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PhD Implementing effects of light on humans in the lighting design process

The Building Lighting group of the Department of the Built Environment of Eindhoven University of Technology has a PhD position open in lighting design incoorperating the visual and Non-Image forming effects of light, in the context of a larger European project (MSCA-ITN project LIGHTCAP).

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


The Building Lighting (BL) group is seeking one enthusiastic, ambitious young researcher to work in our team as PhD candidate on the following:

Translating the knowledge on how light impacts visual performance, human health, behavior, and well-being into lighting design recommendations. In this project, you will investigate how any given lighting condition can be evaluated within a quality scheme. This quality scheme depends on different static and dynamic parameters e.g. time and activity, and consider state of the art insights in both image-forming (IF) and non-image forming (NIF) effects. Key quality aspects will be validated in a real-life situation, e.g. an operational office environment. The end product will be recommendations for a holistic lighting design translated in a lighting simulation tool.

Your research will be conducted in the Building Lighting Group embedded in TU/e's Intelligent Lighting Institute.

The LIGHTCAP (www.lightcap.eu) project is a European Training Network under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions framework. LIGHTCAP aims to provide a strong, innovative and necessary impulse to our insights in the intricate and complex relationships between light, cognition, attention, and perception. LIGHTCAP is an international, interdisciplinary, cross-sectional and translational training program. It unites experts from neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, chronobiology, psychology and lighting technology.

15 early stage researchers will be trained in a joint program with 8 academic partners:

  • Building Lighting group at Eindhoven University of Technology;

  • Human-Technology Interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology;

  • Centre for Biological Timing at the University of Manchester;
  • Lighting and Visual Perception group of the University of Sheffield;
  • GIGA-Cyclotron Research Centre-In Vivo Imaging of the University of Liège;
  • Centre for Chronobiology of the University of Basel;
  • Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Lighting Technology group of the Technical University of Berlin.

These groups will be working together and with the solid consortium of industrial/academic partners research visits, consortium meetings and a joint training program.


To be eligible for recruitment within an MSCA-ITN project, you must - at the date of recruitment:

  1. be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have a doctoral degree.
  2. not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before your start date.
Specific requirements:
  • A master's degree or an equivalent university degree in (Building) Engineering
  • Experience with and affinity for lighting design in relation to human related aspects
  • Experience with lighting design tools like Radiance, Grasshopper, etc. is a pre

General requirements:
  • A strong interest in lighting and psychological research
  • Expertise with empirical research with humans
  • A research oriented attitude
  • Strong conceptual thinking and planning skills; you are creative and proactive
  • Ability to work in an international and interdisciplinary team and interested in collaborating with industrial partners.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English


We offer you

• A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.

• Various opportunity's to collaborate with other researchers, academic, and industrial partners within the MSCA-ITN LIGHTCAP program. This comprises visits, consortium meetings, and a joint training program.

• A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after one year.

• To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).

• A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.

• Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary. Your total pay will also be in accordance with the allowances of the MSCA work program.

• A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.

• Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Additional information


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Mariëlle Aarts, m.p.j.aarts [at]tue.nl or +31 40 247 2900.

Information about the employment conditions can be found here: https://www.tue.nl/en/working-at-tue/why-tue/compensation-and-benefits/


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∙ Detailed Curriculum vitae,

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