PhD Positions in Designing Intelligence

PhD Positions in Designing Intelligence

  • The Designing Intelligence Lab

    The Designing Intelligence Lab is a TU Delft Artificial Intelligence Lab. Artificial intelligence, data and digitalisation are becoming increasingly important when looking for answers to major scientific and societal challenges. In a DAI-lab, experts in ‘the fundamentals of AI technology’ along with experts in ‘AI challenges’ run a shared lab. As a PhD, you will work with at least two academic members of staff and three other PhD candidates. In total, TU Delft will establish 24 DAI-Labs where 48 Tenure Trackers and 96 PhD candidates will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of science by using AI. Each team is driven by research questions which arise from scientific and societal challenges and contribute to the development and execution of domain specific education. Instead of the usual 4-year contract, you will receive a 5-year contract. Approximately a fifth of your time will be allocated to developing ground-breaking learning materials and educating students in these new subjects. The experience you will gain by teaching will be invaluable for future career prospects. All team members have many opportunities for self-development. You will be a member of the thriving DAI-Lab community that fosters cross-fertilization between talents with different expertise and disciplines.


    TU Delft

    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. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers both in business and in a social context. TU Delft offers 16 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s programmes to more than 23,000 students. Our scientific staff consists of 3,500 staff members and 2,800 PhD candidates. Together we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

    Challenge. Change. Impact!


    Faculty of 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.

  • Delft, The Netherlands
  • 06 Jul 2020
  • 14 Aug 2020
  • To apply, please submit the following in two pdf files by 14th August 2020:

    • 1-page Motivation letter and CV; 
    • 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.

    Please highlight in your motivation letter and/or CV examples of projects and achievements that demonstrate your relevant competences.

    Please note that applications will be periodically reviewed before the application deadline so suitable candidates may be approached before the position is formally closed. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TUD00290. Please email your application to

    A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

    For further information please contact Peter Lloyd ( in the Design Faculty.

  • Job