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PhD Campus of the future

The PhD candidate should serve as a connector and interpreter in campus management and design processes. The indicative tasks of the PhD researcher are: to …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


The PhD candidate should serve as a connector and interpreter in campus management and design processes. The indicative tasks of the PhD researcher are:

  • to study and use the most effective briefing (programme of requirement) techniques;
  • to explore trends in learning and working environments, research infrastructure, accommodating a multinational community and using the campus as a living lab;
  • to collect insights (international benchmarks) from sustainable innovations (circularity, climate design, energy systems) and societal urgencies (physical and mental health, identity and community, heritage and legacy, safety and security);
  • to assess the organisational, financial, functional and physical (sustainable) characteristics of innovative campus solutions;
  • to translate trends and solutions in building blocks for a brief (programme of requirements) for the campus of the future. 

The PhD candidate will become a member of TU Delft's Campus Research Team with professors, postdocs, PhDs, MSc students in its international network. Current projects include the European campus (postdoc), smart campus tools (PhD), business models for circular facades (PhD) campus energy systems (PhD). The postdoc will also be engaged in the university's campus decision making, aligning with TU Delft policy - also using TU Delft Campus as a living lab to demonstrate and implement innovations - and contributing to other campus goals which are summarized in TU Delft's "Strategic Framework 2018-2024" (identity, community, excellence etc.). The PhD will therefore also spend a few days per week at TU Delft's department of Campus Real Estate (CRE).   

In order to create a maximum exchange between science and the CRE practice the PhD candidate will spend on average two days a week at CRE and the remaining time at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The yearly work plan will be made and approved by the promotor, the director of the CRE department, and the PhD candidate. The candidate should regularly report about his/her work, both orally in progress meetings as well as in writing deliverable reports. He/she should disseminate his/her work, amongst others through publications in scientific journals and conferences. The publications will be combined in a PhD thesis. Academic supervisors: Prof. Alexandra den Heijer and daily supervisor Assistant professor Monique Arkesteijn; supervisors from campus management practice (CRE).


We are looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented MSc graduate who ideally:

  • has a relevant MSc degree combined with a broad interest in connecting different research fields (generalist);
  • understands different scientific languages, from economics to sustainability, from psychology to organisational sciences;
  • has affinity with design, management and economy;
  • combines the skills to collect/produce facts (policy, goals), images and figures (people, m2, euros, kWh);
  • will participate in activities of the CRE department with partial briefing building blocks which are related to the scientific work;
  • will participate in national and international network organisations related to university campus management;
  • will guide students on the campus of the future and briefing;
  • has proven team-working capabilities and communication skills, preferably having some experience in academic publishing;
  • is willing to start as soon as possible.

Applicants should have a (nearly) completed MSc thesis obtained at an internationally recognised institution and have a keen interest in the topics to be investigated in the project, preferably demonstrated by previous work on similar topics. The researcher will become an expert in briefing and the campus of the future.


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. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. Alexandra den Heijer, a.c.denheijer@tudelft.nl. For information about the context of this vacancy see managingtheuniversitycampus.nl; https://www.tudelft.nl/en/architecture-and-the-built-environment/about-the-faculty/departments/management-in-the-built-environment/organisation/chairs/public-real-estate/