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Assistant/associate Professor Impact of designing for societies (ID)

Assistant/associate Professor Impact of designing for societies (ID)

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
Industrial Design
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Job description

Department of Industrial Design (ID) is one of the nine departments of TU/e and has an internationally leading position because of its core commitment to research through design (RtD) and its strikingly original conceptual work. ID’s ambition is to be recognized as one of the top departments in the world that conduct exciting research in the intersection of Design, Technology, Human-Computer Interaction, and Social Sciences and Humanities. In particular, the department aims to inspire and educate a new generation of design engineers who can contribute with their novel designs, their fluency in AI/ML algorithms and data, and their academic critical questioning, to the imminent and complex societal challenges our world is facing nowadays.

The ID education program is competence-centered, self-directed and challenged-based. ID focuses on educating students to design through five different perspectives (called Expertise Areas), through core courses and electives:

  • Math, data and computing;
  • User and society;
  • Technology and realization;
  • Business and entrepreneurship;
  • Creativity and aesthetics.

Students also learn to make connections between the different perspectives within project groups called squads. In addition, the ID education curriculum encourages and empowers students to take the ownership of their personal and professional development.  Supported by their academic coaches, through ID curriculum and their personal, industrial and research projects, students develop a unique competence of designing and related design approaches individually. Next to self-directed learning and competence development, the educational model of ID is challenge-based. ID students work together on challenging and authentic projects in which multiple perspectives or disciplines are incorporated to solve the challenge (for example by working within interdisciplinary groups) using an entrepreneurial mindset.

At the Industrial Design department we have two research groups: Systemic Change and Future Everyday.

Job description

As an Assistant / Associate Professor you will contribute to the department through both research and education.

Research: You have experience in working in cross and transdisciplinary settings. You have a strong affinity towards establishing and understanding the impact of new methods and technologies in a societal context, as well as the design process itself. You are interested to contribute to advancing methodologies regarding data driven or data enabled-design, and especially towards conducting longitudinal studies to establish the long-term (and lasting) effects of products and services we design. You are able to contribute to research and education on (some of) the following topics:

  • New approaches, methods, tools and theories to understand how design can contribute towards systemic change;
  • Designing and deploying interactive systems with emerging technologies in multi-stakeholder settings;
  • Investigating and shaping the role of socio-technical systems in support of transforming society;
  • Evaluating interventions for systemic change, transformation and transition;
  • Designing for ethics and co-responsibility in a growing digitalized environment;
  • Aesthetics in complex socio-technical systems, e.g., aesthetics of transaction, of becoming, of complexity, of transforming organizations and practices;
  • Design for empowering vulnerable individuals and societal groups.

Education: You will contribute to our educational expertise in Business & Entrepreneurship, and User & Society through courses at bachelor’s and master’s level. 

Job requirements

  • Motivated researcher, with a PhD in Design, HCI, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or other related disciplines;
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, reflected by demonstratable products;
  • Ability to teach, shown by experience or assistance in teaching. Informed vision on teaching and learning in your own discipline;
  • Strong cooperation skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team;
  • Effective communication and leadership skills, including coaching and mentoring of students and staff or leading a project;
  • Excellent proficiency (written and verbal) in English;  
  • Experience in acquiring grants will strengthen your application.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • A Tenure Track of five years with the prospect of becoming Associate Professor. If you have a more senior profile, a tailor-made career proposal will be considered;
  • The opportunity to focus your career on education, research, or impact. You can develop your personal ambitions and objections within the strategic objectives of the university;
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 11-12 (min. €3.821,- max. €5.943,-) for Assistant Professors and 13-14 for Associate Professors (min. €5.294,- max. €7.079,-);
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%;
  • A dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • High-quality training programs for academic leadership and teaching;
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities;
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs;
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as is a tax compensation scheme (the 30% Facility) and Partner Career Support.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-5-position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the prof.dr. Lin-Lin Chen, Dean Industrial Design, l.chen[at]

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the terms of employment. You can also contact Hella Ploegmakers, Recruiter, h.a.m.ploegmakers[at] or +31 648188323.

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We invite you to submit a complete application. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position;
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references;
  • Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages);
  • Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages).

The vacancy will close September 20th. CV screening will take place until September 30th. Interviews will take place in October and November, on Monday afternoons or Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Job offers are expected to be sent in December and January.