Postdoc Position Ubiquitious Computing and Urban Internet of Things

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral associate position at Delft University of Technology. This position is open until filled.

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 Industrial Design Engineering consists of three departments: Industrial Design Engineering (ID), Design Engineering (DE) and Product Innovation Management (PIM)

The Design Engineering Department is a centre for system-oriented product development and innovation, manufactoring to sustainability. The aim of our work is to empower designers through breakthrough technology innovations and to contribute to the innovative capability and competitiveness of the creative industry sector.

The Internet of Things research group at TU Delft is looking for a postdoctoral researcher as part of the NWO-funded "Smart Bridge" project, to investigate and develop sensor-based interactive experiences for a 3D-printed smart bridge in Amsterdam.

The Smart Bridge project – a collaboration between MX3D, Autodesk, Twente University, TU Delft, the City of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions – will realise the world’s first 3D printed, Internet-of-Things connected steel bridge in Amsterdam ([]). The project investigates how designers, engineers and citizens can utilise rapid urban manufacturing and IoT technologies for designing urban space that expresses its intelligence from the intersection of people, places, activities and technology, not merely from the presence of cutting-edge technology. |

For this project, we are seeking a postdoc researchers with strong development skills to investigate and develop data-driven interactive experiences for the smart bridge. Integrating sensor into the bridge makes it not only possible to monitor the structural behaviour of the bridge, but also to analyse human behaviours and urban dynamics on and around the bridge. The aim of this research is to understand how data from the bridge can be used to "open up" the bridge and make it legible for experts and non-experts alike.

The focus of this postdoc research is on the technical realisation of data-driven interactive experiences for the smart bridge. The postdoc will work with data scientists from Autodesk, design researchers from TU Delft, computer scientists from Twente University and 3D printing experts from MX3D to develop an interactive infrastructure for the smart bridge that turns data insights into interactive visual experiences. The project uses a living lab approach with development and testing to be conducted on site, before, during and after bridge construction in the centre of Amsterdam.

The ideal candidate is proactive, highly motivated, and independent, and has proven experience in building and deploying Internet of Things systems systems in the real world.

- Excellent English skills both in written and oral form (Dutch language skills are a plus but not required)

Experience with smart lighting systems is a plus. Data analytics and machine learning skills are useful but not mandatory. However, the postdoc should have the ability to effectively collaborate with data scientists.

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.

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. Gerd Kortuem, email:

For information about the selection procedure, please contact DE Secretariat, email:

Applications should be sent by email to Secr-DE-IO@tudelft.


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