Assistant Professor / Tenure Track Position Designing and Evaluating Preventive Healthcare Interventions

Department/faculty: Faculty Industrial Design Engineering
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 32-40 hours weekly
Contract: Tenure track
Salary: 3475 - 5405 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Industrial Design Engineering

The faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is the largest and broadest scientific design institute in the world, with over 2,000 students, more than 6,000 alumni and 300 staff (researchers and lecturers, including designers from industrial practice). The faculty aims to contribute to a better living environment and respond to social challenges by combining human values and desires with technological feasibility and economic viability. We are excellently placed to do so, as we ground design methods and skills in scientific knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, leading to concrete solutions.

 A tenure track position for Assistant Professor is offered within the department of Industrial Design (ID). The department ID is recognized as an international leader in design research and was ranked excellent by an international review panel in 2015. Our research and education focusing on topics like design for happiness, prototyping in design thinking, design aesthetics, future interactions, ergonomics and social design. The department also houses the ID-StudioLab, a unique interdisciplinary design research community that facilitates design-driven research and education. We believe that a professional designer needs scientific knowledge and the skills to use systematic methods, techniques and tools. We teach future designers to conceptualize products and services that are understandable and stimulate meaningful experiences. We develop and improve the knowledge and skills that help designers and researchers contribute to relevant societal challenges and to have an impact.

 The position is part of the program “Pride & Prejudice ‐ Tackling chronic disease prevention through real‐life monitoring and context‐aware intervention design”, which is financially supported by the 4TU federation (!/84378/awarding_hightech/). Central to the Pride & Prejudice program is the combination of monitoring in real‐life through sensors (food intake, physical activity and health parameters) with development of design interventions at different levels of the system (person, group, society), and evaluation of the (long‐term) effectiveness of these combined interventions. A summary of the content of the full program can be obtained by sending an email to

Job description

 Within the Healthcare research theme, we use design interventions to understand, address and solve problems for patients, healthcare professionals and informal caregivers. The tenure tracker needs to develop understanding of how design can fulfill individual needs and improve long-term personal well-being, while also contributing to a healthy and sustainable society, by impacting people’s behavior, experience, and standards in the healthcare context. This tenure track position has a strong focus on prevention and thereby connects the clinical setting with the private home setting. 

The applicant is invited to submit a vision for behavior change in relation to prevention. We expect that during the tenure track period the candidate will develop her/his research lines, acquiring new scientific knowledge and theories in the field of behavior and prevention and making use of innovative technology in order to develop interventions that persuade people to make healthy choices about, for example, their diet and to what extent they are physically active, leading to a healthier lifestyle. The vision may include new frameworks for behavior change, systems to remotely monitor health parameters and behavior, and/or design approaches for developing interventions.


Candidates should have a PhD-degree in design, preventive medicine, the social sciences or other related fields. Candidates should preferably also have a Post Doc or the equivalent of at least two years of post-PhD experience.

 We are looking for colleagues who can excel in an interdisciplinary environment, where designers and researchers work independently across research groups, and together contribute to the larger research agenda of the department. Candidates should be at ease in conducting interdisciplinary work at the intersection between practice, research, and education. Through research and teaching, candidates should be able to inspire colleagues and students. Candidates are invited to apply for the position by explaining in an original research statement their view on the above mentioned challenges.  

Conditions of employment

At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, 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 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.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this. 

Information and application

Candidates are expected to submit a detailed CV, a motivational letter, and an original research statement (max. 2 pages A4) by 19 September 2018 to .

 For more information and questions, please contact prof.dr. Richard Goossens (  or dr. Rick Schifferstein ( ). When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATIO 0762.      

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Amanda Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, HR Secretary, email:

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Industrial Design Engineering
Working hours
32-40 hours weekly
Tenure track
3475 - 5405 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Sept. 19, 2018
Vacancy nr.
ATIO 0762


For more information about the application procedure, please contact: