PhD position at Delft University of Technology TUDelft, The Netherlands

PhD candidate in Co-creating and designing a smart family buddy at TUDelft, Netherlands, June 2022

The Netherlands

PhD position in Co-creating and designing a smart family buddy is available for applicants with a master’s degree at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, in June 2022.

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General Info

Position: PhD Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: September 2022
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: € 2.443,00 - € 3.122,00

Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • Completed master in industrial design (or closely related field such as health psychology, sociology etc.).
  • Experience in Health/ lifestyle related design projects.
  • Experience in social design.
  • Experience in intervention design, co-creation, concept development and prototyping.
  • Scientific writing skills.
  • Interest in studying stakeholder values and value tensions.
  • Ability to work in a team, take initiative, and work towards results in a systematic way.
  • Experience in working with vulnerable people is a plus.
  • Experience in collaborating with people from other disciplines and/or working as a designer in practice are a plus.
  • Since a large part of the PhD activities concerns conducting co-creative studies with Dutch speaking stakeholders and neighbourhood members, Dutch-speaking PhD candidates are preferred.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Responsibilities/Job Description

By using and further expanding on existing user study methods involving value based design methods, ecosystem analysis, and context mapping, you will co-create the concept development for the ID-Buddy in societal communities with families and a consortium of experts, public and private organizations. The concept development for the platform should bring out and connect diverse values from various stakeholders within the ecosystem of the neighbourhood resulting in increased health literacy, mutual care and healthy lifestyle. Your responsibilities will include a literature review of value based design, iterative development and validation of your own value based design method for a complex multi-stakeholder context involving vulnerable target groups, (collaborative) concept development, design and prototyping activities for the platform development, and writing academic journal articles on the process and results of your work. You will closely collaborate with our design partners Muzus (user-advocate), &Ranj (game developer), Pharos (health expertise centre) and the Living Lab project Zuid. This PhD project is part of a larger project (NWO KIC project "ID-Buddy" (see involving researchers from various academic domains (including epidemiology, health psychology, nutrition, socio-economic transitions, Human-AI interactions, data analytics). The project will start in September 2022. You will also teach in related courses and co-supervise Master graduate students within the project.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: TUD02330

Application Procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before June 27 2022 via the application button and send a CV, a cover letter explaining why you would be the best person for the role, and (if available) some concise examples of your experiences with co-creation, concept development, prototyping and/or scientific writing. For information about the application procedure, please contact [email protected]

About the Department

The department of Design, Organisation and Strategy of TU Delft has an opening for a PhD candidate, who will research, design and execute in co-creation the concept development of an interactive Digital Buddy platform (ID-Buddy) that fosters health literacy, healthy lifestyle, and healthy environments in vulnerable neighbourhoods. The ID-Buddy aims to support young families living in deprived neighbourhoods in increasing their health by integrating the unused potential of other families, e.g. care- and social-motivation, care providers and the wider health ecosystem, and AI, e.g. based on individual and collective health data. The ID-Buddy will be digital in its core but most likely involve and give rise to various offline parts, such as social activities and tactile prompts.

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Contact details

For more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. ir. Marina Bos-de Vos ([email protected]) or dr. Valentijn Visch ([email protected]).

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