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PhD: The Circular Kitchen

Developing a kitchen prototype for a circular building environment

ongeveer een jaar geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


Creating a circular built environment is one of the main challenges of today. Gradually replacing building components by circular components is one of the ways to realise this. The PhD researcher/designer will develop the design and business model for one of these components: the circular kitchen. This kitchen will be developed into a prototype, applied in demonstration homes, and at the end of the PhD project will be ready for distribution on the market. The PhD candidate will lead this R&D project in co-creation with industry partners and colleagues from the TU Delft.


The researcher preferably has an MSc in Industrial Design or Architecture. Proven interest in the topic of the study through previously conducted design or research activities in the area of circularity in the built environment will be an advantage for the selection of the candidate. The candidate is ideally a native Dutch speaker (or with proven advanced level Dutch) and should also have good communication and writing skills in English. The PhD should like to work closely with industry and have a feel for project management.


The 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.phd.tudelft.nl for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Vincent Gruis, phone: +31 (0)6-14986464, e-mail:
v.h.gruis@tudelft.nl. To apply, please send a detailed CV along with a letter of application and preferably your portfolio by 1 March 2018 to Celia Moualed, HR-BK@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2018-02.

Additional information

Vincent Gruis
+31 (0)6-14986464     

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around €38 million, of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The Department of Management in the Built Environment (MBE) provides education and conducts scientific research about the management and development of supply and demand of real estate. It has about 80 employees and four core disciplines: Design and Construction Management, Housing, Real Estate Management, and Urban Development Management. Approximately 80 students follow the international Mastertrack MBE each year.

The chair of Housing Management focuses on investment decisions made by actors on the housing market (households, housing associations, developers, investors, construction companies, and municipalities) and the way in which they organise themselves to adapt housing to changing demand and societal challenges.