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Wrocław Faculty of Psychology of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is inviting applications for a position of Research Assistant in the research project “A theory-based online-delivered intervention to promote weight loss maintenance: a within-person randomised controlled trial” led by Doctor Dominika Kwasnicka, financed by the Foundation for Polish Science (PFN) (as part of the Homing program). Place of work: Wrocław, Poland. Application deadline: June 25, 2019

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Project Description

In Poland, 53.3% of the total population is overweight or obese and this number is rising. Overweight and obesity are preventable and there is an urgent need to help people lose weight and maintain weight loss in the long term to improve health and the quality of life. The aim of this study is to develop and test an online intervention to help people make sustainable changes in their diet, physical activity, and weight. The proposed study will test a two-arm adaptive within-person online intervention with participants (N=292), randomly assigned to an intervention arm or a wait list control arm. The intervention will apply evidence-based behavior change techniques and state-of-the-art tailoring principles. Key behavioral outcomes will be measured at baseline, 3- and 6-months, weight will be measured weekly in the intervention arm. Data will be analyzed using multilevel modelling. A national dissemination strategy of project outcomes will be developed with key partners and stakeholders.

Responsibilities:

  • Involvement in the project activities including but not limited to project design, preparation, piloting, implementation and evaluation
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection and entry
  • Liaising with project participants and international and national project partners
  • Participation in team research meetings
  • Data analysis and report, publication write-up

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Psychology or Health Sciences
  • Expertise and experience in conducting research and reporting

Language requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • Good command of Polish

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is a private higher education institution, which conducts research and offers programs of study with practical and academic profiles, in Warsaw, Wrocław, Sopot, Poznań, and Katowice.

SWPS University is among the most active research centers in Poland. Our academics have a real impact on the development of many disciplines of science, including economy and social policy. There are several research centers at SWPS University, which conduct interdisciplinary projects.
SWPS University employs over 700 people, including academics and administrative staff. We provide an excellent environment for professional development and we offer an extensive employee benefit package. We are a diverse team of professionals contributing to the body of knowledge, working together for the benefit of our students and the effective implementation of research into practice. Our teaching staff includes renowned scholars, successful experts in various fields, artists and representatives of the media.

We offer:

  • 23-month full time scholarship, preferably leading to a PhD degree
  • Gross salary PLN 4,500 per month (scholarship) plus PLN 2,100 in the form of  a doctoral scholarship from the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School
  • Employment term: 24 months from October 1, 2019.
  • Opportunity to work on an exciting project with a team of international researchers
  • Opportunity to participate in one international visit and at least one conference during the contract period
  • Opportunity to gain experience in research methodology and learning from an international team of experts

Required documents:

  • CV
  • Motivational letter

Please include the following clause on the processing of personal information on your CV: “I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process under the Personal Data Protection Act as of 29 August 1997, consolidated text: Journal of Laws 2016, item 922 as amended.”

Application process

Please submit the required documents by June 25, 2019 via the following FORM ».

The successful candidate shall assume job responsibilities on October 1, 2019.

The Recruitment Committee reserves the right to contact only the shortlisted candidates.

 

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