PostDoc on Ethics and psychology of health behavior change technology
Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences
Are you passionate about the potential of health behavior technology to
transform the practice of medicine? Do you want your research to make a
difference to the future of medical care in the Netherlands and worldwide?
This post-doctoral researcher will develop a training module for Dutch
clinical professionals about how to use health behavior change technology,
focusing on the psychological and ethical aspects of using technology to
influence health behavior.
The main challenge will be to develop a module to teach best practices for the
use of health behavior change technologies such as mobile applications and
wearables. The target group for the module is Dutch clinical professionals
such as GPs, nurse practitioners, and POH ( praktijkondersteuners van de
huisarts ) who play a role in stimulating healthy behavior. Technologies can
support target health behaviors and goal achievement through data collection,
feedback, knowledge-provision, and motivational encouragement. The candidate
will conduct research on current Dutch and international medical practice and
relevant health psychology and ethical dimensions of health behavior change
technologies. They will also interact with key stakeholders such as clinicians
and professional organizations, policy institutes, academia, and non-
governmental organizations. Finally, they will also support project activities
that disseminate relevant knowledge and promote knowledge utilization.
The candidate will be part of Mobile Support Systems for Behavior Change, a
research project of the Philosophy & Ethics Group and the Human Technology
Interaction Group at TU Eindhoven, together with Philips Research. The post-
doctoral position will be hosted in the Department of Philosophy & Ethics, a
vibrant research group at the university.
Preliminary research suggests there is no existing module for professionals
serving the aims we have in mind. This is a unique opportunity to influence
the future of health care practice as clinical professionals increasingly
adopt mobile health solutions and work with patients to empower health
PhD in Applied Ethics, Health Care Ethics, (Health) Psychology, Human
Technology Interaction, or a comparable domain.
Excellent networking skills.
A proven ability to manage a complex project to completion on schedule.
Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for
instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publication(s).
Excellent mastery of the English language, good communication and
Ability to speak Dutch is desirable for this position because of the need
to interact with Dutch health professionals and organizations. However,
candidates who are not fluent in Dutch will be seriously considered.
Proven ability to be a team player and work in a dynamic,
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the
possibility to present your work at international conferences.
Full-time employment for nine months.
You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general
skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective
Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical
infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse
program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
Information and application
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Philip J. Nickel, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy & Ethics, at
or +31 40 247 3726.
For information about terms of employment, click here or contact Kim Spinder-
van Puijenbroek, HR Advisor, k.a.g.m.v.puijenbroekattue.nl.
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The application should include a:
Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for
Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact
information of three references.
List of five self-selected ‘best publications'.
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received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.