Post-doc: Things As Citizens (PACT Project)

The post-doc will work within the AMS-funded project PACT (Pure Air in Cities of Things) led by Professor Elisa Giaccardi, Connected Everyday Lab.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a known concept for the ...

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Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 4084 per maand


The post-doc will work within the AMS-funded project PACT (Pure Air in Cities of Things) led by Professor Elisa Giaccardi, Connected Everyday Lab.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a known concept for the smart city vision of the future. However, current implementations are often limited to sensing only: the Internet as dashboard, with sensors in the real world. In this arrangement, urban innovation stops at collecting data, visualising it on an app, and opening it for insights. But how fast could the city adapt if things in the real world could respond to data? If they could not only sense but also act?

PACT (Pure Air for Cities of Things) aims to develop novel methods and tools for understanding and demonstrating how intelligent things can act in concert with people and connect to existing data and cloud services. The project will use the context of urban air purification as a concrete and relevant case, but results are expected to be applicable also to other contexts (energy production, circular economies, mobility, etc.). The goal is to bring together companies, cities, citizens, and intelligent things into a ‘more-than-human’ collaboration to generate, prototype, and validate design hypotheses for flexible and responsive urban infrastructures.


We are looking for a researcher with a PhD in Interaction Design or a related field, preferably with experience in data-driven systems, intelligent actuation, and design thinking. Previous experience with grant writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public engagement is desirable. The position is open immediately until filled and is initially limited to one year. The work will take place in Delft and Amsterdam. Fluency in English is a requirement.  


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.

For more information about this position, please contact Elisa Giaccardi, e-mail: Applications should contain:
• a cover letter (max. 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interests, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position;
• a full Curriculum Vitae
• if applicable, a (link to) your portfolio or other examplars of your experience in interaction design.   
Please e-mail your application to Elisa Giaccardi,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number AT/IO-0744.

Additional information

Elisa Giaccardi

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognized level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Industrial Design Engineering The Department of Industrial Design (ID) is recognized as an international leader in design research and was ranked as excellent by an international review panel in 2015. Research and education in ID is clustered in research groups focusing on subjects such as prototyping in design thinking, everyday futures, and social design. The department houses the ID-StudioLab, a unique interdisciplinary design research community that includes staff from all research groups and facilitates design-driven research and education.


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