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[TEACHING / JOB] Assistant Professor Interaction Design Prototyping, Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft

Job Title
Assistant Professor Interaction Design Prototyping

Faculty Profile
The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft offers the world’s largest university programme in design. Since it was founded in 1968, it has prepared 4500 designers. The faculty offers one bachelor degree and three master degrees and has a current total enrolment of around 2200 students.

Department Profile
The department of Industrial Design has more than 100 staff members, it houses the disciplines of ergonomics (human factors) and design (“formgiving”). The emphasis of both these disciplines is on the interaction between user and product. Key aspects are the expressiveness of products, usability and aesthetics, the meanings that product forms have for their users, and the place of design and designing in a socio-cultural context. The department incorporates the above elements into both research and education.

Section Profile
The vacant position is situated in the section Design Communication and Conceptualization. The research of the section aims to create design techniques for the early phase of design. The section takes part in the IDStudioLab; a multidisciplinary design research community of staff members, PhD candidates and MSc students promoting collaboration in studios, workshops and community activities. Projects in the IDStudioLab address the user’s senses, emotions, the product’s intelligence, and the designer’s inspiration. IDStudioLab members work on their own projects but share knowledge and expertise.

Position Description
The vacant position concerns the domain of involving technology in the early stages of the design process to create experiences of interactive products and services. Use of technology in this context requires an approach different from engineering where the focus is on eg. efficiency, optimization, reusability. In the context of design it is important to soften technology to make it suitable for quick creative interventions, sculpting the user’s experience and exploring design ideas live.

Key terms in this are:
• making interactive prototypes of experiential quality,
• educating design students in the skills, knowledge and attitude required for that,
• doing research on frameworks, techniques, and tools to support this.
The holder of the position is expected to be an expert in the above areas.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic colleague who will investigate and develop new applications, tools, and techniques in interactive prototyping. We provide a test-bed for these in education such as the master level course Interactive Technology Design (100 students) and in research in projects such as SuslabNWE.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong, externally funded research line in collaboration with other researchers in the faculty, and be committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Position requirements
o) A PhD-degree in design, interaction design, computer science, or related field; publications in this area.
o) At least 2 years relevant experience in practice of prototyping.

o) Proven experience in teaching interactive systems, and platforms such as Arduino, Max/MSP.
o) A pioneering mentality, who can deal with scientific and engineering challenges in close contact with industrial partners and who, through his or her research and teaching can inspire colleagues and students.
o) At ease in multidisciplinary work at the intersection between practice, education, and research.

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Position information
Faculty of Industrial Design engineering
Hours per week: 38 (1FTE)
Contract length: Tenure track (5 years)
Employment basis: 1 year (prolonged upon satisfactory operation)
Salary: min. 3227 euro, max. 4418 euro (gross monthly salaray full-time appointment)
Scale: 11
Contact: Full Professor Pieter Jan Stappers ( or Lecturer/Reseacher Aadjan van der Helm (

To apply, please submit your CV, certificates of degree, a covering letter (including motivation and contact details for 2 letters of reference), a preliminary research proposal, and a portfolio (if applicable) to J.M. Bierhuizen: (Phone: +31 15 2783029)

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect to become an associate or full professor, offers young talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit the Tenure Track website.

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the ‘IKA’). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

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