Department of Industrial Design
(ID) is one of the nine departments of TU/e and has an internationally leading position because of its core commitment to research through design
(RtD) and its strikingly original conceptual work
. ID's ambition is to be recognized as one of the top departments in the world that conduct exciting research in the intersection of Design, Technology, Human-Computer Interaction, and Social Sciences and Humanities. In particular, the department aims to inspire and educate a new generation of design engineers who can contribute with their novel designs, their fluency in AI/ML algorithms and data, and their academic critical questioning, to the imminent and complex societal challenges our world is facing nowadays.
The ID education program
is competence-centered, self-directed and challenged-based. ID focuses on educating students to design through five different perspectives (called Expertise Areas), through core courses and electives:
- Math, data and computing.
- User and society.
- Technology and realization.
- Business and entrepreneurship.
- Creativity and aesthetics.
Students also learn to make connections between the different perspectives within project groups called squads. In addition, the ID education curriculum encourages and empowers students to take the ownership of their personal and professional development. Supported by their academic coaches, through ID curriculum and their personal, industrial and research projects, students develop a unique competence of designing and related design approaches individually. Next to self-directed learning and competence development, the educational model of ID is challenge-based. ID students work together on challenging and authentic projects in which multiple perspectives or disciplines are incorporated to solve the challenge (for example by working within interdisciplinary groups) using an entrepreneurial mindset.
At the Industrial Design department we have two research groups: Systemic Change
and Future Everyday
As an Assistant / Associate Professor you will contribute to the department through both research and education.Research:
Your research focuses on design processes, generative design methods and tools that combine digital fabrication technologies, artificial intelligence and open innovation. This could be in the domain of soft wearables, e.g., smart textiles and garments, embedding physiological sensing and embodied interaction, or in other domains involving digital fabrication, e.g., 3D printing. You are expected to contribute to this research field by developing novel interaction concepts, developing tools and platforms to support innovative practices in digital craftmanship and to explore innovative areas of fabrication. This research can contribute to designing innovations in various application domains, such as health and well-being, nutrition, automotive, smart wearables. Over and above contributions in different application domains, you will contribute towards novel design methods, with a special focus on sustainability and circularity.Education:
You will contribute to our educational expertise in Creativity & Aesthetics, and Technology & Realization through courses at bachelor's and master's level in topics related to sustainability, that cover both creativity and aesthetics aspects of the designed systems as well as their realization. Furthermore, you will be coaching design projects seeking to link research developments in the area of interest of the candidate to application domains and societal contexts relevant to the department, e.g., sustainability, social inclusion, healthcare, education, smart mobility.