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Post-doctoral researcher on Healthy Generation (V51.4192)

Post-doctoral researcher on Healthy Generation

We are looking for a full-time postdoc in the area of Data-enabled Design for active lifestyles among vulnerable youth. The position is available in the Systemic Change group, Industrial Design and the Urbanism group, Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands.
(Postdoctoraal) onderzoeker
Faculteit Industrial Design


Vital@2040 is a two-year multidisciplinary research project that aims to promote a physically, cognitive and socially active lifestyle among vulnerable children up to 12 years of age. The project explores how design, digital technologies, spatial and institutional aspects influence vulnerable groups and their environment and how to develop successful innovative interventions for this.

These interventions will be applied in three existing living labs in Utrecht and Eindhoven in which researchers collaborate with local networks of schools, sports clubs, welfare organizations, GGDs and GP practices.

The Vital@2040 project is funded by the Strategic Alliance of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Utrecht University (UU) and Utrecht University Medical Center (UMCU). Three Postdocs and other researchers will be appointed for the implementation of the project, spread over these institutes. The multidisciplinary research team is supported by a project coordinator and a program council and is provided with a common workspace where the research team can work on a regular basis.

This vacancy focuses on a Postdoc which will be appointed at the Department of Industrial Design and the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology. This Postdoc contributes to this project by conducting data-enabled design research on how digital technologies combined with active environment design, stimulate an active lifestyle of vulnerable children in an activating environment. The emphasis is on the question whether active environment design as well as digital innovations, interactive products and social commons are currently putting fundamental new challenges on the issues of structural behavioral change through sport and active lifestyles in ecologies around vulnerable groups.

The Postdoc carries out this subproject in coherence and coordination with the other subprojects in which interaction with the spatial and institutional environment is central. The multidisciplinary research team is jointly responsible for activities aimed at achieving social impact based on the research findings, publications on the topic of lifestyle among vulnerable children and proposals for follow-up research.

The Postdoc will work on:

  • conducting data-enabled design research in the perspective of the underdevelopment of an active lifestyle among vulnerable children;
  • integrating this perspective into a joint position paper and work plan with other researchers of the team;
  • contributing to the development of the living labs for research purposes and practical interventions;
  • contributing to the design and implementation of interventions in the living labs that take into account the interaction of lifestyle, active environment design and data-enabled design;
  • investigating the effects of these interventions;
  • writing publications and research proposals;
  • organizing activities aimed at promoting the social impact and practical relevance of the research.



We are looking for candidates who have

  • completed (or are about to complete) a PhD in Industrial Design, Design Research, Science and Technology Studies, Urban Planning or a closely related topic;
  • experience with various research methods;
  • demonstrable knowledge about data-enabled design on behavior;
  • experience with interdisciplinary research, preferably in relation to active lifestyle and health;
  • social skills that will fit working with children from vulnerable groups;
  • good communication skills; fluency in Dutch and English;
  • an open, entrepreneurial and flexible attitude;
  • good skills to operate in a multidisciplinary team, create interaction within the team and demonstrate its added value;
  • is willing to partially carry out work at several (lab) locations in Eindhoven and Utrecht.

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.

One of the focus research areas of the Urbanism chair is on healthy cities and specifically on active environment design and planning. Targeting on behavioural change towards an active, healthy lifestyle through a combination of digital technologies (nudging and gamification), active environment design (DUS planning and public space design) and place making (co-creation and socialization).

Since 2016 the Vitality Academy has been a cooperation in the area of vitality in the Strategic Alliance of UU, UMCU and TU/e. Activities of the Vitality Academy include the development of a Vitality Data Center in which research data is shared. Beside various educational activities are developed and executed such as a Global Masters Sports for Development and Summer School Vitality in the City. Involved researchers from the Vitality Academy integrate multiple disciplines in their teaching and research activities to increase the scientific and social impact of their work. More information Vital@2040 project builds on the existing collaboration of the Vitality Academy and contributes to the excellence of its research.


We are offering:

  • A full-time temporary appointment for a period of 2 years;
  • A gross monthly salary between € 2.972 and € 4.274 (on a full-time basis), depending on experience and knowledge;
  • A yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • A yearly end-of-year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities, parental and maternity leave).

Informatie en sollicitatie

More information about TU/e and the Industrial Design Department, can be found on

Further information about the project, if necessary, can be obtained from drs. M. van Beurden, Vitality Academy, m.v.beurden[at] If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact HR Services Industrial Design, +31(0)40 2475336, e-mail: HR-IndustrialDesign[at]

Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • a letter explaining your specific interest in the project
  • an extensive curriculum vitae.

Please note that you can upload one document with a maximum of 10 MB.

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before 5 January 2020. You can apply by pressing the “apply for this job” 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. Earlier applications thus are more likely to receive consideration.