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Assistant Professor in Interaction Design for and with Emerging Technologies

Assistant Professor in Interaction Design for and with Emerging Technologies

Universitaire docent
Industrial Design


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
  • 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. For information about Future Everyday and their vacancy read further below. For more information about the Systemic Change group and their current opening click here.

“Future Everyday bridges the gap between emerging technologies and people’s everyday life.”

The Future Everyday cluster is a highly ambitious community of design researchers, concerned with understanding, exploring, and shaping an everyday life of individuals/small groups that encompasses the new reality of living and working, in spaces that are becoming more responsive, continuous and experiential in the future with emerging technologies. Currently, we focus on designing with technologies such as internet of things, wearables/soft things, small/local data, machine learning --- and designing for aesthetics in an everyday life with all the nuances and subtleties that are inherently dynamic, ever-changing and shaped by personal and collective values, needs and desires. We seek to better understand how to create the right conditions --- over time and space --- to allow human-technology relationships to grow and adapt to future situations.

Current qualities of the FE group:

  • Reputation in research through design, user engagement and digital craftsmanship
  • Track-record in conferences (CHI, DIS, TEI, IUI, EICS) and top-ranked Design and HCI journals
  • Ambitious research facilities for making, realizing and testing in the world’s most sustainable education building Atlas
  • Extensive experience in working together in interdisciplinary teams
  • Innovative and productive collaboration between education and research


To further strengthen these competences, FE is looking for researchers with a strong affinity with (interaction) design capable of creating/prototyping systems at the cross-section of the physical and digital divide using emerging technologies, e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and/or Smart Materials.

We are looking for aspiring assistant professors who will develop a research program in one or more of the following areas:

  • Novel forms of interaction for the healthcare domain
  • Applications of artificial intelligence and intelligent interactive systems in healthcare
  • Designing and crafting smart wearables
  • Adaptation, personalization and explainability of intelligent interactive systems  
  • Interest and experience in the making of design artefacts, samples and demonstrators.
  • Design of tangible and embodied interaction for the future everyday
  • Visual and physical analytics (data physicalisation) in health related applications

Other Requirements

  • PhD in industrial design, human-computer interaction or a comparable domain.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publication(s).
  • Ability and interest to teach, shown by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts. Experience in a competence-centred, self-directed and challenge-based learning program is a plus.
  • Creative and dedicated to (multidisciplinary) collaboration.
  • Good communication and leadership skills and willingness to utilize these in projects, working groups and committees.
  • Excellent proficiency (written and oral) in English.  
  • Experience in acquiring grants will strengthen your application.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department.
  • A Tenure Track of five years with the prospect of becoming Associate Professor. After a maximum of four years the tenure decision will be made. If you have a more senior profile, a tailor-made career proposal will be considered.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and valorization competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • 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. 

Informatie en sollicitatie

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Berry Eggen, group chair of the Future Everyday Group at j.h.eggen[at]

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact Sam van Kampen, HR Advisor Industrial Design, s.q.v.kampen[at]

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
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.
  • List of five self-selected ‘best publications’.
  • Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages).
  • Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages).

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it.
Screening will continue until the position has been filled.  

We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

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