TU Delft

Postdoc Design Research Enduring Rewards project

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Faculty Industrial Design Engineering

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

The position is offered within the department of Human-Centered Design. The department HCD is recognized as an international leader in design research and was ranked excellent by an international review panel in 2015. Our research and education focusing on topics like design for happiness, prototyping in design thinking, design aesthetics, future interactions, ergonomics and social design. The department also houses the ID-StudioLab, a unique interdisciplinary design research community that facilitates design-driven research and education. We believe that a professional designer needs scientific knowledge and the skills to use systematic methods, techniques and tools. We teach future designers to conceptualize products and services that are understandable and stimulate meaningful experiences. We develop and improve the knowledge and skills that help designers and researchers contribute to relevant societal challenges and to have an impact.

Functie omschrijving

Recent large-scale population research showed that healthy lifestyle extends lifetime by six years and delays the onset of chronic diseases by nine years. Multiple interventions are available to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle which are successful in motivating people to initiate a behavioural change (BC) but often fail to keep people aboard and maintain their change. The present project investigates and evaluates how design can support motivation for a BC maintenance. To reach this aim we will investigate four strategies of personalisation of motivating incentives: 1) Adapt incentive–type, -quantity, and –moment to BC stage; 2) Introduce personal health feedback as motivator; 3) Personalise incentives to user’s engagement profile; and 4) Change system-initiated incentives into user-initiated incentives.

The Enduring Rewards project will work on three existing behavorial change programs: LekkerFit! (city of Rotterdam), the Box (LUMC) and Benefit (LU). The project will appoint two PhDs (resp. working on LekkerFit!, and the Box) and a postdoc. As a postdoc in this project, you will generate generic psychological and design theory for long-term motivation, take part in project management involving its interdisciplinary stakeholders and PhDs, set up of evaluation studies, and set-up utilization and dissemination activities. You will work in an interdisciplinary team of design researchers (TU Delft), psychologists (LU), cardiologists (LUMC) public health researchers (EMC), municipality of Rotterdam, and game design-, and eHealth- companies.

Functie eisen

The postdoctoral candidate holds a PhD degree in behavioral sciences and/or design research with experience and interest in behavioral change/ motivation research. The candidate has excellent communication and publication skills, and likes to work in an interdisciplinary context. Experience in project management and working with lifestyle related behavioural change projects is a plus.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount 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. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Informeren en solliciteren

For information about this vacancy, you can contact V.T. Visch, Associate Professor, email: v.t.visch@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact A. Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, HR Secretaresse Human-Centered Design, email: HR-HCD@tudelft.nl.

To apply; please send a detailed CV, along with a letter of motivation, and contact information of two persons who can provide references in separate PDF files to HR-HCD@tudelft.nl.

Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

Uren per week: 30-32 uur per week

Salaris: € 2.709,- tot € 4.274,- per maand


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