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Assistant Professor Industrial Design

Assistant Professor Industrial Design

Universitaire docent
Irène Curie Fellowship
Industrial Design


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.

Job description of the 6 positions for Assistant Professor

1. Computational tools for the design of interactive IoT applications

We are looking for an assistant professor who will contribute to novel research in the design of Ubiquitous Computing, Physical Computing, and Internet of Things (IoT). Candidates are expected to develop a research program focusing on computational tools to support the design of technical prototypes that help demonstrate and evaluate novel interactive experiences, with systems that embed sensor technologies, machine perception and edge AI to support context awareness and multi-modal interaction. Candidates should have experience with developing and evaluating applications in a field-setting. This profile will contribute to developing further the department’s track record in design research, that relies on prototyping and deployment of advanced novel functional prototypes with emerging technologies in real-world contexts. The research will be expected to contribute to empirical studies and the development of computational platforms to support interaction design. Candidates should have a strong technical background, an interest in design research and relish working in multi-disciplinary teams that address societal challenges through design. Familiarity with quantitative evaluation methods will be appreciated.

Education: The candidate will contribute to teaching at bachelor’s and master’s level in topics related math data computing and human-computer interaction. A major part of the educational activities includes defining and supervising student design projects (bachelor and master’s level) in areas related to the above topics, and addressing some of the application domains most relevant to the department, e.g., healthcare, smart mobility, inclusive design, etc.

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2. AR and Digital Twins

The department of industrial design of the TU/e, seeks to hire an assistant professor with expertise in human-computer interaction/ interactive systems design, and with a specific emphasis in the areas of game design, augmented and extended reality, and digital twins. The candidate is expected to strengthen the department’s competence in machine learning and AI. This position is intended to strengthen the department’s research and education program regarding gameful design, educational technologies, digital and tangible games, where games and play are used to promote goals related to education, healthy living, or the energy transition. Familiarity with quantitative methods is expected.

Education: The candidate should enhance the competence of industrial design graduates in areas related to math data and computing and especially artificial intelligence, AR, and software prototyping. The candidate should demonstrate a keen interest on addressing societal challenges in a real-world context, to work closely with colleagues and stakeholders from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds and be ready to embrace a design oriented perspective.

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3. Design Aesthetics for Intelligent Interactive Systems

The department of industrial design seeks candidates for an assistant professor position with a curiosity and drive to combine design, technology, and aesthetics. The focus of this position is to co-develop a research and education program that critically explores and redefines the role of ‘beauty’ and aesthetics in designing with emerging technologies, new materials, societal challenges, and recent philosophies. This program explores topics such as uncertainty, agency, intentionality, and emergence in the context of designing and experiencing within intelligent systems (artificial-social-cultural-biological-natural). The candidate should have a strong track record in research through practice (design or art), creative thinking and sensitive making, and should have affinity towards collaborating in societal contexts and multi-disciplinary teams.

Education: The candidate shall contribute to courses at bachelor’s and master’s level in related topics within the expertise area of creativity and aesthetics, with a preferred focus on sustainability and artificial intelligence.

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4. Designing for and with Communities

We are looking for an assistant professor who will be working on the boundaries of Sociology, Social Psychology, Design Research and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). In particular, this position aims to research and design novel approaches to achieve societal change through building communities and supporting grassroots initiatives and citizen science. The research programme should contribute to our understanding of how to create viable communities, how to sustain them, and how to design for engaging groups and communities in collective action.

The candidate is expected to conduct their research across different large societal challenges, such as climate change, healthcare, and inclusive societies. 

The candidate ideally has a background in social science, HCI, Computer-supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) and/or design, should be comfortable with quantitative research methods and is with designing, deploying, and evaluating design interventions in their research. Affinity with interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary work is evaluated positively, as the aim of this position is to bridge between different fields of research. 

Education: The candidate shall contribute to courses at bachelor’s and master’s level in topics such as human-computer interaction, human-centred design, participatory design and quantitative research and evaluation methods. Educational activities involve defining and supervising student design projects in areas related to the above topics, and addressing some of the application domains most relevant to the department, e.g., healthcare, sustainability, smart mobility, inclusive design, etc.

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5. Information Visualisation

Research: You have a design focus on data interaction and information visualization, a keen sense of data quality and meaningful interactions with data. In Industrial Design, we look for effective and aesthetic ways of presenting large-scale, complex data to diverse audiences and to support various types of users. This could mean supporting professionals in complex tasks using high-dimensional data streams, personal health informatics using on-body sensing, analytics for contemporary learning environments, or even public information visualization for civic engagement. In addition, we focus on how data evolves and changes, and how our understanding and sense-making such data will be dynamic, adaptive and evolving over time. This means interactive qualities of the data interaction allows for agency and active roles in the interpretation of data in context. You will develop novel concepts and applications, and related design methodology and technologies to support the application of data analytics in different application domains. You are familiar with current data visualization and interaction technologies and you have the ambition and track record of contributing to the development of tools, methods and theory to guide and inspire designers in this field, connecting to design methodologies such as data-driven design and data-enabled design.

 Education: You will contribute to our educational expertise in the areas of “Math, Data & Computing”, and “Creativity & Aesthetics” through courses at bachelor’s and master’s level in topics related to data and information visualization, generative design, designing with data, and data analytics. Furthermore, education will involve the definition and coaching of student projects at bachelor’s and master’s level, and our post-graduate programs.

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6. Patient-Centred Design for Future Healthcare

Research: We seek candidates who can strengthen the department’s research in the design for healthcare, and more specifically research into novel medical appliances. Once on board, candidates are expected to develop a research through design program that will explore physical devices and systems to enable the emerging vision of digital twins in healthcare. Candidates should possess strong making skills and should have already demonstrated the ability to contribute from a design perspective to the creation of innovative solutions in healthcare. The candidates will be expected to take part and establish structural research collaborations with clinical researchers and health providers in the region and beyond, to pursue research ambitious research goals in a multi-party and multi-disciplinary context. The candidate should have a track record in industrial design, and especially research through design, and be able to work closely with experts in the medical and engineering fields.

Education. Candidate should be able to contribute directly and have the potential to lead aspects of our bachelor and masters’ programmes and coach student projects, with a focus on topics related to manufacturing techniques, prototyping, creativity and aesthetics and technology and realization.

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  • Motivated researcher, with a PhD in Design, HCI, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or other related disciplines. (position 1,2,3,5 and 6)
  • Motivated researcher, with a PhD in Design, Psychology, Sociology or other related disciplines (position 4)
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, reflected in demonstratable outputs.
  • Motivated to teach, contribute to teaching processes, and to develop excellent teaching skills.
  • Strong cooperation skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Effective communication and leadership skills, including coaching and mentoring of students and staff, leading a project or chairing a group.
  • Excellent (written and verbal) proficiency in English. 


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:

  • A Tenure Track of five years with the prospect of becoming an Associate Professor. If you have a more senior profile, a tailor-made career proposal will be considered.
  • 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, scale 11/12 (min. €3974 -  max. €6181).
  • 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.

Informatie en sollicitatie

About us

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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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the link under the vacancy text (DO NOT USE THE APPLY BUTTON on top or below!!!)

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.