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PostDoc Researcher UI Research for Automated Vehicles (M/F)

PostDoc Researcher UI Research for Automated Vehicles (M/F), to Support the Human Factors Part of the NWO i-Cave Project

bijna 2 jaar geleden


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


We are looking for an enthusiastic Postdoc in the area of human-computer interaction, human factors or design for (automated) vehicles to support our team of HCI / human-factors researchers at Industrial Design. It is a flexible position for up to 24 months, with a part-time of 0.8 fte being negotiable. Since the project has already started with 3 PhDs in this area, we ask the Post-Doc to start as soon as possible, latest November 2019.

The Future Mobility Team at the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is currently looking for an enthusiastic PostDoc candidate for the human factors project within the larger multidisciplinary i-Cave programme (NWO Perspectief programme run by TU/e (https://www.i-cave.nl).

The i-Cave programme addresses automated and cooperative driving in urban environments, and will develop and evaluate cars that can drive in automated mode, and even autonomously, and can also be driven by a human driver. These vehicles will be tested in a Living Lab at the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology, and the programme will end with a large demonstration. The Human Factors project within i-Cave will design and evaluate interaction aspects between the automated vehicle and the human user (drivers and other road users, e.g., pedestrians). Currently, research for this subproject is done through one PhD project at Eindhoven University of Technology (focus on interaction between other road users and automated cars), and two PhD projects at the University of Twente (focus on driver trust, feelings of safety and on switching control between automation and the driver).

As a PostDoc you will primarily work in the project team dealing with Human Factors, which is a team of HCI/Human Factors researchers, PhD students, and Industrial Design/Interaction Design students on user aspects of automated vehicles. Specifically, you will be the linking pin with the rest of the i-Cave project, build on the team's existing research within the context of automotive user interfaces, and integrate the results from the running PhD projects. In the i-Cave programme, we collaborate with parties such as industry (a.o. TomTom, Ford, Segula, Mapscape, AutomotiveNL), research, consultancy and societal organisations (a.o. TNO, ANWB, Wittenveen+Bos). In addition, there will be room for adding individual contributions to the overall project.

Your tasks
The objective of this postdoc position is to contribute to the i-Cave project by linking the human factors PhD projects to the overall i-Cave project, integrate the results of the PhD projects, and extend them through your own individual research contributions. The focus will lie on supporting the team in developing interface concepts and prototypes, designing and conducting your own experiments, publishing the results and integrating them towards the overall project goal. In addition, you will support and contribute to the positioning and public outreach of the research and communicating of that positioning externally to make the results visible and support valorization of the findings, including helping set up the final event and promote our work to the outside world in this final demo. In addition, you will help to identify ideas for follow-up projects and identify consortium partners to tackle national (NWO), European (e.g. Horizon 2020) and international grant applications (Trans-Atlantic Platforms). This includes assisting the team in maintaining the network in automotive user interfaces / human factors through partner scoping and visits, and help organize partner seminars and workshops.


We are looking for candidates that have:

  • Completed (or are about to complete) a doctoral degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Cognitive psychology, Interaction Design, Design Research, Science and Technology Studies, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Technology or a closely related topic.
  • A track record of publications (preferably including first authored ones) in HCI, Human Factors and/or design research venues and journals
  • Experience with (preferably) prototyping of (high-fidelity) interactive systems/research products
  • Experience with conducting controlled experiments in the domain of HCI / Human Factors and with data analysis and statistics
  • Affinity with automotive user interfaces / vehicle control algorithms or automated vehicles
  • A track record of working in multidisciplinary teams
  • (Preferably) experience or affinity with funding applications and consortium building

  • Preferably experience in teaching
  • Good communication skills: fluency in English is mandatory.


We are offering:
  • A full-time temporary appointment for a period of up to 2 years, depending on the combination of experience/knowledge and percentage of employment (there is a fixed amount of funding available for this position);
  • A gross monthly salary between € 3.255 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);
  • Possibility to work with many different parties in the project, which gives you the opportunity to make a nice network for future job possibilities after your post-doc position
  • Work together with us in our core automated driving and human interaction team.

Additional information


About TU/e, Industrial Design and Future Everyday
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 Future Everyday research group investigates the everyday interactions between people and the highly interconnected technology that surrounds them.

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. Marieke Martens, m.h.martens@tue.nl or Dr. Bastian Pfleging, b.pfleging@tue.nl, tel. +31-40-2475254. If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact HR Services Industrial Design, tel. +31-40-2474979, email: HR-IndustrialDesign[at]tue.nl.

Your application must include the following documents:
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in and motivation for this PostDoc 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 and link to Google Scholar / ResearchGate / DBLP profile
  • Up to three names with email addresses of people that are willing to act as references

    Please note that maximum 1document of 10 MB can be uploaded. If you have more documents you will need to combine them.
    If you are interested, we invite you to apply immediately, and no later than September 30, 2019.

    You can apply by pressing the "apply for this job" button for this vacancy. Applications per email are not accepted.