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Industrial Design Labs Coordinator

Industrial Design Labs Coordinator

Organizing and coordinate the Industrial Design Labs to support multi-disciplinary research
Non academic staff (supporting staff)
Industrial Design
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Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e): Where innovation starts, and people matter! TU/e is a young university, founded in 1956 by industry, local government and academia. Today, this spirit of collaboration is still at the heart of the university community. We foster an open culture where everyone feels free to exchange ideas and take initiatives.
TU/e offers academic education that is driven by fundamental and applied research. Our educational philosophy is based on personal attention and room for individual ambitions and talents. Our research meets the highest international standards of quality. We push the limits of science, which puts us at the forefront of rapidly emerging areas of research. 
Eindhoven University of Technology combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on mentality. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. We understand things by making them and we make things by understanding them.
Our campus is in the center of one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world: Brainport Eindhoven. Globally, we stand out when it comes to collaborating with advanced industries.
Together with other institutions, we form a thriving ecosystem with one common aim – to improve quality of life through sustainable innovations. The TU/e puts emphasis on knowledge valorization: research results are translated into successful innovations and serve as a basis for creating new products, processes and enterprises.

The 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 and 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.

The ID Labs support researchers and students with their research and educational activities. It consists of multiple laboratories: Generic Make-Labs, Specific Make-Labs and Research Labs. The department has the ambition to transition the labs in an even more research oriented direction. To guide and accelerate this transition the department of Industrial Design is looking for an ID Labs Coordinator.


  • Develop and implement a vision on the organization of the Industrial Design Labs, in close collaboration with the research and lab staff.
  • Together with the lab support team provide research support for the multidisciplinary research of the Industrial Design staff and students, through support for experimenting, prototyping and making.
  • Organize the support to Industrial Design education in the most efficient way.
  • Develop a flexible way of cooperation between the diverse labs.
  • Lead the team of 6 lab support experts, and additional student assistants and interns.
  • Develop a good relation with the Industrial Design scientific staff to keep track of their research support needs.
  • Represent the ID labs in the larger TU/e context (and beyond) and utilize possibilities for collaborations with other departments, facilities, or industry.
  • Ensure the research support of the ID Labs stays up to date with current and future needs.
  • Health and Safety in the ID Labs.
  • Maintain contacts with internal services, suppliers, and end-users.
  • Active participation in acquiring new equipment.
  • Make the yearly budget and investment plan proposal.

Job requirements

To be successful in this position we are looking for the following qualities:

  • At least a Bachelor degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience with working in and / or organizing of (research) labs.
  • Strong organizational skills, preferably developed in a large and complex organization.
  • Interested in supporting researchers, PhD and Master students.
  • Experience with hands-on making and prototyping processes.
  • Believe in working in a multi-disciplinary way.
  • Broad general knowledge of technology and willingness to keep up to date with the latest technologies.
  • Strong communication skills and command of the English language.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University, where you can support the very diverse and always creative projects of the Industrial Design staff and students.
  • Full time position, 0,8 fte is up for discussion.
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

For information about this position, please contact Jos Hermus, Managing Director of the Industrial Design department, email j.hermus[at]

For information concerning employment conditions, click here or contact Industrial Design HR, at[at]

Applications and interview process

Please send your application via the apply-now button and upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter describing your qualifications and motivation for this position.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.

Review of applications will take place in week 36. First interviews will take place in week 38 and 39 on Mondays. If applicable a second interview will take place in week 40.