PhD position dedicated to research on educating "engineers for the future&a (V32.2927)

PhD position dedicated to research on educating "engineers for the future&a

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
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Job description

The candidate will conduct research in relation to TU/e’s educational mission to educate engineers who are able to make significant and innovative contributions to society throughout their career. More precisely, the candidate will be involved in research related to the current and future redesign efforts of the USE program (USE - User, Society and Enterprise) in the Bachelor College. With the USE program TU/e aims for graduates who are aware of the impact that technological interventions and innovations have on the user, society and the enterprise, and who take this into account in their performance as engineers. The ambition of the USE program at TU/e is not just to have engineering students acquire knowledge from the humanities and social sciences but to have students feed this type of knowledge into their technological designs.

The overall research question for the PhD research trajectory is how USE can be appropriately (re-)designed and successfully integrated into an engineering curriculum. In this trajectory several challenges related to educating engineers for the future will need to be investigated, such as: integration of non-engineering or social science domains in engineering education; engaging a heterogeneous group of students; integration and assessment of skills in the program. The PhD-trajectory will take an educational design research approach.

The research will be conducted under the assignment of the TU/e Bachelor College and the 4TU Centre for Engineering Education, who sponsor the study. As such, it is expected that the candidate will present the research during activities organised by both gremia.

The candidate will be appointed at the Eindhoven School of Education (ESoE). This is the centre of expertise of Eindhoven University of Technology regarding the professional development of (student) teachers in the domain of science and engineering education, both in secondary and higher education. ESoE’s work focusses on teacher education, research on teacher professional development, innovation in schools and within the university itself. The candidate (and then study) will also be embedded in ICO, the national research school for educational research.

Job requirements

We are looking for candidates that meet the following requirements:

  • MSc in educational sciences and/or subject didactics (e.g. STEM, philosophy);
  • Knowledge of educational/curriculum design;
  • Experience with research methodologies in education, preferably educational design research;
  • Good communicative skills in English, both in speaking and in writing. Candidates should be prepared to prove their English language skills;
  • A good understanding the Dutch language would be an added value.

The PhD candidate is expected to:

  • Perform scientific research in the domain described;
  • Collaborate with other researchers in this project;
  • Publish results in leading scientific journals and conferences in the field;
  • Assist in guiding (project-related) MSc and BSc graduation projects.

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • full-time employment as a PhD-candidate for a period of 4 years;
  • annually 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year allowance;
  • support with the candidate’s personal development and career planning including courses, summer schools, conference visits, etc.;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, child care, moving expenses, savings schemes, coverage of costs of publishing the dissertation and excellent sports facilities).

Information and application



The application should include the following:

  • Cover letter explaining motivation and qualifications for the position;
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications;
  • Short description of Master thesis and other relevant projects;
  • Two references (scientific and work-related) would be an advantage;
  • A copy or a link to the candidate’s Master thesis (if not yet completed, an explanation of the current situation is needed).

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview at TU/e.

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