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5/15/2018
5/30/2018
PhD Position
Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France
SENS Laboratory
Academic Positions: All
$20,000 - $29,999
https://mobilair.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/

SUBJECT TITLE: INTERMOB: A behavioral intervention to promote active travel modes in urban context
LABORATORY’S NAME: SENS & PACTE
UNIVERSITY: GRENOBLE ALPES, FRANCE
SUPERVISOR’S NAME: AINA CHALABAEV (SENS), SARAH DUCHE (PACTE)
THESIS COMMITTEE (to be confirmed) : Sonia Chardonnel, Kamila Tabaka, Philippe Sarrazin, Sandrine Isoard-Gautheur, Jean-Philippe Heuze´, Julie Valle´e

SUBJECT DESCRITION:

Motorized mobility is a major cause of sedentarity and physical inactivity, and heavily contributes to air pollution. Despite its negative impacts on health, car use remains the norm in daily transport mainly because of the daily individual activity organizations and the spatial distribution of residences, workplaces and urban resources. The goal of the INTERMOB project is to develop and test an intervention aimed at changing travel behavior, and more particularly at reducing car use for more active transport modes, such as cycling and walking. The intervention will be theory-based, by including behavioral change techniques identified as efficient in contemporary models of behavior change issued from social and health psychology. In addition, it will take into account theoretical contributions from geography concerning mobility and accessibility issues. The intervention will also include incentives such as discounts for public transport and bicycle. Development of the intervention will follow the methodology of randomized controlled trials, by randomly assigning participants who use their car as their preferred travel mode in different intervention and control conditions.
Other specificities of this intervention will be to examine the long-term effects of the intervention and to include objective measurements of behavior change and environmental exposures. Specifically, the groups will be followed over two years. Time-space activity (GPS monitoring), physical activity (actimetry), living and mobility conditions, quality of life and motivational variables (questionnaires and interviews) will be assessed before, during and after the intervention period.

The INTERMOB project is part of MOBILAIR, a pluridisciplinary project which brings together economists, geographers, psychologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, and chemists from Univ. Grenoble Alpes, around the air pollution reduction question.

The recruited PhD student needs to have a strong background in psychology (sport psychology, social psychology, or health psychology) and more particularly in contemporary models of behavior change. The PhD student also needs to have a strong interest for urban mobility issues and will have to collaborate with PACTE team in order to integrate spatial indicators in the analysis. Methodological skills (randomized controlled trials, experimental and longitudinal designs), quantitative analysis skills, English-writing skills, and team-work skills are also expected.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicants:
- must hold a Master's degree (or be about to earn one) or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master's (5-year duration),

Applicants will have to send an application letter in English and attach:
- Their last diploma
- Their CV
- A motivation letter and a short presentation of their scientific project (2 to 3 pages max)
- Letters of recommendation are welcome.

Address to send their application: aina.chalabaev@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr ; sarah.duche@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr


SELECTION PROCESS
Application deadline: 30 May 2018 at 17:00 (CET) Applications will be evaluated through a three-step process:

  1. Eligibility check of applications in June 2018

  2. 1st round of selection: the applications will be evaluated by a Review Board in June 2018. Results will be

    given in June 2018.

  3. 2nd round of selection: shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview session in Grenoble in early

    July 2018.

TYPE of CONTRACT: temporary-3 years of doctoral contract
JOB STATUS: Full time
HOURS PER WEEK: 35
OFFER STARTING DATE: 1 October 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 May 2018
Salary: between 1768.55 € and 2100 € brut per month (depending on complementary activity or not)

Aina Chalabaev
476635081
Laboratoire SENS
Univ. Grenoble Alpes
Grenoble cedex 9, 38041
France
NOTE: The above information is provided by the employer. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. does not verify the accuracy of these statements.