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Postdoc position: The Role of Sound in the Design of and Interaction with SoST

Postdoc position: The Role of Sound in the Design of and Interaction with Systems of Smart Things

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


Job description

We are looking for a talented researcher in the field of Human-Computer Interaction with a strong affinity with sound. The aim of this position is to conduct research on the role of sound in interactive Systems of Smart Things, and to develop tools that support designers in prototyping and experimenting with sound. Candidates are expected to have advanced skills in sound design, interaction design and design research, and we expect a relevant publication record and convincing portfolio of work.


Our experience of the world is inherently multimodal; in our day-to-day interactions we seamlessly combine the stimuli we receive into a holistic experience. Sound forms an integral part of this, embodying unique informational qualities when compared to e.g., the visual modality. However, when looking at current interaction design we observe that sound is relatively underexposed—and perhaps even undervalued; most designed interactions mainly address the visual and haptic modalities. Think for example of the plethora of capacitive multi-touch based interactions we have grown accustomed to with the commoditisation of the smart phone and tablet.

As powerful as these platforms may be, we see many opportunities for cutting-edge work designing for the auditory modality, especially in contexts where touch screen interactions are inappropriate or even impossible, or in contexts where it simply makes more sense to make use of the unique qualities of auditory information. Our main interest in this lies in how we will be interacting within the upcoming field of IoT systems or, as we refer to them, Systems of Smart Things (SoST). After all, if 'smartness' can be added to anything in our environment, should we then turn our smart environment in one big lived-in touch screen or consider a more holistic, humanistic interactive experience?

This postdoc position is aimed at exploring the role of sound in the design of and interaction with Systems of Smart Things, and setting up a strong, strategic basis in that field for the Department of Industrial Design. Potential application areas of the research include Health (e.g., in the hospital of professional care environment), the work environment, and in the evolving field of (autonomous) transportation.

Research position

The postdoc will be embedded in the scientific research and network of the Future Everyday (FE) research group of the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The FE group pursues groundbreaking research in interactive, intelligent products, systems and services. The research will be executed in close collaboration with academic and industrial stakeholders, and with students in our education programs. The Postdoc will be in charge of (1) supporting the setup of an initial research/design platform/infrastructure; (2) establishing and maintaining existing and new partnerships; and (3) setting up and writing research grants; (4) contributing to strategic publication and documentation. The Postdoc will strengthen the scientific program of the group in this area and publish in relevant communities (such as the relevant ACM conferences). The research is supervised by dr. Bart Hengeveld from the Future Everyday group in the Department of Industrial Design, TU/e.


Department of Industrial Design

Eindhoven University of Technology

Groene Loper 3, 5612 AE Eindhoven, The Netherland


The ideal candidate is pro-active, highly motivated, and independent, and has proven experience with designing prototyping technologies, end-user programming, software engineering, and open-source collaboration. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. We are looking for candidates that match the following profile:

  • A PhD degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Interaction Design, Industrial Design, or related disciplines with excellent grades.
  • Publication track record in conferences such as CHI, DIS, TEI, or ICAT, NIME.
  • Hands-on experience in designing tools and prototyping technologies, especially in the area of sound design.
  • A strong team player and communicator with organization skills.
  • Excellent English language skills (writing and presenting).

Affinity for design and designers.


We offer an exciting job in the Future Everyday group at the Department of Industrial Design. We are a vibrant community with state of the art facilities and make labs. Eindhoven and the Brainport region are an innovation hub with plenty of opportunities to connect and build your personal network. In this position we offer:
  • A full-time appointment with a perspective of two years (start date in the period Month 2019 - Month 2019) at Eindhoven University of Technology http://www.tue.nl/en/. The job will start with a one-year contract, and if the first year finishes with a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the second year.
  • 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).

Additional information

More information about the Department of Industrial Design can be found at https://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-design/.

Questions about this position should be addressed to dr. ir. Bart Hengeveld (b.j.hengeveld[at]tue.nl). Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.


Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
  • Cover letter (maximum 2 pages), which includes a motivation of your interest in the vacancy and an explanation of why you would fit well for this position;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae;
  • Five of your best papers;
  • Name and contact information of two references.

    Please note that a maximum of 5 documents of 10 MB each can be uploaded. If you have more than 5 documents you will need to combine them. If you are interested, we invite you to apply immediately, and not later than October 17, 2019.

    You can apply by using the apply for this job button. Screening of candidates will commence immediately and will stop once a candidate has been found. Earlier applications thus are more likely to receive consideration. Note that incomplete applications will not be considered.