuum (Dzau et al, Lancet, 2009) and allows our team to evaluate innovative ideas and identify the underlying mechanism aiming to improve patient care and finally overall health. Three research lines can be identified; mechanistic line, human experimental line and the translation and adaptation line. The candidate will contribute to the Translation and adaptation line focusing on transnutritional care of patients and secondary prevention of specific patient populations. Therefore a combination of different ‘behavior change models’ following the Intervention Mapping Protocol and mHealth is used.

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Project

The new project aims to develop a personalized intervention to improve a person’s dietary intake and consequently health outcome. The project is an innovative project and collaboration between a corporate organization, start-up, KU Leuven and VIB. At the KU Leuven, you will work at the unit of  Nutrition &Obesity of Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology Group. This unit focuses on translational research with attention for both clinical and public health aspects of nutrition

You are responsible for the development and optimalisation of a digital dietary intervention.

This implies:

You develop in collaboration with other researchers of the consortium a health behavior change framework for this digital dietary intervention.

You develop in collaboration with other researchers of the consortium a feedback system.

Potentially you need to contact volunteers to evaluate the newly created feedback system and related dietary assessment tools.

You are responsible for training and guiding a team of dieticians during the intervention period.

You are responsible for the logistics of the project, including data collection and management, collection and storage of data.

You report to the investigators and you participate in team meetings.

You report to the investigators and you participate in team meetings.

Profile

Master of Medical, Biomedical, Bio-science engineering or other relevant MSc with an interest in nutrition

A first experience in dietary interventions/health promotion interventions is an asset.

Basic knowledge of statistics and statistical programs or the willingness to learn in a short time frame.

Plus point: knowledge of nutrition, UX, health promotion, statistics and software development

Generic competences: dynamic;organizing skills; result-oriented; communicating; convincing; accurate;analyzing; team worker; independent, problem-solver

Languages: Dutch; English and French are an asset

You are immediately available

You are flexible to work in Leuven and Ghent

Offer
  • A temporary PhD employment contract within the project
  • You can accelerate your knowledge and skills in a multidisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven and other partners of the consortium
  • An exciting research project with international opportunities
  • A varied and hands-on function with room for initiative