Postdoc: Anticipating the Effects of Advanced Technologies

Postdoc: Anticipating the Effects of Advanced Technologies

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Are you interested in designing tools to help stakeholders understand the social impact of advanced technologies like AI and quantum computing?

Job description

The department of Human-Centered Design at TU Delft is looking for an enthusiastic postdoc to develop tools that can help anticipate the effects of advanced technologies on society, particularly the Ethical, Legal, and Societal Aspects (ELSA) of quantum technologies.

The postdoc will design, develop and validate generative tools to help diverse stakeholders produce future visions for technologies, in particular quantum computing, quantum networks, and quantum sensors. In collaboration with various teams at TU Delft and Quantum Delta Netherlands, the postdoc will:

  1. Validate a "Quantum Impact Assessment" tool, developed by the Centre for Quantum & Society, to help innovation teams assess the possible ELSA impact of an envisioned quantum application;
  2. Create and validate new tools for envisioning future applications of advanced technologies, with a focus on quantum technologies. The tools can range from creative ideation card decks to the applications of AI generative models (e.g., GPT3, DALLE, MidJourney, StabilityAI);

The successful candidate will be expected to work with a team of researchers and will be required to take on a leading role in the development and validation of the tools mentioned above. The position is for a period of two years and is based at the TU Delft campus in Delft, the Netherlands


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The candidate should have a strong understanding of the validation of measurement tools of this nature in a technological context. We anticipate prior experience in human-centered design and/or design thinking, ideally complemented by knowledge of human-computer interaction, computer science, AI, or related disciplines.

The candidate will also be expected to contribute to the scientific output of the department by publishing their work in academic journals and presenting at international conferences.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 24 maanden.

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.


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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

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.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02832


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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