PDEng trainee - Eindhoven Engine

PDEng trainee - Eindhoven Engine

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Fulltime, two year trainee position at the PDEng program SBC Smart Buildings & Cities. We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in energy in the built environment and a MSc degree.

Job description

SBC PDEng program

The SBC PDEng program wants to contribute to the transition towards smart, intelligent and sustainable cities where quality of life is high. This transition requires new solutions which can only be created through multiscale and transdisciplinary (design) approaches. This requires technical designers who are able to work in a multidisciplinary environment and know how to communicate with different disciplines and stake holders. This PDEng program educates trainees to become those technical designers! Please note that this program is about technological design, i.e., the process of solving problems by means of a technological design, this in contrast to (PhD) research, which is the process of understanding problems. For more information on the SBC program contact dr. L. Hensen Centnerová,  email; L.Hensen [at]tue.nl


Job description

The two-year post-master technological designer program leads to the degree of 'Professional Doctorate in Engineering' (PDEng). The program consists of two main parts running in parallel:

- Half of the program consists of post-master level education in the form of generic design projects and courses about design methods, entrepreneurship, professional skills and several technical courses about topics relevant to the design project.

- The other half of the program is dedicated to an individual design project in collaboration with a company. It is the main responsibility of the trainee to manage and execute the project. The trainee is supported by an advisor from the company and an advisor from the university.

The company design project is about energy and maintenance optimization using the 'big-data' from the BMS systems. Companies need knowledge of machine learning algorithms and systems engineering, which they generally don't have. There is a body of knowledge developed nationally and internationally by research institutes and a few expert companies in the field of data-driven methods (e.g. energy signatures, grey-box models, machine learning), but this body of knowledge is only scarcely finding its way to the building services industry.  Tools need be developed for energy diagnoses services, on-line remote control and management, just in time maintenance for feedback to the design departments/companies. Objective of the PDEng assignment is to design and implement a smart data control strategy based on model based approaches as well as on a Big Data machine learning approaches. The PDEng trainee will be embedded in the Building Services group. For questions about the project contact prof.ir. Wim Zeiler


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


Who can apply?

We are looking for

• an excellent and highly motivated candidate with an MSc degree in Building Science, Informatics, Mathematical, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. Interest in informatics, physical processes (heat, air and moisture transfer) in the built environment and computational building performance simulation is essential.

• an interest in developing new control technologies and applications for the built environment.

• an academic attitude in order to develop new technologies and perform applied research with an integral view on what is needed for the future built environment.

• an excellent command of the English language, both in speaking and writing.

Conditions of employment

What do we provide?

We offer a fulltime traineeship of two years. The traineeship is a formal employment at the Eindhoven University of Technology according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Trainees receive a financial compensation according to this standard. Gross salary: € 1913.

Trainees are provided with their own workplace in the building of the Department of the Built Environment. The university provides all general modern facilities belonging to first class universities; mediation in housing, excellent sports facilities, language courses, modern digital library facilities etc. For more information please visit http://www.tue.nl/en/.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V38.4433


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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