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Postdoc position in the area of: Design for Play and Learning

We are looking for a full-time postdoc in the field of Human-Computer Interaction with a strong affinity with design research on playfulness. The position is available in the Systemic Change group, Industrial Design Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands.

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


It is a 2-year position intended to start February 1st 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

As a post-doc you will work within a team of researchers / designers / graduate students on literature studies related to playful characteristics and design, and on design, prototyping and field-evaluation of interactive systems that incorporate playful characteristic to motivate user groups in various domains such as formal / informal learning, and health and wellbeing.

The post-doc work will be closely linked to the work in several ongoing projects, such as the development of playful learning environments, and the European project COMnPLAY that examines the role of fun in informal and formal science learning.

The aim of this position is to conduct research on the role of playful properties in the design of interactive products and systems, e.g. through literature studies and design research. Another aim is to write consolidation papers related to several of our ongoing projects in this area and to help setting up and managing our stakeholder network.

Candidates are expected to have advanced skills in 'designing with playful properties', interaction design and design research, and we expect a relevant publication record and convincing portfolio of work.

The Postdoc will work on:

  • Conducting literature studies to further develop the playful properties framework
  • Conceptualizing, designing and prototyping interactive systems that incorporate playful properties
  • Conducting (qualitative) field-research in the domain of informal/ formal learning and/or healthy lifestyles
  • Supervising relevant student projects
  • Publishing in high-standard international journals and conferences in the field of HCI
  • Building and maintaining relevant professional networks
  • Setting up project proposals and applying for funding for future research

About TU/e, Industrial Design and the Systemic Change Group

TU/e is a leading international university specializing in Engineering Science & Technology. With high quality education and research, TU/e ensures the progress of technical sciences and the development of technological innovations. TU/e is located in a highly industrialized region in the Netherlands, known as the 'Brainport'. This region is internationally recognized as a top technology area with a special focus on the integration of design and technology. The department of Industrial Design at TU/e is internationally recognized for its scientific research on the design of systems with emerging technologies in a societal context. We excel at the acquisition and execution of projects where 'integration of emerging technology into everyday life' and 'application of technology in a societal context' play a major role.

The Systemic Change cluster focuses on designing innovations that have impact on systemic structures and groups of people, ultimately aiming to address large-scale issues such as urban health, future mobility and sustainability. Field data is used in novel iterative and circular research-through-design processes involving strategic alliances of stakeholders.


We are looking for candidates who have

  • Completed (or are about to complete) a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Play and Games, Educational Technologies, or a closely related topic
  • Experience with conducting literature studies.
  • Experience in bridging between theory and design.
  • Experience with interaction design research and (preferably) prototyping of interactive systems
  • Experience in designing, planning and conducting (qualitative) research and field-evaluations of interactive systems
  • Experience working with diverse target groups, preferably in the domain of the home, education and/or informal learning settings
  • Publication experience in high-quality HCI conferences/journals
  • Experience with working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Good communication skills: fluency in English in mandatory, speaking Dutch is preferable.
  • (Preferably) experience in applying for funding
  • (Preferably) experience in supervising students


We are offering:
  • A full-time temporary appointment for a period of 2 years
  • A gross monthly salary between € 2.972 and € 4.274 (on a full-time basis), depending on experience and knowledge;
  • A yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • A yearly end-of-year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities, parental and maternity leave).

Additional information

More information about TU/e and the Industrial Design Department, can be found on https://www.tue.nl/en/. Candidates can get more information about this position from prof.dr.ir. Tilde Bekker, phone +31(0)40 247 5239, e-mail: m.m.bekker[at]tue.nl. If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact HR Services Industrial Design, tel. +31(0)40 247 5336, email: HR-IndustrialDesign[at]tue.nl.

Your application must include the following documents:
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in and motivation for this post-doc position (approximately 1 page)
  • A research statement briefly describing your research accomplishments and future research plans and ambitions (approximately 1 page)
  • An extensive curriculum vitae including publication list
  • Up to three names with email addresses of people that are willing to act as references

Please note that you can upload one document with a maximum of 10 MB.

If you are interested, we invite you to apply immediately, and not later than 15 December 2019. You can apply by pressing the 'apply for this job' button for this vacancy. Applications per email are not accepted. Screening of candidates will commence immediately and will stop once a candidate has been found. Earlier applications thus are more likely to receive consideration. We plan to have the interviews in the first and second week of January 2020.