The Delft University of Technology invites applications for a Ph.D. researcher aim to explore how designers can contribute to the transformations needed in organizations to implement new autonomous processes, at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, the Netherlands – Apr 2022
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Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2.434 EURO/Month
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands
, The Netherlands
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First and foremost we are looking for someone who has experience with interdisciplinary research and affinity with qualitative methods such as observations, interviews, case studies, action research.
Obviously a Masters degree relating to a design topic is a plus but we also invite applications if you have a different background such as (but not limited to) as Management of Technology, Data-driven design, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering or Computer Science.
Due to the nature of the project excellent command of the English language and communication skills are a must have. Furthermore an EU citizenship is required.
If you also have an interest in emerging technologies and/or the mobility sector, you might be our ideal candidate!
This Early Career Researcher position, which can be done as a funded PhD or as PostDoc, is based in the rapidly changing context of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, will consider how to strategically embed design so that the airport's transformation to an autonomous future runs effectively.
While we envision our future to be autonomous (acts of using disruptive & emergent technologies to perform well-defined missions on behalf of human labor) and believe it will benefit our society to be more sustainable, productive, and healthier, we do not know yet whether automation would also negatively impact us.
In our research, we aim to explore how designers can contribute to the transformations needed in organisations to implement new autonomous processes by examining the impact of real implementation of creative solutions in a living lab settings.
The potential research questions we have formulated are:
- What are the most important human factors when implementing autonomous processes in organisations?
- How can design help in the transformation of a complex stakeholder context as a result of technology-driven changes, such as increased vehicle and process automation.
- How can insights into conventional design processes be translated into data-driven methods for the implementation of autonomous solutions?
You will work on one (or more) of these proposed research questions. However in consultation with the supervisory team you might explore an alternative research question as the project runs.
The project is part of a larger research collaboration between TU Delft and Schiphol Group at Amsterdam Airport on ‘accelerating innovation’.
In total, three people will be working on this project, in close collaboration with each other (Two PhD candidates have been recruited).
How to Apply?
Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: TUD01149
Please apply before Monday 4 April via the application button and upload your 1-page motivation letter, CV and (a part of) your thesis, or a paper that you have written in which you demonstrate your writing skills.
- You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
- A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
- Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.
About the Department
Faculty Industrial Design Engineering - DOS & Royal Schiphol Group
Matching the evolution of people with the speed of the revolution of technology. This is the focus of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE). Delft designers act as a bridge between advances in technology and the needs of people, organisations and society to create products, services and systems with purpose.
IDE is a leader in design research across the application areas of mobility, sustainability and health, as well as its development of design tools and methods. A 350-strong research team and over 2,000 students work together in our inspiring hall, labs and studios.
In close cooperation with industry, the public sector and NGOs we rehearse possible futures in research and education to design for a complex future.
Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
The department of Design, Organisation and Strategy (DOS) focuses on the strategic role of design in organisations with the intention to improve and renew the organisations’ strategies and thereby concurrently co-create value for individuals, organisations, and society at large.
Royal Schiphol Group (RSG) is an airport company with an important socio-economic task. Airports in the Group create value for society and for the economy, with safety as a key enabler.
Together RSG and TU Delft will work on developing new products and services in the living lab of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Lelystad Airport. The focus of their efforts will be on the traveller experience and the future of airport operations. At the same time, scientific knowledge on mobility will also be developed. Schiphol | Lab
Conditions of employment
Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2443 per month in the first year to € 3122 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
For more details about the renumeration as Post Doc, please contact Dr. Euiyoung Kim ([email protected]).
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.
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For more information about this vacancy, please contact Euiyoung Kim, Assistant Professor of System Design in Mobility, e-mail: [email protected]
For information about the application procedure, please send an email to [email protected]
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