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PDEng trainee Advanced sensing of structural behaviour (V38.4247)

PDEng trainee Advanced sensing of structural behaviour

Fulltime, two year trainee position at the PDEng program Smart Buildings & Cities of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Technologisch ontwerper in opleiding (PDEng trainee)
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Fulltime, two year trainee position at the PDEng program ‘Smart Buildings & Cities’ of the Eindhoven University of Technology. We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in the built environment and an MSc degree in Civil or Building Engineering, Building Science, Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or equivalent.

Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program

The Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program wants to contribute to the transition towards smart, intelligent and sustainable cities where quality of life is high. This transition requires new solutions which can only be created through multiscale and transdisciplinary (design) approaches. This requires technical designers who are able to work in a multidisciplinary environment and know how to communicate with different disciplines and stake holders. This PDEng program educates trainees to become those technical designers! Please note that this program is about technological design, i.e., the process of solving problems by means of a technological design, this in contrast to (PhD) research, which is the process of understanding problems.

After the two year program our trainees become technical designers with a broad technological understanding of the disciplines relevant to the above mentioned smart cities themes (architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, building physics and services and ICT), who excel in their own discipline and who are able to work in multidisciplinary design teams, contribute to design issues outside their own core disciplines, integrate different technologies into new products and concepts, and who understand the commercial aspects of these innovative products and concepts.

Job description

The Department of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology offers you a trainee position to follow a two-year post-master technological designer program, which leads to the degree of ‘Professional Doctorate in Engineering’ (PDEng). The program consists of two main parts running in parallel:

- Half of the program consists of post-master level education in the form of generic design projects and courses about design methods, entrepreneurship and professional skills. Furthermore, it includes several technical courses about topics relevant to SB&C. This part of the program also offers ample opportunity to develop professional skills.

- The other half of the program is dedicated to an individual design project in collaboration with a company. It is the trainee’s main responsibility to manage and execute the project. Each trainee is supported by an advisor from the company and an advisor from the university. A business plan for implementation or marketing of the designed product or process is part of the final deliverables.

The company design project related to this traineeship is described below.


The company assignment is related to the realization of a 3D printed bridge, which is structurally optimized in terms of material usage. The goal is to develop a fit-for-purpose non-destructive measurement program to monitor the structural behaviour in 3D printed concrete bridges. The selected sensing techniques will be calibrated by experimental research. The results will then be applied in practice, where a 3D printed bridge will be subjected to the measurement program.

The PDEng trainee will be embedded in the research group 3D concrete printing – The PDEng trainee will closely collaborate with a second trainee in this project. For questions about the project contact dr. ir. R.J.M. (Rob) Wolfs.


Who can apply?

We are looking for

• an excellent and highly motivated candidate with an MSc degree in Civil or Building Engineering, Building Science, Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or equivalent. Affinity with digital manufacturing processes (e.g. 3D concrete printing, additive manufacturing) and non-destructive experimental research for applications in the built environment is essential.

• an interest in developing new sustainability design strategies for the built environment.

• an academic attitude in order to perform applied design research with an integral view on what is needed for the future built environment.

• an excellent command of the English language, both in speaking and writing.



What do we provide?

We offer a fulltime traineeship of two years. The traineeship is a formal employment at the Eindhoven University of Technology according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Trainees receive a financial compensation according to this standard. Gross monthly salary: € 1913,-

Trainees are provided with their own work place in the building of the Department of the Built Environment. The university provides all general modern facilities belonging to first class universities; mediation in housing, excellent sports facilities, language courses, modern digital library facilities etc. For more information please visit

Informatie en sollicitatie

How to apply?

You can respond to this vacancy via our application page by clicking on the button "Solliciteer op deze vacature / Apply for this job". We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

We would like to receive the following five documents (in Pdf format):

1. Maximum two page letter of motivation

2. Maximum three page curriculum vitae

3. Copies of relevant BSc and MSc diplomas with transcripts + copies of English proficiency tests scores such as IELTS or TOEFL

4. Copy (or a most recent draft version) of your MSc thesis

5. At least two names with contact details (preferably e-mail) of people whom we may contact for more information about you and your thesis, or last professional work.

Please do not upload documents larger than 2MB, so if necessary reduce the resolution of your documents.

Language requirements

  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 21 for each component and a minimum total score of 90 (online test);
  • IELTS (academic level): a minimum score of 6.0 for each component and a minimum band score of 6.5;
  • minimum C score for University of Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.


The application deadline for this position is February 1, 2020. After this deadline the high potential candidates will be shortlisted. These candidates will be invited for a second selection round. In this second round the candidates are requested to send a small assignment (max. 2-3 pages). After this round the most promising candidates are invited for an interview with a selection committee. The invited candidates will be asked to prepare a short presentation motivating their interest in the project and PDEng program. After all interviews are conducted, the selection committee will decide who will be offered the trainee position.

Our aim is to inform the candidate of our final decision no later than one month after the application deadline.


For more information on the program and our contact information, please check our website: