PhD: Design for Managing Interconnected Infrastructures

PhD: Design for Managing Interconnected Infrastructures

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23 Nov 22 Dec Delft

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Guidelines for infrastructure managers

Job description

We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in performing action-based research and who will identify a set of guidelines that could be used by infrastructure managers in future innovative, cross-infrastructural replacement projects.
The research is part of a research project that focuses on manageable, interconnected infrastructures. The PhD researcher will have unique access to cases of interconnected infrastructural replacement projects. As a key part of the research, the PhD candidate will participate in a community-of-practice (CoP) where practitioners from ongoing cross-infrastructural replacement projects meet to share and analyse these collaborations. The PhD candidate will prepare and organise these meetings and use these meetings to connect theoretical insights on cross-infrastructural replacement with empirical data.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The PhD candidate will be based in the governance group at the MAS department. This candidate preferably has an interdisciplinary profile, with a strong basis in the social sciences and preferably a background in the engineering sciences, e.g. technology studies. The candidate should have an affinity for engineering and technology, and excellent social and communication skills. Given that the majority of data will be in Dutch, proficiency in written and spoken Dutch is required.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

To apply, please include with your CV a one-page proposal describing how you would undertake this research project. Explain also how you plan to collaborate with the post-doc candidate and the project consortium partners. To be able to provide this deliverable, you will need additional information on the project. Please contact the vacancy holder Dr. Mark de Bruijne ( for a summary description of the project. (e.g. references or list of publications).
Your application should be e-mailed by 22 December 2017 to Olivie Beek, When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM17.027.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Technology, Policy & Management

The research is embedded in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems (MAS) at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) of Delft University of Technology, which is conducting the research in collaboration with the Department of Structural Engineering of Delft University of Technology (who will host a linked post-doc position as part of the project). The faculty’s central aim is to achieve a unique, co-operative relationship between the social sciences and humanities and the engineering sciences.

The Policy, Organisation, Law and Gaming (POLG) section is a vibrant, international, interdisciplinary group of about 20 tenured faculty members and about 20 non-tenured. We focus on the analysis and design of processes of governance and decision-making of wicked problems in technologically complex environments. In our research and education, we concentrate on the analysis and design of decision-making processes and institutions and their confrontation with real-life complexity, often in close cooperation with our direct colleagues from the TU Delft/TPM focusing on the modelling. Staff-members in our section use quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €2840 per month
  • University graduate
  • ATTBM17.027


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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