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Tenure Track position Cognitive information Interaction design

Are you up for the challenge to match the evolution of people with the revolution of technology? Do you want to join us and contribute your knowledge about cognitive ergonomics and information interaction design? The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) is now hiring!

Job description

Nowadays, human centered design calls for thorough understanding of human behavior in an increasingly complex, dynamic context due to the ever-growing connectivity and resulting big data and information streams. Three essential research topics follow from this; 1. Information Intake or Perceptual Intelligence, 2. Information processing or Cognitive Interaction Design for Complex Intelligent Systems, 3. Information interaction or Interactive Media and Persuasive Design.

The department HCD at the IDE Faculty has a Tenure Track available focused on the second topic. Are you at or close to associate professor level then we invite you to apply.

In this role you will develop, coordinate and supervise research and education in areas of cognitive ergonomics, data and human information interaction design. You will be actively involved in curriculum development at both bachelor and master’s level, act as coordinator/supervisor for various relevant courses, provide education in diverse human-centred design topics, supervise students and coach PhD students.The main tasks will be to contribute to the domain described below through research and education. In particular, you will develop a research agenda in this emerging field in collaboration with staff members, and supervise doctoral candidates. As holder of a full-time position, you will be involved in organizational and managerial activities at the departmental level and we expect you to acquire funding.

It is our ambition to profile IDE as leading knowledge centre concerning the complex interplay between multisensory design, cognitive augmentation and complex intelligent systems, and strengthen its pivotal role in human centered interaction design.

Current and future developments demand that this position will be filled in with state-of-the-art expertise in cognitive interaction design for complex dynamic intelligent systems in a team with associate professor Rene van Egmond. You will be embedded in the HCD department and IDE faculty working across the Human factors discipline, covering physical, perceptual, cognitive, organisational, and environmental human factors, and the domain connecting Artificial and Human Intelligence (AI and HI), designing their interactions from a human centered perspective, in a dynamic complex systems approach.

Products, systems, and services increasingly consist of advanced sensor systems or are data driven, e.g. ambient intelligence, socio-technical systems. The resulting stream of data is often, but not exclusively, interpreted by AI-implementations. Human and technological information processing ideally result in similar, but in practice in mostly different interpretations resulting in possible conflicts between human and machine. Taking advantage of their strengths and compensating for the weaknesses, allows improving the interactions between them.

There is a body of fundamental knowledge about how people process and act on information of which students of IDE should be knowledgeable, e.g. from engineering psychology and the classical human information processing loop to cognitive agents. However, there is still a big knowledge gap on designing multimodal systems to transfer information in an intelligent way.
This new field will be referred to as Cognitive Interaction Design for Intelligent Systems and focusses on the HI side of designs starting from fundamental cognitive systems engineering knowledge, bringing this together with domains like perceptual intelligence, modern technology and AI.It requires a holistic approach to human behaviour with an emphasis on multimodal information processing. It calls for a service and systems perspective, focusing on human data interaction design and making benefit of the unique processing power of both worlds. To this aim, complex systems theory should be applied in agile cross-disciplinary methods for applied cognition research of real-world problems.


We are looking for a colleague who has the ability and skills to apply insights from fundamental cognition science in practice-oriented design research and education. We search for a personality, who thrives in an interdisciplinary environment, where designers and researchers are expected to work independently and across research groups, and contribute to the larger research agenda of the department and the research themes of the faculty.

The candidate for the position Cognitive Information Interaction Design:

  • has a background in interaction design or social sciences (e.g. experimental psychology) with expertise in human information processing theory and experiments, interactive prototyping based on sensor data, and interest in systems theory;
  • holds a PhD in one of the mentioned domains, and experience in the other areas;
  • has a track record of publications in relevant journals and/or design portfolio;
  • has a track record in academic education including setting up courses;
  • has experience in PhD supervision;
  • has obtained external research funding;
  • has a vision on and commitment to design education;
  • shows leadership and a proactive, constructive attitude.
Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

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.

Special/additional conditions of employment:

Your starting salary will be based on knowledge and experience.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

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.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

The position will be integrated in the Human Information Communication Design section, from the Department of Human-Centered Design where around 20 permanent staff (associate professors, assistant professors, and lecturers), and about 10 PhD students study human perception, cognition, and behavior in complex, dynamic systems. You will work in close cooperation within the faculty and contribute to different themes, such as big data, IoT, smart materials, automotive and Medesign.

Additional information

For more information about this position, or to request the extended profile, please contact Joost Niermeijer, Deputy Head of Department HCD via e-mail: r.j.niermeijer@tudelft.nl

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before May 16 2021 via the application button and upload a motivational letter, a detailed CV and an original vision statement (max 3 pages A4) containing your vision on the field, research and education.

  • 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.
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