Full Professor in Architectural Research and Design (fulltime)

Full Professor in Architectural Research and Design (fulltime)

Published Deadline Location
3 Jul 15 Sep Eindhoven
The Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) invites applications for two fulltime (1,0 – 0,8 FTE) positions of Full Professor of Architectural Research and Design in the unit of Architecture, Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE).

Job description

Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology

The Department of the Built Environment advances our knowledge of the built environment through its education, research and impact. It addresses urgent societal challenges on a systemic level by combining a unique, broad, and inspiring range of design, technology, and engineering disciplines. With over 250 talented scholars and approximately 1500 students from various nationalities, the department is organized across four disciplinary units:
  • Architecture, Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE).
  • Urban Systems and Real Estate (USRE).
  • Structural Engineering and Design (SED).
  • Building Physics and Services (BPS).

While each unit has its own specific in-depth disciplinary focus, they work closely together in the department's education programs and research projects. The department is equipped with several state-of-the-art facilities, from laboratories to robotic facilities and workshops, where scientific curiosity is explored and materialized in providing comprehensive answers to some of the most pressing societal transitions.


The unit AUDE integrates (urban) architecture with engineering principles to address complex spatial challenges, focusing on creating high-quality built environments. With a commitment to both historical and theoretical discourse as well as the contemporary practice of (urban) architecture, AUDE approaches the built environment from a combined perspective where thinking and doing are mutually reinforcing. Such position is made explicit in both education and research. Ultimately, AUDE stands for critical and innovative attitudes toward social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental issues, leveraging scholarship, design and technology to propose inventive solutions for the pressing issues in our built environment.

Currently, the unit AUDE consists of five chair groups:
  • The Chair of Architectural History and Theory (AHT) examines design artifacts, designs, and design practices within specified cultural and societal contexts. Research areas include architectural history, heritage studies, architectural theory, philosophy of design, and architectural criticism.
  • The Chair of Architectural Design and Engineering (ADE) focuses on the essence of the architectural profession: creating good buildings. This chair operates under the assumption that good architecture results from the harmonious fusion of architectural design and technical expertise. Key research areas include sustainable concepts, evolving typologies, new building technologies, and exploring materiality's role in architectural design.
  • The Chair of Smart Architectural Technologies (SAT) concentrates on integrating innovative technologies into the built environment to create responsive buildings. Specifically, the chair emphasizes the balance between architecture, technology, and users, encapsulated in the concept of the 'Empathic Environment'.
  • The Chair of Rational Architecture (RA) analyzes and critiques the typology and morphology of existing cities at both the urban and building scales.
  • The Chair of Architecture and Transformation (AT) focuses on the transformation of the architect's role, existing building stock, and the design, construction, and production processes of buildings and cities.

The Chairs of AHT, ADE and SAT are currently occupied and remain as they are. The Chairs RA and AT are currently free and are being reconsidered: they can remain as they are but may also be subject to change. Urban Design is covered in the unit USRE.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • You have an exceptional talent to elevate AUDE's architecture research and education to the highest level.
  • You will develop a curiosity-driven research agenda related to (spatial) design (research based and design oriented) that is both grounded in the fundamental side of architecture as well as in the contemporary discourse and practice of architecture.
  • Your research engages with broader societal challenges already being addressed by other units within the department (from housing to the transformation of existing buildings and from energy transition and climate change to sustainability and circularity).
  • Beyond having a clear line of inquiry that contributes to the department's ongoing engagement with these themes, you are expected to collaborate with the existing chairs within AUDE as well as with chairs in other units in the department.
  • You will stimulate multivocal research across the unit and the department, facilitating and supporting both ongoing and new research projects, by integrating and uniting the various approaches to architecture and the built environment already present within the unit.
  • You will thus be appointed based on your primary field of expertise but you are expected to bridge across the various disciplines represented in AUDE, as well as to establish collaborative research and pedagogical projects with other groups across the department (including the supervision of doctoral students).
  • You are able to contribute in shaping the future of AUDE by introducing new research fields and by improving the balance between education and research within the unit.
  • In your teaching, you will lead design studios and give lectures for students in the department's bachelor's and master's degree programs, teaching theoretical foundations, methodological skills and specialized knowledge in your field of expertise and area of research.
  • You have experience in developing and managing design research projects, a clear pedagogical approach, and you hold a doctorate degree (PhD) in architecture or related fields.
  • You should demonstrate a record of outstanding creative research that advances the field of architecture.
  • Additional qualifications include a commitment to excellence in teaching, the ability to lead a research group effectively, a strong national and international collaborative network, and the ability to raise research funding.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station.
  • The opportunity to focus your career on education, research or impact. You can develop your personal ambitions within the strategic objectives of the university.
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. (scale HL2: € 6646 to € 9680).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and an additional annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • A dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • High-quality training programs for academic leadership and teaching.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and partner career support.

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

Would you like to know more about our university?

Welcome to the Department of the Built Environment
We are Eindhoven University of Technology
What's life like as a full professor at TU/e
Eindhoven city


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact the hiring manager Theo Salet t.a.m.salet@tue.nl or via HR-advisor Jennifer Berkhout-Dekker via hradvicebe@tue.nl.

Are you inspired and would like to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit our career page.


We invite you to submit a complete application.
The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • Description of your field of expertise that you intend to add to AUDE (max 1 page).
  • Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages).
  • Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages).
  • Your portfolio of architectural design.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until September 15, 2024.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V38.7593


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Make sure to apply no later than 15 Sep 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).