Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Smart Architectural Technologies (V38.3129)

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Smart Architectural Technologies

Aanstellingsfunctie(s)
Universitaire docent
Faculteiten
Faculteit Bouwkunde
Strategic areas
Health
FTE
1,0
Sluitdatum
18/02/2018
Aanvraagnummer
V38.3129

Functieomschrijving

Smart Technologies attract growing attention to provide an answer to contemporary societal challenges in relation to the construction industry by increasing the quality of the building, health conditions and wellbeing of occupants, as well as decreasing building costs and the environmental burden. However, the development and application of these emerging technologies in the design and construction of the built environment require an entirely new consideration of architectural design. In the research program of the chair of ‘Smart Architectural Technologies’ at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) we approach building as a socio-techno-spatial system and explore new building concepts and housing typologies, particularly healthcare-related buildings, which can lead the way forward and provide an opportunity to study and tackle the existing socio-technological challenges in their full complexity.

Two main focus areas are distinguished within the research ambition of the chair: ‘smart architecture’ (verified methods for exploring the means of integration of technology in architecture), and ‘humanized architecture’ (frameworks for developing novel typologies and evaluating the impact of smart architecture). Our challenge is to develop evidence-based design methods for future proof housing typologies that respond adequately to the needs of the occupant with affective empathy; an environment ‘feels’ what users need and enables them. Advanced technologies, such as IoT and robotics, play a key role in this process and will open up opportunities for architecture to be envisioned in an entirely different way. That's our focus, each and every day.

Of course, we don’t do this alone. The use of these emerging technologies in built environment introduces multidisciplinary technical challenges that need to be solved with various types of expertise. We have a multidisciplinary research group with strong collaborations within the industry and a dynamic team of PhD and PDEng students. This automatically offers novel possibilities for collaborations at departmental, university, national and international levels, with involvement of the TU/e chairs. Two examples of the ongoing interfaculty collaborations are our research project on ‘House as the carer’ with the Chair ‘Mixed-Signal Micro-Electronics’ (Faculty of Electrical Engineering), and the research project ‘House as a robot’ in collaboration with the chair Control Systems Technology (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering).

We are dealing with a new field which is expected to generate a major transformation in the built environment in the near future, with sufficient, but also challenging, funding opportunities. This requires extensive knowledge on (new) methodologies and technologies to achieve effective changes. It takes time to thoroughly investigate this phenomenon and to evaluate its impact over a large period.

To sharply define the question, we have started intense collaborations with industry and social partners in the research field. To validate the developed concepts and methods, the chair currently collaborates currently in seven Living Labs throughout the Netherlands.

The (Tenure Track) Assistant Professor in the field of ‘Smart architectural technologies’ will be responsible for the organization, implementation and coordination of (new) research activities in this multidisciplinary field and will play an important role in the collaborations between the different chairs, as well as building up a leading international position. Moreover, the candidate will be responsible for the (co-)supervision of PhD, PDEng- and Master students, collaboration with industry, acquiring external research funding and (co-)managing externally funded research projects. (S)He will also be motivating and teaching students and will develop new courses.

Training and coaching is provided for the Assistant Professor to accomplish all this.

Departmental Research Themes and University Strategic Areas

The Department of the Built Environment is an interesting, employer of international stature. Within the full range of research and design-related activities of the department, the unit Architectural and Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE) focusses on spatial design with an inevitable technical fundament. The chair of Smart Architectural Technologies, as a part of AUDE-Unit, strives to substantially contribute to the goals of the unit-wide research program ‘Living Cities’. Contemporary design and smart building technology require a coherent and complimentary profile.

The multidisciplinary character of the field of Smart Architectural Technologies provides a natural embedment in the three research themes of the Department of the Built Environment, which are Quality of Life (quality of building structures and health of constructions workers is improved), Smart Living Environment (architecture becomes more empathic), and Sustainable Transformation (smart architectural interventions can be applied to transform buildings from a human-centred perspective). In addition, the strategic areas of the TU/e are covered, which are Mobility (applying smart technologies such as domotics and robotics in neighbourhoods improve quality of life of the inhabitants), Health (occupants’ health is maintained /improved) and Energy (smart and circular design solutions and construction techniques require less energy).

Functie-eisen

  • The candidate holds an MSc degree in engineering and a PhD degree in the field of Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering or Building Technologies.
  • The candidate is a team player with good communications skills who can work within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as independently.
  • The candidate has at least 2 years of working experience in an academic environment (excluding the PhD period).
  • The candidate has demonstrated to have excellent research skills by means of publications in reputed journals and conference proceedings.
  • The candidate is able to guide and support PDEng trainees and PhD students.
  • The candidate has a proven track record in teaching and developing new education, which demonstrates excellence.
  • The candidate has affinity with healthcare and circularity within the built environment.
  • The candidate has to have knowledge on evidence-based research and multi-disciplinary methods.
  • The candidate has proven capabilities in the acquisition of research grants.
  • Hours: 38.0 hours per week

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university.

We offer a temporary appointment for five years in a 'development track'. The development track can lead to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming associate professor. This provides young and talented scientists with the opportunity to grow into an internationally acknowledged academic. Based upon performance indicators agreed upon at the start of your appointment, a decision will be made in the final year whether or not to offer you a permanent position.

We offer support to your professional and personal development. You will be enrolled into a program to acquire the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) within 3 years. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in the
 training Academic Leadership for Assistant Professors.

Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary is based on knowledge and experience and is at least € 3475 up to a max. of € 4757 gross per month (salary scale 11, CAO NU) at a fulltime appointment; plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year allowance. Besides that the TU/e provides an attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, child care and excellent sport facilities).

International candidates may be eligible to apply for the 30% facility (a tax free reimbursement of extraterritorial costs). Assistance for finding accommodation can be given.

Informatie en sollicitatie

Information

For more information, you can contact: prof.dr.ir. Masi Mohammadi (m.mohammadi@tue.nl)

Application

Please submit your application (max. 5 x 2 MB) using the Apply Now or Solliciteer Direct button on the TU/e website. Do not send your application by email.

Your application should consist of the following documents:
A cover letter explaining your motivation and qualifications for this position
A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications