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Five year, fully funded PhD position in New Media Design (1.0 fte)

The Department of Communication and Cognition in the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences is looking for an enthusiastic and creative new researcher in the area of New Media Design.

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Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur


This position is divided into 70% for research and 30% for teaching, optimally preparing for a future academic career.

The research will be part of the recently started New Media Design (NMD) program, and will be associated with the new NMD lab which will be opened in early 2020.

Candidates are asked to submit a proposal for their own research project, including a motivation, research question, and planning. The project should result in at least four publications at leading conferences or top journals in the field, which will collectively form a PhD thesis. Potential topics include (in alphabetical order): creativity and design, design research, eHealth/mHealth, games and storytelling, human-robot interaction, inclusive design, interactive data visualisation, participatory design, persuasive technology, social media design/use, and virtual reality.

Additionally, the candidate will contribute to the NMD teaching program, co-supervising student projects and co-teaching courses on, for example, user experience design, rapid prototyping, design methods or evaluation.


  • a (research) master in a relevant field, such as human-computer interaction, communication science, information science, industrial design, computer science, or psychology,
  • strong methodological and statistical skills,
  • strong English written and oral skills,
  • a willingness to obtain the University Teaching Qualification.
  • Experience with advanced research techniques (e.g., EMG, VR, EEG, eye tracking) is considered an advantage.


The selected candidate will start with a contract at Tilburg University at the Department of Communication and Cognition for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining four years. The positions will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as PhD student (Promovendus), with a starting fulltime salary of € 2.325 gross per month in the first year, increasing up to € 2.972 maximum.

Positions are full time or 80%, with tasks divided between research (70%) and teaching (30%). The start of the employment is negotiable

Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment, such as a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually), an options model and reimbursement of moving expenses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities applies.

Additional information

For more information on this position, please contact dr. Nynke van der Laan, coördinator (L.N.vdLaan@tilburguniversity.edu; +31134664049) or prof. dr. Emiel Krahmer, Head of Department (E.J.Krahmer@tilburguniversity.edu; +31134663070).

Who are we

The research of the department is part of the Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC). Researchers in TiCC explore cognitive and social aspects of human communication through a multidisciplinary approach, combining careful experimentation with survey methods, corpus analyses and computational modelling. Core research domains include (in alphabetical order) communication and technology, cross-cultural communication, information visualisation, language production, new media design, social media research, strategic communication, and non-verbal communication. Within TiCC approximately 20 PhD candidates are working.

The teaching of the department takes place in one of the leading programs in the Netherlands in Communication and Information Sciences (CIS), which consists three tracks: Business Communication and Digital Media (BDM), Communication and Cognition (CC),

and New Media Design (NMD). Annually, the CIS program attracts approximately 120 new bachelor students, 150 new premaster students, and 200 new master students.