The position is available in the Systemic Change group, Industrial Design Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands.
It is a 2.5-year position intended to start May 1st 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
As a post-doc you will work within a team of researchers / designers / graduate students on a project related to design for dementia, Living Labs, co-design and work in collaboration with small-medium enterprises, care professionals and people living with dementia. Skills you will employ are related to empathy, user research, design, user experience design and field-evaluation of interactive systems in context of dementia. On top of that you will require adequate communication and organization skills.
The post-doc work will be closely linked to the Interreg program project Certification-D. while support in other projects might also be required. https://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/certification-d-certification-of-technological-products-for-people-with-dementia-to-support-smes-in-innovation-and-business-growth/
The aim of this position is to conduct research and fulfill project management activity in the context of the certification-D project. In this project we will set up a community based Living Lab, in collaboration with care organization Oktober and Vilans, and evaluate technology from SMEs that are interested to contribute to the lives of people living with dementia and their wider care network. In this Living Lab we want to work together with people living with dementia to ideate, design, evaluate and implement innovative design concepts. In addition, we will also work closely together with the companies and provide them with advice from a design and research perspective to improve their product offering.
Another aim is to write academic research papers related to the work conducted in this area and to support students and PhD candidates with their research as well.
Finally 20% (0,2 FTE) of your position will be dedicated to education, you will support full academic staff in teaching and the coaching of students in areas that are relevant to your field of expertise or the projects that you work in.
Candidates are expected to have advanced skills in ‘design and/or HCI in context of Health’, interaction design and/or design research, and we expect a relevant publication record and convincing portfolio of work.
The Postdoc will work on:
About TU/e, Industrial Design and the Systemic Change Group
TU/e is a leading international university specializing in Engineering Science & Technology. With high quality education and research, TU/e ensures the progress of technical sciences and the development of technological innovations. TU/e is located in a highly industrialized region in the Netherlands, known as the ‘Brainport’. This region is internationally recognized as a top technology area with a special focus on the integration of design and technology. The department of Industrial Design at TU/e is internationally recognized for its scientific research on the design of systems with emerging technologies in a societal context. We excel at the acquisition and execution of projects where “integration of emerging technology into everyday life” and “application of technology in a societal context” play a major role.
The Systemic Change cluster focuses on designing innovations that have impact on systemic structures and groups of people, ultimately aiming to address large-scale issues such as urban health, future mobility and sustainability. Field data is used in novel iterative and circular research-through-design processes involving strategic alliances of stakeholders.
We are looking for candidates who have
We are offering:
A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities, parental and maternity leave
More information about TU/e and the Industrial Design Department, can be found on https://www.tue.nl/en/. Candidates can get more information about this position from dr.ir. Rens Brankaert, phone +31(0)40 247 5648, e-mail: r.g.a.brankaert[at]tue.nl. If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact HR Services Industrial Design, tel. +31(0)40 247 5336, email: HR-IndustrialDesign[at]tue.nl.
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If you are interested, we invite you to apply immediately, and not later than 10th of April 2020. You can apply by pressing the “apply now” button for this vacancy. Applications per email are not accepted. Screening of candidates will commence immediately and will stop once a candidate has been found. We will do our best to deal with the current situation in the Netherlands, interviews might take place via Skype, end of March/April.