Assistant Professor of Creativity

Assistant Professor of Creativity

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27 Jan 15 Mar Delft

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Job description

Organisations in most private and public sectors, in areas as diverse as manufacturing, healthcare or creative industries, share a pressing need for innovation. However, stimulating the required creativity is something many organisations struggle with. As Assistant Professor of Creativity at TU Delft you will develop your niche, helping people in organisations, in society and our design students to boost their innovative potential.

You will develop a distinctive research line for which you will attract funding and work with PhD students you will co-supervise. Contributing to world-class education, you will also be teaching Bachelor and Master students, in existing or new courses to expand and innovate our curriculum.

The interdisciplinary team of Connected Creativity Lab at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering will be your home base. The lab comprises of academic and teaching staff, PhD students, postdocs, and innovative entrepreneurs. We are a lively and engaged group of people, exploring new creative approaches to teaching and research. As a group we have built a strong track record on creativity research: ideation, creative facilitation, inspiration, creative confidence, and technology-driven creativity. We are part of a strong network of industries and businesses and participate actively in relevant communities within the academic world, and we are open to collaborate with networks that you might bring in. We would therefore welcome candidates with complementary interests, such as creative online collaboration, neuro-cognitive drivers in creativity, and ‘creative climate’ (i.e. how to change cultures in and around organisations). Of course, you can also surprise us with a new interest in design-relevant creativity we have not yet foreseen.

The lab is part of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, a friendly and collaborative environment in which you will get all the support you need to evolve and grow your academic career. Join our lab and help bring our faculty to the fore in conversations about creativity!


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You are driven by working at the forefront of design creativity, helping boost innovation by showing people and organisations how to stimulate their creativity. You enjoy working with people from multiple disciplines, including technology disciplines. To inspire and convince stakeholders of your research proposals you have good communication skills, which you can also put to use when teaching and mentoring students. Of course, you are keen to grown these and other competencies during your tenure track!


You also have:

  • A PhD in a design-related field, engineering, social sciences, psychology or another relevant subject.
  • A keen interest in interdisciplinary research and education, and the motivation to work in the technological environment of TU Delft.
  • A good command of spoken and written English, as you will be working in an internationally diverse community. If there is no command of Dutch language, you should have the willingness to learn the language, as your home base at TU Delft is bilingual.

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.


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.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD03405


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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