PD New design research and design method. in the context of future energy-use

PD New design research and design method. in the context of future energy-use

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12 Jun 31 Aug Eindhoven

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We are looking for a Postdoc in the area of design and design research methodologies to support our team of HCI design researchers. It is a 2-year position intended to start November 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Part-time implementations are negotiable.

Job description

As a postdoc you work in a team of design researchers and interaction design students on methodological development in HCI design research within the context of future energy use. Specifically, you will build on the teams' existing research in co-performance[1], non-humanist design[2] and rich interaction[3].

Important challenges for HCI design lie in the shared agency, shared intentionality, and increased complexities in the relationships and interactions between humans and technologies. Systems of smart things, characterized by Internet of Things (IoT), distributed intelligence, and Big Data, as examples, extends and transcends current physical computing to enable and challenge designers to design holistically and systemically in regard to human-technology practices, transformations, and impacts. To address these challenges and leverage the opportunities for designers, there is a growing need for post-human design research and design strategies that extend past human-centered approaches. These approaches will enable researchers and designers to stay on top of and anticipate the role of smart systems in everyday life and educate future designers of such systems to responsibly deal with the potential effects of this shift in role of both technologies and humans.

To further this research agenda, you will work within the context of energy use, and in particular the challenge of transitioning towards sustainable energy systems that support desirable future ways of living. We see in this domain that the meeting of the challenges and innovating on the opportunities of designing systems of smart things is both relevant and needed. With shifts towards renewable energy provision, it is clear that smart systems (including humans and things) are needed to match increasingly distributed and fluctuating patterns of supply with patterns of use. At the same time, developments towards the smart home are shown to increase levels of energy demand of households. Energy (and climate change) are topics that are high on national (NWA) and international (H2020) research agenda's.

Your tasks
The objective of this postdoc position is to contribute to establishing a research agenda and research outcomes that address the challenges and opportunities of designing (for) systems of smart things in the domain of sustainable and desirable energy futures. Focus will lie on supporting the team in developing post-human design research strategies and design methodologies drawing on ideas of co-performance, non-humanist design, and rich interaction.
                Your tasks are threefold. Firstly, you will help articulate and publish past and current research achievements related to education.
                Secondly, you will support the team to develop better links between fundamental design research taking a post-human perspective and the needs and interests of academic, industry and other partners through the execution and facilitation of research through design studies
                Thirdly, you will support and contribute to the positioning of the research and communicating of that positioning externally to develop consortium partners to tackle national (NWO), European (e.g. Horizon 2020) and international grant applications (Trans-Atlantic Platforms). This includes assisting the team in building a network in energy through partner scoping and visits, and organising partner seminars and workshops to jointly work towards a consortium as the basis for future proposals.

[1] Lenneke Kuijer and Elisa Giaccardi. 2018. Co-performance: Conceptualizing the Role of Artificial Agency in the Design of Everyday Life. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 125, 13 pages

[2] Ron Wakkary, Doenja Oogjes, Sabrina Hauser, Henry Lin, Cheng Cao, Leo Ma, and Tijs Duel. 2017. Morse Things: A Design Inquiry into the Gap Between Things and Us. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 503-514

[3] Frens, J. (2006). A rich user interface for a digital camera. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 10(2-3), 177-180.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


We are looking for candidates that have:
  • Completed (or are about to complete) a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Design Research, Science and Technology Studies, Philosophy of Technology or a closely related topic
  • A track record of publications (preferably including first authored ones) in HCI and/or design research venues and journals
  • Experience with research through design approaches and (preferably) prototyping of (high-fidelity) interactive systems/research products
  • Affinity with social theory / post-human theories
  • Experience working in the area of energy/IoT/the home context
  • A track record of working in multidisciplinary teams
  • (Preferably) experience/affinity with funding applications and consortium building

  • (Preferably) experience in teaching
  • Good communication skills: fluency in English is mandatory.

Conditions of employment

We are offering:
  • A full-time temporary appointment for a period of 2 years
  • A gross monthly salary between € 3.255 and € 4.274 (on a full-time basis), depending on experience and knowledge;
  • A yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • A yearly end-of-year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities, parental and maternity leave). 
    About TU/e, Industrial Design and Future Everyday
    TU/e is a leading international university specializing in Engineering Science & Technology. With high quality education and research, TU/e ensures the progress of technical sciences and the development of technological innovations. TU/e is located in a highly industrialized region in the Netherlands, known as the 'Brainport'. This region is internationally recognized as a top technology area with a special focus on the integration of design and technology. The department of Industrial Design at TU/e is internationally recognized for its scientific research on the design of systems with emerging technologies in a societal context. We excel at the acquisition and execution of projects where 'integration of emerging technology into everyday life' and 'application of technology in a societal context' play a major role. The Future Everyday research group investigates the everyday interactions between people and the highly interconnected technology that surrounds them.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V51.3972


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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