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Assistant Professor Information Visualisation

Assistant Professor Information Visualisation

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

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.


  • Motivated researcher, with a PhD in Design, HCI, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or other related disciplines.
  • 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. 


  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 11/12 (min. €3974 -  max. €6281).
  • 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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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact prof.dr. Panos Markopoulos p.markopoulos[at]

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Jolanda van der Sande, HR advisor, j.i.v.d.sande[at]

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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.