Post-doc: Design for Mood Regulation

Department/faculty: Industrial Design Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 2 years
Salary: €2552 to €4028 per month gross

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 Industrial Design (ID) is recognised as an international leader in design research and was ranked as excellent by an international review panel in 2015. Research and education in ID is clustered in research groups focusing on subjects such as prototyping in design thinking, future interactions, and social design. The department houses the ID StudioLab, a unique interdisciplinary design research community that includes staff from all research groups and facilitates design-driven research and education.

Job description

This post-doctoral project will be part of a five-year project on ‘design for positive mood regulation’ of the Delft Institute of Positive Design (DIOPD), funded by NWO (a Vici grant awarded to professor Pieter Desmet).
Vici is one of the largest grants for individual scientists in The Netherlands.
The project aims to develop a theory that (a) details the mechanisms that underlie mood experiences in human-design interaction, and (b) explains how design-supported mood regulation can foster human well-being. The post-doctoral project will develop the theoretical foundation for the overall Vici project. We are looking for an ambitious post-doctoral researcher to join forces with Prof. Desmet in developing theory that describes and explains mood in human-product interaction, a mood condition questionnaire, and tools that facilitate a systematic approach to mood-driven design.
For additional information visit the website: (password: mood).


The post-doctoral position is for 24 months and the work will be executed at the ID StudioLab at the TU Delft. The Vici project includes a full-time position, but it is possible to apply for a part-time position (if a team of part-time post-docs can be formed to combine as a full-time position). The project requires excellent research and writing skills, as well as the ability to develop creative design tools and techniques. The position involves intensive collaboration with Prof. Desmet, and it will involve coaching project-relevant design student projects (e.g. internships and master thesis projects).

Conditions of employment

The 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.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Pieter Desmet, phone: +31 (0)15-2783375, e-mail: To apply, please send the following:
(1) a motivation letter
(2) a full curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications
(3) two to four key publications of which you are the first author
(4) recommendation letters (optional)
(5) portfolio (optional).
Please e-mail your application by 16 June 2017 to Amanda Klumpers-Nieuwpoort,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number AT/IO-0739.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Industrial Design Engineering
PhD degree
Working hours
2 years
€2552 to €4028 per month gross

Closing date
June 16, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Pieter Desmet, Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2783375

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Amanda Klumpers-Nieuwpoort.