Post-doc: Things As Citizens (PACT Project)

Department/faculty: Industrial Design Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 12 months
Salary: €2588 to €4084 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 recognized 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, everyday futures, 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

The post-doc will work within the AMS-funded project PACT (Pure Air in Cities of Things) led by Professor Elisa Giaccardi, Connected Everyday Lab.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a known concept for the smart city vision of the future. However, current implementations are often limited to sensing only: the Internet as dashboard, with sensors in the real world. In this arrangement, urban innovation stops at collecting data, visualising it on an app, and opening it for insights. But how fast could the city adapt if things in the real world could respond to data? If they could not only sense but also act?

PACT (Pure Air for Cities of Things) aims to develop novel methods and tools for understanding and demonstrating how intelligent things can act in concert with people and connect to existing data and cloud services. The project will use the context of urban air purification as a concrete and relevant case, but results are expected to be applicable also to other contexts (energy production, circular economies, mobility, etc.). The goal is to bring together companies, cities, citizens, and intelligent things into a ‘more-than-human’ collaboration to generate, prototype, and validate design hypotheses for flexible and responsive urban infrastructures.


We are looking for a researcher with a PhD in Interaction Design or a related field, preferably with experience in data-driven systems, intelligent actuation, and design thinking. Previous experience with grant writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public engagement is desirable. The position is open immediately until filled and is initially limited to one year. The work will take place in Delft and Amsterdam. Fluency in English is a requirement.  

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 Elisa Giaccardi, e-mail: Applications should contain:
• a cover letter (max. 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interests, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position;
• a full Curriculum Vitae
• if applicable, a (link to) your portfolio or other examplars of your experience in interaction design.   
Please e-mail your application to Elisa Giaccardi,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number AT/IO-0744.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Industrial Design Engineering
PhD degree
Working hours
12 months
€2588 to €4084 per month gross

Closing date
Nov. 30, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Elisa Giaccardi, Professor.


For more information about the application procedure, please contact A. Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, secretary department ID.