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Assistant Professor of the chair Architectural Design and Engineering (V38.3986)

Assistant Professor of the chair Architectural Design and Engineering

The unit consists of five chairs: Architectural Design and Engineering, Urbanism and Urban Architecture, Rational Architecture, Architectural History and Theory and Smart Architectural Technologies.
Assistant Professor
Department of the Built Environment
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Job description

Within all the ambitions nursed by the AUDE unit as a whole the chair ADE focuses on teaching and research with reference to the design, production and engineering of the built object. The creative tension between technical and artistic ends forms a vital impulse in architectural design, determining the expression of detail, material and structure. At the same time the resultant form of the building is hardly autonomous, it is to a large extent determined by the constructive properties, the functional requirements and scenographic possibilities of the program.

An important focus within the chair is the development of teaching and research programs specifically concerned with the “making” of architecture: how to translate an architectural concept into a tangible building.

Spatial design forms the mainstay of architectural research; at the same time the act of designing itself forms an analytical means for research; research by design thus becomes an effective tool in the exploration, evaluation and interpretation of the spatial event. The systematic exploration of the methodological scope of research by design constitutes a cherished ambition of the chair. If architectural design and its translation into materialised architectures form the basic focus of the chair ADE, its actual priorities are to place these interests within the urgent concerns of sustainable design, circularity, shifting typologies and emerging technologies and materialities as 3DCP and their influence upon the built environment.


The assistant professor will contribute both to the teaching, the research and the organisation of the chair ADE and the AUDE Unit.

As far as teaching is concerned the successful candidate will take on curricular subjects but also participate in design studio during the bachelor and master phases of the curriculum. The candidate will be expected to evaluate and renew parts of the curriculum.

With regard to research the successful candidate will be expected to initiate and contribute to the chair’s ambitions with regard to research and the academic exploration of research by design. Furthermore the candidate is expected to initiate cross-over research with other Units of the faculty. The research activities will be subsumed under the research program of the Unit called “Living Cities”. The assistant professor may be invited to participate in the various deliberative bodies of the unit, the faculty and the university.

Job requirements

The successful candidate:

  • Has a graduate degree in architecture;
  • Has completed a PhD in a subject that is relevant to this function, with a focus on the engineering part of the architectural design and/or building technologies.
  • Holds preferably a PhD in a subject regarding emerging technologies and novel materialities in relation to architectural design
  • Has demonstrated a special interest in research by design.
  • Has practical experience within the field of architectural design;
  • Has a clearly articulated view of the meaning of architectural design within both a professional and an academic context;
  • Has a demonstrable interest in the reciprocity of technology and design;
  • Has demonstrable educational skills;
  • Participates in a relevant academic and societal network, preferably on an international level and has relevant publications in ISI journals.
  • Is a team-player;
  • Has adequate communication skills, both in the spoken and the written word;
  • Speaks and writes English fluently.
  • Is willing to move to Eindhoven or the Eindhoven region.        

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary appointment for 5 days a week (1,0 fte) for five years in a 'development track' (tenure track) in a dynamic and ambitious university.

The development track can lead to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming associate professor. This track provides young and talented scientists with the opportunity to grow into an internationally acknowledged academic. Based upon performance indicators (appointment criteria) agreed on at the start of your appointment, and a positive advices of the appointment advisory committee, a decision will be made in the final year whether or not to offer you a permanent (tenured) position.

We offer support to your professional and personal development. You will be enrolled into a program to acquire the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) within 3 years. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in the training Academic Leadership for Assistant Professors.

Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary is based on knowledge and experience and is at least € 3, 637 up to a max. of

€ 4,978 gross per month (salary scale 11) at a fulltime appointment; plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year allowance.

Besides that the TU/e provides an attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, child care and excellent sport facilities).

Candidates moving to the Netherlands from abroad may qualify for a tax incentive scheme, where 30% of your income is tax free for a (maximum) period of five years. (Click here for more information).

TU/e actively facilitates career opportunities for partners and has offers several spouse programs.

If a female candidate is selected for this position, she will become an Irène Curie Fellow in which case the following additional conditions apply.

If no suitable candidate is found before September 1st, this vacancy will be re-opened as a vacancy within the Irène Curie Fellowship.

Information and application

More information about this position can be obtained from: Juliette Bekkering (j.d.bekkering[a] (Chair ADE Group) as well from Dr. Torsten Schröder (T.W.A.Schroeder[a] (until 19th July and from 15th of August to 31st August).

For more general information please contact: Jelmer Sieben, HR-department (j.m.sieben[a] (as of August)

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before September 1, 2019 online by using the button ‘apply now’ at the top of this page. The application must include a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, sample copies of publications and design portfolio.

The TU/e strives towards a diversified workforce at all function levels. Part of this endeavor is to appoint more talented women to scientific positions.