Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track) Designing and Evaluating Energy Behaviour Interventions

Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track) Designing and Evaluating Energy Behaviour Interventions

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Job description

The candidate will contribute to fundamental design knowledge and methods in understanding and shaping energy related behaviour. In the context of the energy transition, the role of energy prosumers will be considered towards fostering energy democracy, given use and sharing of renewable energy resources along with technologies such as machine learning, the Internet of Things and blockchain. At the societal level the work will contribute to the adoption of energy-efficient practices in existing and energy-efficient houses and commercial buildings.

More broadly, the tenure tracker should aim to develop an understanding of how design can fulfill individual needs and improve long-term personal well-being, while contributing to healthy and sustainable living and work, by impacting people’s behaviour, experience, and practices. An understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and ethical values of energy use and consumption in everyday life would be valued.      


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Candidates should have a PhD-degree in design, the social sciences or other related fields. Candidates should preferably also have a Post Doc or the equivalent of at least two years of post-PhD experience. The candidate should have experience with research through design, participatory design, and methods for behavioural change and ethnographic field techniques. Prototyping and data visualization skills would be an asset for this position. Experience and demonstrated leadership skills in working with multiple stakeholders, including the public and private sectors is a plus.

We are looking for colleagues who can excel in an interdisciplinary environment where designers and researchers work independently across research groups, and together contribute to the larger research agenda of the department. Candidates should be at ease in conducting interdisciplinary work at the intersection between practice, research, and education. Through research and teaching, candidates should be able to inspire colleagues and students. Candidates are invited to apply for the position by explaining in an original research statement their view on the above-mentioned challenges.     

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Tenure Track.

At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant or Associate Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.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.TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff.  TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.


Technische Universiteit Delft

Delft University of Technology (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. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Faculty Industrial Design Engineering

The faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is the largest and broadest scientific design institute in the world, with over 2,000 students, 7,000 alumni and 300 staff (researchers and lecturers, including designers from industrial practice). The faculty aims to contribute to a better living environment and respond to social challenges by combining human values and desires with technological feasibility and economic viability. We are excellently placed to do so, as we ground design methods and skills in scientific knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, leading to concrete solutions.

A tenure track position for Assistant/Associate Professor is offered within the department of Industrial Design (ID). The department ID is recognized as an international leader in design research and was ranked excellent by an international review panel in 2015. Our research and education focusing on topics like design for happiness, prototyping in design thinking, design aesthetics, future interactions, ergonomics and social design. The department also houses the ID-StudioLab, a unique interdisciplinary design research community that facilitates design-driven research and education. We believe that a professional designer needs scientific knowledge and the skills to use systematic methods, techniques and tools. We teach future designers to conceptualize products and services that are understandable and stimulate meaningful experiences. We develop and improve the knowledge and skills that help designers and researchers contribute to relevant societal challenges and to have an impact.

The position is part of the sustainability theme in the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. The theme covers a wide spectrum of sustainability principles, including circular design, consumer behavior and design for behavior change. The latter theme is central to this position. The department of Industrial Design is active in the Urban Energy platform and PowerWeb institute These groups serve to link research on Energy with other activities at the university level, including joint projects on campus. The department is also involved in a number of national and European projects relating to energy and behavior, including the recently granted ENERGE project.


  • Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • Natural sciences
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3637—€5039 per month
  • Doctorate
  • ATIO 0798


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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