Postdoc Future Engineering Skills

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 12 Jun 2024

17 May 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

12 Jun 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is looking for a post-doc researcher within the Innovation for Delft Engineering Education (IDEE) initiative, on the theme “Future Engineering Skills”.

You will work in a cross-faculty research team of more than twenty TU Delft staff members, an educational development specialist, PhD student and student assistants. The group works on four work packages and conducts educational research with respect to: (1) finding and analysing current good practices and helping to create an inventory of what skills are desired from engineers by potential employers; (2) co-developing pilot teaching activities focusing on various transdisciplinary skills on the basis of theory, literature and best practices; (3) testing these activities and investigating how transdisciplinary skills may develop in practice and create a knowledge base on how various skills could be taught; (4) inform and assist the team in activities on institution wide educational development with respect to future engineering skills. You will work closely with a PhD student on making the inventory of TUD inventories on transdisciplinary skills.

For this post-doc position, you will work on the first two workpackages. You will explore what are the current skills taught as part of TU Delft’s engineering education. Your initial goal will be to produce an overview of skills, strategies, and tools for our students, our teachers, and our organization at large. You will define the common ground within the theme and explore various dimensions of the theme through the perspectives of students and teachers, theories and concepts, and means and methods.

You will develop a theoretical framework by seeking answers to questions such as:

  • Which skills are currently taught at TU Delft? What do we know about the learning outcomes? How does the above skills are embedded in the current curriculum?
  • What are the skills engineers need or should have for their future work? Does the view on these skills differ between society, employers, students and the different faculties of TUD?
  • How can future skills (identified above) best be embedded, taught and learned based on theoretical insights and tacit knowledge?

You will be coordinating and implementing work on:

  • Literature review on the current paradigms and endeavors in relation to future engineering skills, with the focus on teaching the teachers.
  • Creating a platform/repository for learning initiatives.

- Workshops, panel talks, and interviews with a wide and diverse group of students, teachers, educational managers, and other stakeholders to gain insight into the different perspectives of what skills are needed to be taught at TUD.

- Setting up a teach the teacher pragramme to embed future engineering skills teaching strategies into TUD curricula.

Specific Requirements

You have:

  • A PhD related and not limited to education sciences, engineering education research, policies or management.
  • Experience with publishing scientific results in academic journals.
  • Strong experience in designing, performing and analysing qualitative research methods, including systematic literature review, interviews and focus groups.
  • Teaching experience (or proven interest) on subjects within TU Delft disciplines related to engineering, social science, design or applied sciences (desired, not compulsory)
  • Experience with organizing round tables and workshops, and writing policy recommendations.
  • Experience or interest in educational design and innovation.
  • Familiarity with contemporary theories and philosophy of (engineering) education.
  • Strong social, communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong interest in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Good command of verbal and written English. Dutch language is an asset (not compulsory) .

Additional Information

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 12 June 2024 via the application button and upload:

  • A motivation letter (2 A4 pages).
  • A CV that includes education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.
  • A research statement that includes applicant's vision on the theme, supported by relevant publications (2 A4 pages).
  • A diversity statement (optional).
  • Names and contact details of at least two references.

Please note:

  • The Interviews will take place in the third week of June. Selected applicants should be available from June 17th - June 28th for interview.
  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Hanieh Khodaei ([email protected] ), Dr. Eva Kalmar ([email protected] ) and Dr Ajay Jagadeesh ([email protected] ).

Additional comments

The outcomes of this two-year position include, but are not limited to:

  • Publications such as conference proceedings and journal papers.
  • An international workshop or a round-table session to involve feedback from other universities.
  • A symposium that will introduce common ground to all actors in the university and stimulate a larger group toward the goal of the theme.

Institutional setting of this PD position

This PD position is part of the Initiative on Innovation in Delft Engineering Education (IDEE). IDEE is a cross-faculty program for innovations and research in engineering education for degree programs at TU Delft. This PD project is one of the research projects within IDEE at TU Delft. The candidate will work in close vicinity of the other IDEE PhD and PD candidates, supported by Scientific Expert and the TU Delft Teaching Academy.

TU Delft Teaching Academy

The Teaching Academy is the network for and by lecturers of TU Delft with the mission to collaboratively enhance engineering education and drive education innovations across faculty boundaries. Learn more about the Teaching Academy via

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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Mekelweg 2
Postal Code

2628 CD


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