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Post-doc researchers Consulting Room of the Future, integration between healthcare and technology

Post-doc researchers Consulting Room of the Future, integration between healthcare and technology (one position based at Erasmus MC and one based at TU …

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Post-doc researchers Consulting Room of the Future, integration between healthcare and technology (one position based at Erasmus MC and one based at TU Delft).

Erasmus MC department of Internal Medicine and TU Delft faculty of Industrial Design have joined forces to design the consulting room in the year 2030. Technological innovations such as virtual reality, speech to speech translation, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, wearables, chatbots, teleconsulting and telemonitoring are drastically changing the consultation room of the future, with large implications for doctor and patient. Healthcare has traditionally centered around the bricks and mortar of a hospital, a physical space where doctor and patient interact. But that has changed: healthcare is transforming into a system no longer defined by physical space. The practice of medicine has changed in a relative short time from a system where the exchange of information went mainly through personal, physical interactions with patients and colleagues, to a system that is dominated by information technology.

The doctor-patient interaction most commonly takes place in the Consulting Room (Spreekkamer in Dutch). Whatever the complaint, wherever the location, be it the GP’s office, the hospital, an out-patient clinic or an emergency room, the interaction is within the domain of the so-called Consulting Room. Not much has changed in the consulting room in the last decades. The only ‘innovation’, namely the arrival of a computer in the room, sometimes has the unfavourable by-effect that the communication between the patient and the specialist competes with the computer screen and keyboard. However, since the introduction of the computer many more new technologies have been launched. A more holistic approach is needed that considers all the different stakeholders, and that goes beyond the current system and economic boundaries of healthcare. There is a real challenge in the transition from the traditional healthcare system to the future. How are healthcare professionals going to make new opportunities such as telemedicine, wearables and AI part of everyday practice? Depending on how these new propositions are designed they can either greatly enhance doctor-patient engagement, or drastically move away from it.

In the coming years the Consultation Room of the Future research program will focus on technology development, health technology assessment and associated human factors. One postdoctoral researcher is already selected and will be positioned at Erasmus MC (department of Internal Medicine) and this vacancy is about the postdoc at the TU Delft (faculty of Industrial Design). Both postdoctoral researchers will work together closely and there is an intensive collaboration between the research groups and other departments and faculties within Erasmus MC and TU Delft.

As a postdoctoral researcher you will play a central role in the Consultation Room of the Future research program. You will coordinate and supervise research based from the department of Internal Medicine at Erasmus MC or the faculty of Industrial Design at TU Delft. You will be responsible for new grant proposals that build on the Consultation Room of the Future research program, the day-to-day supervision of PhD and master students and the general logistics of the program, including accountability to grant providers. You will work together closely with medical staff and engineers.

Whereas technology and the patient centered approach plays a role in all projects, the postdoc from Erasmus MC has more expertise in the medical domain (value-based healthcare, medical education) and the TUD postdoc has more human centered and technological expertise (healthcare design, data science, smart technology).    


We offer a challenging and varied job with societal impact where healthcare and technology interact in content as well as in the close collaboration between Erasmus MC and TU Delft. This postdoctoral position offers the opportunity to develop in different areas (academics/healthcare/engineering/ehealth), gain experience in leadership and build a large network.

Qualifications and skills

  • A PhD in medicine, technical medicine, engineering, health sciences or related fields;
  • Affinity with technology, healthcare and innovation is essential;
  • Affinity with eHealth, big data, AI and digital health;
  • Affinity with the development and execution of innovative healthcare projects;
  • Good publication record and scientific writing skills;
  • A proactive, hands-on mentality, flexible and independent;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Proficiency in the Dutch language is welcome, but not a prerequisite;
  • Highly motivated and a team-player.


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. Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. R. Goossens, head of the department of Industrial Design, e-mail: r.h.m.goossens@tudelft.nl

For information about the selection procedure, please contact A. Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, HR secretary ID-department, email: afdelingID-personeelszaken-IO@tudelft.nl