Post-doc position on smart adaptive systems

Delft University of Technology


Post-doc position on smart adaptive systems


Department/faculty: Faculty Industrial Design Engineering

Level: Doctorate

Working hours: 32-38 hours weekly

Contract: 2 years

Salary: 3389 - 4274 euros monthly (full-time basis)


Faculty Industrial Design Engineering


The faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is the largest and broadest scientific design institute in the world, with over 2,000 students, more than 6,000 alumni and 300 staff (researchers and lecturers, including designers from industrial practice). The faculty aims to contribute to a better living environment and respond to social challenges by combining human values and desires with technological feasibility and economic viability. We are excellently placed to do so, as we ground design methods and skills in scientific knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, leading to concrete solutions.

The faculty of Industrial Design Engineering consists of three departments: Industrial Design Engineering (ID), Design Engineering (DE) and Product Innovation Management (PIM). The Design Engineering Department is a centre for sustainable system-oriented product-service development, innovation, and manufacturing. The aim of our work is to empower designers through breakthrough technology innovations and to contribute to the innovative capability and competitiveness of the creative industry sector. The Design Engineering Department comprises more than twenty faculty members with research interests in cyber physical systems, intelligent products, internet of things, digital fabrication & 3D printing, data-intensive systems, augmented reality, human-robot collaboration, and sustainable design.

The Design Engineering Department at TU Delft is looking for a candidate with outstanding academic record for a post-doctoral position in the field of the human computer interaction and/or adaptive systems. The embedding research group is focusing on cognitive engineering of intelligent products and systems and within this domain the postdoc will be investigating synergetic interaction of users and adaptive systems.


Job description


The Design Engineering department at TU Delft is looking for a postdoc candidate with experience and qualifications in smart adaptive systems with a focus on machine perception, machine cognition and/or human-machine interaction. The specific scope of this post-doc research project is expected to address one or a combination of the following research challenges: 1) recognition of and adaptation to human behaviour, 2) modelling and planning of safe interactions between humans and robots, 3) algorithms for safe navigation and motion in the presence of people, 4) tracking of humans, understanding of human actions and intents, 5) adaptation with respect to changing environmental conditions, and/or 6) techniques for maintaining consistent spatio-temporal representations. The successful candidate will have the freedom to specify the focus of his/her research within the above-mentioned domains of research. 

Though the research primarily investigates theoretical aspects of smart adaptive systems, practical application of the developed solutions is expected to be validated in various domains of applications (e.g. logistics in healthcare, manufacturing or last mile delivery). The candidate will be offered the opportunity to cooperate with start-ups, mentor graduate students to accelerate his/her research.




The successful candidate is in possession of a doctoral degree in computer science, human computer interaction, or systems engineering with affinity to human factors and proven experience in experimentation. He or she should have a good understanding of (and be fascinated by) machine learning techniques, computer vision, artificial intelligence and/or human modelling. The candidate is expected to publish her/his research in scientific journals and conferences. The candidate should be capable of performing independent research and working in a team on research projects. He/she should have an open personality and good communication skills to closely cooperate with colleagues, and students. Note that there is not a Dutch language requirement .


Conditions of employment


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.     


Information and application


For information about this vacancy, you can contact Zoltan Rusak, Assistant Professor email:, tel: +31 15 2789779.   


To apply, please submit a letter of motivation,  research statements, your CV and three publications you are  most proud of by email to  Interviews are ongoing until the position is filled (rapid application is recommended). When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATIO 0789 in the subject of the email. 

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