PDEng trainee in Replication potential for Atlas Living Lab (V39.3659)

PDEng trainee in Replication potential for Atlas Living Lab

Fulltime 2-year trainee position in the PDEng program: Atlas Living Lab of Eindhoven University of Technology. We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in Living Labs, sustainability and intelligent lighting solutions. The candidate should have a MSc degree in Innovation Management, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Design, Construction Management and Engineering, or equivalent. This PDEng project focuses on the replication and upscaling potential of the Atlas Living Lab as well as specific innovations established within this setting.
Technologisch ontwerper in opleiding (PDEng trainee)
Faculteit Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences


Atlas Living Lab PDEng program

The Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program wants to contribute to the transition towards smart, intelligent and sustainable cities and buildings 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 stakeholders. 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, innovation and industrial engineering 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 Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences 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.

Ambition is to turn the Atlas Living Lab into a best practice for indoor Living Labs. This is done by the introduction of various sustainable and new-to-the-market innovations, such as the innovative climate facade, the intelligent light infrastructure, and the smart district heating system. All of these innovations contribute to making the Atlas Building safer, more comfortable, healthier and more energy-efficient. Moreover, Atlas Living Lab wants to become a leading demonstrator in the region by realizing 80% CO2 reduction. Consequently, the Atlas building offers a unique environment for research, with its large scale, its focus on sustainability, its place in the TU/e community, and its intelligent lighting infrastructure.  

The aim of the PDEng project will be twofold. First, to analyze how specific innovations, which are institutionalized within the Atlas Living Lab, might be deployed and scaled-up to a broader market setting. A solution direction to address multiple markets might be to develop a modular solution design in which some components of the developed innovations are widely applicable to a diverse set of markets and others need to be tailor-made. Second, emphasis within the PDeng project also lies on the replicability of the Living Lab as a best practice and development of its surrounding ecosystem. Living Labs can be considered as public-private-people partnerships in which not only users and producers, but also many other heterogeneous stakeholders such as firms, public agencies, universities, and knowledge institutes participate in the co-creation process of innovations (Leminen et al, 2012; Niitamo et al., 2006). Although these partnerships offer a lot of potential, Living Labs are still an emerging innovation concept that face multiple challenges. Commitment from the stakeholders in the ecosystem, participation of the users, realization of concrete solutions, creation of sustainability and long-term viability are just some of the main struggles for many Living Labs. Consequently, we need to identify the lessons learned from the process of developing the Atlas Living Lab and analyze how these lessons can be transformed into design principles for other Living Lab contexts.


  • Acess the replication and upscaling potential of innovations, through an analysis of economic, societal, and technical barriers for implementation from a use case perspective, and identify attractive markets for adoption.
  • Formulate innovative business models exhibiting high replication and upscaling potential.
  • Develop a replication model for the indoor Living Lab as a best practice as well as the development of its surrounding ecosystem.

The PDEng trainee will be embedded in the Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing group – https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/innovation-technology-entrepreneurship-marketing/  


We are looking for:

• An excellent and highly motivated candidate with an MSc degree in Innovation Management, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Design, Construction Management and Engineering, or equivalent. A strong interest in business aspects of Living Labs, including replication and upscaling, business modelling, innovation ecosystem development, and stakeholder involvement is essential.

• An academic attitude in order to develop new technologies and perform applied research with an integral view on what is needed for future sustainable buildings.

• An excellent command of English language, both in speaking and writing. Speaking or understanding Dutch will be considered as an added value.


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. Bruto salary: € 1865,-

Trainees are provided with their own work place in the building of the Department of IE&IS. 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 http://www.tue.nl/en/.

Informatie en sollicitatie

For questions about the project contact Sjoerd Romme (a.g.l.romme@tue.nl), Elke den Ouden (E.d.Ouden@tue.nl) or Myriam Cloodt (m.m.a.h.cloodt@tue.nl)

How to apply?

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 note that a maximum of 5 documents of each 2 MB each can be uploaded. If you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them.


The application deadline for this position is 31 January 2019. 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 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 beginning of March, 2019.


For more information on the program and our contact information, please check our website: www.tue.nl/sbc