Postdoctoral Fellow



Job description

Palmerston North, New Zealand

Riddet Institute
Office of the Provost
Term length: fixed-term
Hours of work: full-time

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Position Overview

The Riddet Institute is a world-best research centre in food and nutritional sciences, providing fundamental scientific understanding and training for a new generation of science leaders. The Institute integrates partner organisations (Massey University (host), Auckland and Otago Universities, AgResearch and Plant & Food Research) and disciplines, leading a “NZ Inc” approach to food research, and generates knowledge and capability that transforms the New Zealand food industry.

We are seeking a high-achieving researcher to become part of a wider team working across several research institutions on a project entitled ‘New Zealand Milk Means More (NZM3)’. The researcher will be responsible for understanding the consumer messaging element of the project.

Applicants must hold a PhD in either Consumer Behaviour, a Psychology speciality appropriate to the project, Health Promotion or any other relevant discipline and demonstrate past experience in qualitative and quantitative research with human participants. Applicants must clearly specify why they are the best candidate for the project. Interviews are likely to be in March 2019 with a start date by end of September 2019.

Understanding consumer perception of nutrition and wellbeing messaging aligned to dairy products

Main Supervisor: Professor Joanne Hort, Director of FEAST & Principal Investigator in the Riddet Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

The postdoctoral fellow will form part of a multidisciplinary team with expertise in understanding consumer engagement with dairy. The researcher will join the Food Experience and Sensory Testing lab at Massey and will be based in the Riddet Institute in Palmerston North, Massey University, New Zealand with some fieldwork overseas.

Key markets for New Zealand dairy products are China and potentially the US. The project aims to develop an understanding of current consumer perception of the contribution of dairy products to nutrition and wellness and the types of messaging that conveys this information in a way the consumer understands. Taking this as a base the researcher will then be involved in developing appropriate nutritional and wellness messaging for the new findings from research, including clinical studies, involved in the wider NZM3 programme.

The researcher will hold a PhD in Consumer Behaviour, a Psychology speciality appropriate to the project, Health Promotion or any other discipline relevant to this project and demonstrate past experience in qualitative and quantitative research with human participants. They will have excellent English language capability and communication skills as working with human participants and integrating with other researchers will be a key part of the role. Past experience in nutrition or health promotion is desirable but not essential.

The salary will depend on experience but will be in the range for postdoctoral fellows at Massey University. The appointment will be for a term of four years.

How to apply

Applicants please send your CV including a statement of your research interests and goals and at least two referees, plus your university transcripts when uploading your application to the following website: http://

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