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Urban Living Lab Program Developer Position at TU Delft, Netherlands, May 2022

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The Delft University of Technology invites applications for an energetic Urban Living Lab Program Developer at the University Corporate Office – Legal Services, the Netherlands – May 2022

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General Info

Position: Urban Living Lab Program Developer
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 3821 EURO/Month

University Corporate Office – Legal Services

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • Academic, trained on Urban Challenges, Urban Energy and/or Innovation;
  • 2-5 years experience in setting up Urban Living Labs and/or Energy innovation;
  • Proactive attitude and capable of creating change;
  • Excellent organization and communication skills;
  • Experienced in business development;
  • Fluent in English, capable in Dutch or willingness to learn;
  • Experience with Zoom, Teams and Miro tools;
  • Strong network in Amsterdam, TU Delft and Wageningen University and AMS Institute ecosystem is a pre.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for an energetic Urban Living Lab Program Developer. This developer will further build the AMS ‘Living Lab Locations Portfolio’, managing the Labs and developing the urban research and innovation ecosystem operationally and strategically. He/she will lead the EnergyLab ZuidOost. He/she has an academic background and has preferably actively worked in Living Labs and Urban experimentation.

AMS Institute for Advanced Metropoliton Solutions

AMS Institute is an internationally leading institute where talent is educated and engineers, designers, and both natural and social scientists jointly develop and valorize integrated metropolitan solutions. Our mission is to develop a deep understanding of the city – sense the city – to design solutions for its challenges and integrate these into the city of Amsterdam.

We do this through three main activities: education, research & valorization, and Entrepreneurship & collaboration. AMS Institute works on finding interdisciplinary metropolitan solutions. In close collaboration with both public & private partners and citizens, we valorize our research in practice, using the city of Amsterdam as a living lab.

The Linving Lab Program

These Living Labs have become a corner stone for AMS Institute’s ecosystem. Since 2018, a Living Lab program is under development to build and generate value for AMS. It is recognized nationally and internationally as a groundbreaking approach.

The Living Lab Program aims to: 1) build Living Labs to help stakeholders (students, scientists, citizens, companies, and cities) conduct research and do reliable and scalable experiments to solve and create impact on Metropolitan Challenges, and 2) to develop, validate and implement urban experimentation methodologies and tools to build these labs.

The Living Lab’s main pillar is: Lab Locations & Portfolio (Objective: Living Labs for all AMS Institute themes and phases in the R&I funnel that stimulate cross-over collaborations). It should lead to a financially sound urban research and innovation infrastructure with a range of living lab locations and other facilities where the AMS ecosystem members can do education, pilots and experiments, and research in all phases of the innovation funnel (from explorative and research projects to implementation, validation and scaling of innovations).

Amsterdam Energylab Zuidoost

One of the main Labs is the EnergyLab Zuidoost. The city of Amsterdam is in the process of accelerating the energy transition in amongst others the build environment. This implies on the one hand ramping up investments in market ready technologies leading to significant CO2 reductions, and in parallel experimenting with innovative approaches and technologies in various parts of the city.

The city of Amsterdam wishes to continuously monitor and evaluate this transition, and use the “lessons learned” to improve processes and technologies. The city Amsterdam needs technological and scientific expertise in this process. The EnergyLab ZuidOost has the objective to provide this expertise, by creating a living lab environment with a quick learning cycle. The Lab is set up in close cooperation with Delft University of Technology and has its focus on Amsterdam Zuidoost.

Job description

This position will bring you at the forefront of urban experimentation. You will be responsible for pillar ‘Lab Locations & portfolio’, managing the Labs and developing the urban research and innovation ecosystem. You will:

  • Manage the operation and development of the current Urban Living Lab Portfolio.
    • Make the Living Labs available, visible and fruitful for AMS Institute and its ecosystem partners
    • Manage the Living Labs projects and financial administration together with AMS Institute financial department
    • Contribute to the overall goals of the program
  • Co-ordinate the EnergyLab ZuidOost together with Amsterdam and other partners
    • Manage the current research proposal and projects
    • Act as intermediary between needs of the city of Amsterdam and (scientific) interest of students PhD, PDEng and post docs
    • Act as the team captain for the continuously changing group of researchers including MSc, PhD, PDEng and postdocs at AMS, and contribute to co-creation with stakeholders in living labs.
    • Develop and implement a monitoring, evaluation and learning process together with key partners within the city of Amsterdam, AMS and Chief Science Office (CSO);
    • Manage monitoring and evaluation needs with the key partners at the city of Amsterdam, and translate these needs into research questions/proposals for different types of researchers (BSc/MSc student, PhD, PDEng and post docs)
    • Develop and organize an education and outreach program together with the key partners, Principal Investigators (PIs) and researchers at TU Delft, ensuring dissemination of knowledge beyond the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
  • Organize growth and streamline operation of Urban Living Lab Program
    • Develop the existing Living Lab portfolio into a coherent and centrally operated urban research and innovation infrastructure
    • Develop the Lab co-ordination from individual to team approach in building, running of and learning in the Labs
    • Initiate and contribute to fundraising and subsidy applications
    • Develop and implement a Value proposition of the Living Lab activities together with the Program Lead and other AMS colleagues


  • You will work in the Living Lab team
  • You will report to the Program Lead Living Labs
  • The Living Lab coordinators will report to you, a group of approximately 4 persons each working for approx. 2 days a week in the Labs
  • You will build and maintain close relations with AMS colleagues
  • For the individual Labs, you will report to the Steering Committee
  • In EnergyLab Zuidoost, you will receive support from other Living Lab team members

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: TUD02230

Application Procedure

Please apply before May 8th 2022 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

University Corporate Office - Legal Services

The management of Legal Services contributes to safeguarding the legal accountability of the TU Delft. An important task is delivering strategic advice and operational support in legal matters to the Executive Board, the faculties and the university services. The TU Delft has bundled five units in Legal Services, which together provide broad support: Legal Affairs, Intellectual Property/Patents, Contract Management, Project Management, and Safety and Security Management.

About the Employer:

Conditions of employment

  • Duration of contract is 2 years with prospect for extension.
  • A job of 32-40 hours per week.
  • A salary based on scale 11 of the CAO for Dutch Universities with a minimum of € 3.821,- and a maximum of € 5.230,- gross per month based on a fulltime contract (38 hours), plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.


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Contact details

For more information and application, please contact Leendert Verhoef, Program Lead Living Labs, [email protected], T: +31 (0)6 55 307 837, or Paul Voskuilen, Program Developer Urban Energy, T: +31 (0)6 39 275 918, mail: [email protected].

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