Full Time, Fixed Term Contract from June 2023 – 31 March 2025
The Department of Economics is looking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with a strong background in Public Health or Economics. The successful candidate will undertake research to support a field trials of the SALIENT consortium evaluating interventions to encourage healthy and sustainable diets in an online shopping environment, funded by UK government departments through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The successful candidate will work closely with the trial leads Professors Thijs van Rens (Economics, University of Warwick) and Oyinlola Oyebode (Public Health, Queen Mary University London) on the development of the study design and questionnaires, literature review, data collection and analysis, and all stages of the publication process. This is one of several trials that are implemented by the interdisciplinary SALIENT (food System triALs for Impact on Environment, Nutrition and healTh) consortium, led by the University of Oxford. The successful candidate will participate in meetings of the SALIENT consortium, as well as in the regular activities of the Department of Economics.
The trial will be implemented as a field experiment, a series of randomised interventions in the online shopping environment where participants do their actual grocery shopping, i.e. websites of major UK supermarkets. We will also compare our result to those of other trials in the SALIENT consortium in order to advise the UK government on what works, for whom, and in what circumstances.
The tasks of the postdoc include negotiations with the survey and tech companies, helping to develop the study design and questionnaires, literature review, data collection and analysis, and all stages of the publication process. We expect that the results of the trial will result in several high-quality scientific publications in addition to any policy outputs.
The successful applicant will expect excellent academic mentoring by the trial leads, as well as good exposure to the academic environment in the economics department and in the public health and environmental fields. There will be opportunities to attend project workshops and academic conferences where we will present our results.
Applicants must have completed or be close to completing a doctoral degree in economics, public health, environmental science, or other relevant field. Some familiarity with quantitative research methods (regression analysis) is required, and experience with experimental methods and/or qualitative research are welcomed. This is a strongly interdisciplinary project, and an ideal applicant would have a strong background in quantitative social science as well as a proven affinity with public health, or vice versa.
Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams week commencing 5 June 2023.
Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.