Assistant Professor in Activating Design

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 18 Aug 2024

4 Jun 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)
Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

18 Aug 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

The department of Architecture would like to open 1 position for an Assistant Professor to work on the theme of Activating Design and Co-Creation within the section of Building Knowledge. This is a fully funded position by the sector plan Design Engineering Science. The selected candidate will contribute and develop both research and teaching under the guidance of the scientific staff of the academic group of Complex Projects.

The term ‘Activating Design’ is introduced by the group of Complex Projects as an approach to investigate the role of architectural design as a communication engine and enabler of collaboration, as opposed to the traditional understanding of a mere outcome. Architectural design is both an inventory and a curated representation of the available knowledge about an integrated project. The design process is guided by a shared narrative that is continuously updated with the input of stakeholders and design participants. In an iterative process of optioneering, multiple possibilities are tested against the knowledge of stakeholders. This requires expert insights that are shared in a comprehensive way for the assessment and optimization of design options. Design co-creators should be able to constantly check the design development and test it against initial requirements and keep those up to date relative to latest state of the design.

From an architectural design perspective:

  • How can we improve architectural design process in terms of collaboration with future users or other stakeholders?
  • How do we structure the complex design process in such a way that user’s input finds its way towards a fluent design process and building development?
  • How do emerging technologies regarding the design practice help to achieve collective commitment?

The position explores the interdisciplinary architectural design practice, and the responsible adoption of new technologies to face the digital, societal and environmental transitions. The aim is to develop innovative design thinking theories and integrated approaches for a co-creative design process. It underscores the relation between data and (shared) narrative in the pursuit of sustainable and collaborative urban and architectural design.

As an Assistant Professor, you will inspire colleagues and students through research and education, both in courses (existing and to be developed) and project-oriented education. You are expected to help acquiring funding for new research projects from different national and international funding schemes and contribute to organizational tasks and valorisation of the group work.

Specific Requirements

The candidate has:

  • A PhD degree in architecture, urban design, spatial planning, management of the built environment, computational design, or a related spatially aware discipline.
  • Preferably a Post Doc or an equivalent of at least two years of post-PhD experience.
  • A proven interest in the integrated design approach and in the data-driven design processes.
  • Familiarity with integrated building models (BIM) and geographic information systems (e.g. ArcGIS).
  • Scientific skills, as demonstrated by previous research and publications.
  • Communication, networking, and collaboration skills, as demonstrated by other activities.
  • Work experience in the field of architecture and urban design.
  • Nice to have demonstrated leadership skills in working with multiple stakeholders
  • Have a good command of English (oral and written) and (preferably) Dutch.

Additional Information

This position is offered as an Academic Career Track position (0.8 FTE). During the Academic Career Track, we expect you to grow towards an Associate Professor position within a maximum of eight years, for which a position will be available. With other Academic Career Track colleagues, you will participate in the Academic Career Track Development programme, where you are offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of Education, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation. You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on a personalized development plan and performance criteria agreed upon at the start of your Academic Career Track. You will start with a temporary contract that will be converted to a permanent contract no later than 12 -18 months after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme as part of the Academic Career Track Development programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.
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 and you can work partly from home.
For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please submit the following documents:

  • Your motivation letter.
  • Your extensive CV.
  • A short reflection about research and teaching that includes a summary of your area of interest and future plans (max 1 page A4).
  • Contact information of three persons who can provide references.
  • A publication list.
  • An abstract of your PhD thesis (max 1 page).
  • Links to two publications most valuable to you.

The first round of interviews will take place in the first week of September 2024. Selected candidates will be invited after the summer.

Please note:

  • You must apply via the "Apply now" button. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Manuela Triggianese via [email protected] and Kees Kaan via [email protected] .

For information about the application procedure, please contact Caro Coemans, HR Advisor, via [email protected] .

The position will remain open until , August 15th, 2024 (local Dutch time + 2 hrs). You must apply via the "Apply now" button. Applications via email will not be processed.

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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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