Two Post-docs in Sensing, Behaviour Modelling and Visualisation

Delft University of Technology - Industrial Design Engineering

Industrial Design Engineering
The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is world-leading in design education and research, integrating design knowledge about people, technology and business into solutions that are desirable, feasible and viable. The Faculty consists of 25 full Professors, 120 faculty members, 120 PhD students and about 2000 Bachelor and Master students. At IDE we believe that by creating insights into people and society, and by developing foresights on how technology can improve our future, we enable designers to be inspirational yet realistic leaders that can move the needle towards a better future.

The Department of Design Engineering aims at exploring and disseminating new research knowledge to the international scientific community as well as to its educational programmes at the bachelor, master and PhD levels. The focus is on incorporating new developments in materials and materials processing with hardware, software and cyberware technologies into products and services. Integration of expertise domains such as emerging materials, advanced mechatronics, Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems and digital manufacturing with sustainability and circular economy considerations raises complexities that are addressed with regards to both systems and processes.

Job description
The Design Engineering Department has openings for postdoctoral researchers in two projects:

Project 1 - Sensor-Based Human Behaviour Modelling for Wheelchair Users:
The goal of this project is to develop methods and tools for understanding the relationship between physical activity and wellbeing of wheelchair users. The researcher’s role is to develop a mobile sensing infrastructure for wheelchairs, to collect and analyse data from wheelchair users, and to model human and wheelchair behaviour. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research environment with computer scientists, designers, human-computer interaction researchers and health experts.

Project 2 - Smart Lighting and Data Visualisation for a Smart Bridge:
This goal of this project to develop a public lighting and visualisation infrastructure for a sensor-augmented, 3D-printed pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam. The researcher’s role is to develop and install an LED lighting infrastructure on the bridge and to design a lighting scheme to visualize the bridge’s dynamic behaviour from live sensor data. This project is a collaboration between MX3D, Autodesk, TU Delft and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions. The researcher will work in close collaboration with industrial engineers, data scientists and designers. Place of work is Delft and Amsterdam.

Both positions are initially limited to 1 year, with possibility of extension. Successful postdocs will be able to qualify for future tenure-track positions.


  • PhD degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related disciplines,
  • Excellent publication track record,
  • Relevant research experience,
  • Strong analytical and development skills,
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken),
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment.

Conditions of employment
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation and benefit package, including a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare, before- and after-school care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Gerd Kortuem, phone: +31 (0)6 87197401, e-mail: To apply, please send a detailed CV along with a letter of application (please include date of availability), a research statement (max. two pages), names and contact information of three references to Sara Bedin, Screening of applications will begin after December 10, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATIO-0734.