This PhD position, based in the rapidly changing context of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, will consider how to strategically embed design so that the airport’s transformation to an autonomous future runs effectively. At the centre of this transformation are a large number of stakeholders, often with competing objectives and different expectations. Passengers demand seamless travel, employees need good working conditions, and the airport needs to meet sustainable goals.
The evolution of autonomous technologies is increasing at an ever faster rate. Many organisations struggle to keep up with the pace of change, particularly when that change takes place in a complex multi-stakeholder context. This research involves exploring how human and autonomous processes can evolve for the benefit of all through encouraging data-driven design methods. Such an approach holds the potential to drive organisational innovation and change at a large scale.
You will carry out your PhD in a collaboration between Schiphol Group at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the TU Delft. This means you will be expected to split your time between various locations and be embedded into both organisations. The position will fit within our mobility research theme called People in Transit (PiT).
Potential research questions:
- What are the most important human factors when implementing autonomous processes in organisations?
- How can design help in the transformation of a complex stakeholder context as a result of technology-driven changes, such as increased vehicle and process automation.
- How can insights into conventional design processes be translated into data-driven methods for the implementation of autonomous solutions?
This PhD project will be part of a five-year collaboration with Royal Schiphol Group (RSG). The overall aim of this collaboration is to contribute to RSG’s ambition to create sustainable, high-quality airports. With the Accelerating Innovation programme we want to focus on three challenges that are of great importance to current and future mobility challenges within society. This PhD research is one of these challenges. The three PhD candidates will collaborate while each working on their own project. This project will be a collaboration between IDE and the Health Group within RSG’s Innovation Hub team.
We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:
- MSc in one or several of the following areas: strategic design, design innovation, design thinking, innovation management, system design, design research, human-centered design, data-driven design, or design management (particularly in the mobility sector)
- A strong interest in academic research, specifically using methods such as action research, participatory design, and system design
- Experience and knowledge of research and/or industry projects in one or more of the following areas: product-service-system design, strategic design, design innovation process (e.g., agile/design sprint), organisation design, design theory and methods
- An interest in being active within the context of research (the candidate is expected to spend some of his/her time at Schiphol, which is the organisation of the study, to collect information and data)
- Excellent communication skills with stakeholders and command of the English language (N.B. professional level proficiency is a pré)
- Self-motivated, able to work in an interdisciplinary team
- Affinity with the mobility sector
- Hands-on mentality
- EU citizenship is required
Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.
TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.
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Faculty Industrial Design Engineering
Matching the evolution of people with the speed of the revolution of technology. This is the focus of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE). Delft designers act as a bridge between advances in technology and the needs of people, organisations and society to create products, services and systems with purpose.
IDE is a leader in design research across the application areas of mobility, sustainability and health, as well as its development of design tools and methods. A 350-strong research team and over 2,000 students work together in our inspiring hall, labs and studios.
In close cooperation with industry, the public sector and NGOs we rehearse possible futures in research and education to design for a complex future.
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For more information about this vacancy, please contact Euiyoung Kim, Assistant Professor, e-mail: E.Y.Kim@tudelft.nl.
For information about the application procedure, please send an email to secretariaat-DOS@tudelft.nl.
Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before Monday June 21 via the application button and upload your 1-page motivation letter, CV and your Master’s thesis, a part of your Master’s thesis, or a paper that you have written in which you demonstrate your writing skills.
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- A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.