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Full Professor in Building Lighting

Full Professor in Building Lighting

Are you a thought leader in the field of Building Lighting and do you have a strong international reputation within this field? Are you passionate about research, education, and cross-over collaborations with other subdisciplines?
Irène Curie Fellowship
Built Environment
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Job description

With your strong academic background, you are able to demonstrate your excellence in the field of Building Lighting.

The unit Building Physics and Services comprises six main focus areas, namely: Building Acoustics, Building Lighting, Building Materials, Building Performance, Building Physics, and Building Services. Together they constitute the Building Physics and Services research program, with an outstanding international reputation.

The Building Lighting group members are actively involved in the TU/e Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI), a multidisciplinary team of approximately fifty people working on the development of new concepts for interactive lighting solutions, as well as the requisite technology.

Within its academic field the main responsibility of the Building Lighting research group in research and education is the seamless integration of lighting in the building design, aiming for healthy, comfortable and sustainable buildings. Current research by the assistant professors of the Building Lighting group mainly focuses on the impact of light on building occupants addressing both image-forming and non-image-forming responses to light, and the translation of these research results into design recommendations. A wide range of research methodologies are applied (e.g., computer simulations, sensor technologies, experience sampling, analytical data analyses, (field) experiments involving human subjects).

As a Full Professor, you will have complementary research expertise. Possible research directions could include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing (predictive) light simulation models that support lighting designers.
  • Sensing and controlling functionalities within smart lighting solutions (indoor and outdoor).
  • Artificial intelligence and big data analysis.
  • Sustainable, energy-efficient, and circular lighting.

Moreover, in the spirit of the Department, you are going to initiate and maintain cross-over collaborations with the other subdisciplines in the department to leverage the impact of such collaborations on societal challenges, both in education and research. Collaborations with other departments, for example via the TU/e institutes, and with industrial partners are encouraged.

You will be allocated in the unit Building Physics and Services (BPS) and you are expected to force ties with the existing academic staff within the unit BPS, including, but not limited to, the two assistant professors currently employed in the Building Lighting research group. As a professor you are using your leadership skills to excel in supporting the development of talent, considering differences between disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds that come with an internationally oriented university. Finally, apart from research and education, you will share responsibility for the management of the department by involvement in the unit BPS strategy and managerial tasks in the department.

Job requirements

  • Motivated and ambitious researcher in Building Lighting, with the ability to conduct high quality academic research that is demonstrated by a relevant PhD thesis and publications in high impact journals.
  • A strong international reputation in the field of Building Lighting.
  • Strong collaboration skills and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, aimed at developing people and creating synergy.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills for managing professionals in his/her own research group and the overarching disciplinary unit.
  • Personal experience with acquiring external research funding from (inter-) national funding bodies or industry.
  • Extensive education experience and proven didactic skills at both undergraduate and graduate level and experience in successfully supervising PhD candidates and mentoring early career scientists.
  • Excellent (written and verbal) proficiency in English, the teaching language at TU/e.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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 are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and partner career support.

Information and application

About TU/e

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-five 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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About the Department

The Department of the Built Environment houses a unique wide spectrum of disciplinary knowledge in the fields of architecture, urban planning and building technology (e.g., structural design, building physics, materials technology and building information modelling). We act at various levels of scale, from materials to buildings to cities and pay attention to the impact of design and technology on humans. This diversity profiles us, and we cherish it. Our mission is to educate students and advance science and technology from the perspective of the built environment and for the benefit of humanity. We integrate teaching, research and design in one educational program to empower students to become thought leaders, to (re)shape cities and the construction industry beyond the limits of the current imagination.

The department employs about 260 academic staff members, including approximately 190 PhDs, EngDs, and Postdocs, organized in disciplinary units. Scientists within the units are encouraged to team up over the borders of their own field of expertise in cross-disciplinary research and education on the themes: energy transition, sustainability, and inclusiveness. Through cooperation with other departments in the TU/e institutes on Lighting (ILI), Artificial Intelligence (EAISI), and the self-founded Urban Development Initiative (UDI), we create new ecosystems with governmental agencies and industry and thereby contribute to a healthy, sustainable and inclusive built environment.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Maarten Hornikx, Vice Dean of the department Building Environment via m.c.j.hornikx[at]

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Sander Burgmans, Senior Recruiter via s.burgmans[at] or +31 6 21 70 37 89.

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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).

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.