Associate Professor of System Design in Mobility/mobility Design

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a professor position. The funding allows successful candidates to work for six years in the first instance. Applications should be sumbmitted as soon as possible.

The faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is the largest and broadest scientific design institute in the world, with over 2,000 students, more than 6,000 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.

The Faculty of IDE consists of three departments: Product Innovation Management (PIM), Industrial Design (ID), and Design Engineering (DE), which brings together three important interrelated perspectives: Business, People, and Technology. The Associate Professor will be embedded in the Department of Product Innovation Management (PIM).

The Associate Professor of System Design in Mobility/Mobility Design will conduct research and publish in the interface of mobility, design, innovation processes, systems and engineering. Specifically, the Associate Professor will lead the existing cross-departmental research programme People in Transit within the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. This research programme aims to generate new scientific knowledge, meaningful solutions, innovation processes and design methodologies that can provide people a seamless experience while travelling (e.g., commuting, leisure, business). This also includes goods, like luggage and cargo (e.g., inner city deliveries). Today's transport systems are becoming increasingly complex as a result of the great number of stakeholders that are involved in implementing new technologies that have an impact on travelling. It is this complex environment that asks for a system design approach to develop user- and supplier-centred design solutions in this networked environment. A system design approach requires consideration of the entire network within the context of its environment and knowledge of design methodologies and design thinking in order to design interconnected (human and non-human) systems that operate together so that the whole system functions successfully. In partnering with organisations in the field, the research programme People in Transit seeks to not only create scientific and societal value but ensures economic prosperity as an outcome of design. The Associate Professor will contribute to this by collaborating with partners internally and externally to conduct research projects in the real context of people in transit. At the moment, several research collaborations (e.g., KLM, Vanderlande) are in progress. We expect the Associate Professor to contribute to running projects as well as to establish new initiatives.

The main tasks of the Associate Professor of System Design in Mobility will be to lead and contribute to the domain described above through research and education. In particular, he/she will develop a research agenda related to this domain, supervise staff members and PhD candidates, and acquire funding to employ staff/research students to execute this agenda. It is further expected that the Associate Professor will take up important organisational and leadership roles at both the departmental as well as the faculty level.

The Associate Professor will be actively involved in curriculum development at both the bachelor and master levels. He/she will also act as coordinator/supervisor for various courses, provide lectures about system design and mobility, and supervise (groups of) students.

We are searching for a colleague who has the ability and willingness to articulate the relevance of his/her work for design practice. We are looking for a person who thrives in an interdisciplinary environment, where designers and researchers are expected to work across research groups, and contribute to the larger research agenda of the department and the research themes of the faculty.

At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as 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 Associate Professor position or a procedure for a Full Professorship will be initiated.

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.

For information and questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Ir. Ruth Mugge (

To apply, please send a letter of application, a detailed CV anda vision on research and education (max. 3 pages) to


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