The Leading a Sustainability Transition in Nutrition Globally (LASTING) project is a new, 4.5 year, transdisciplinary effort focused on addressing major gaps in sustainable diets research and policy.
Dr. Sean Cash will serve as the primary mentor for the Postdoctoral Scholar, who will also work with the other LASTING investigators (Drs. Nicole Tichenor Blackstone, Nicola McKeown, Patrick Webb, and Fang Fang Zhang) and collaborators elsewhere. The Postdoctoral Scholar has a unique opportunity to work with our interdisciplinary team to develop and implement methods for comparing expert and consumer priorities regarding both holistic metrics of food sustainability and also acceptance of new food technologies. These metrics will encompass impacts on population health, environment, economy, and society. Additionally, the Postdoctoral Scholar will work with social scientists and modelers on the team to weight and compellingly visualize the holistic sustainability impacts of diet shifts in the US population. Overall, the Postdoctoral Scholar will work with a transdisciplinary team, including food systems scientists, nutrition epidemiologists, statisticians/modelers, and economists, and will be part of a cohort of postdoctoral scholars working on sustainable diets. Key responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Scholar will include:
Designing and collecting primary data through expert elicitation (e.g., Delphi methods) and consumer experiments (e.g., best-worst scaling, discrete choice experiments)
Contributing economic components to integrated models of dietary behavior and impacts
Conducting data analysis, evaluation and interpretation of model results
Developing grant proposals to support research efforts
Developing peer-reviewed publications, and abstracts for presenting research findings internally and at scientific meetings
Synthesizing findings to support research efforts
Supervising graduate student and intern projects related to economic components and research translation
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