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Postdoc position in Chairgroup Building Lighting, Netherlands


The Building Lighting Group is part of the Unit Building Physics and Services, a unique composition of groups covering all technical aspects of the Built Environment. The research interests of the Building Lighting group concern Light and Energy, Light & the Visual Environment and Light & Health. These aspects are being approached with a human-centred focus and concentrate on applications and challenges arising from the Digitization of Light, Internet of Things and Big Data applications. Intelligent Lighting concepts are to be developed, deployed and evaluated through evidence based research.

Within the TU/e, the Building Lighting group is part of the Centre For Humans and Technology (CHT), and specifically an active member of the Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI), TU/e’s interdepartmental institute for innovations in lighting. ILI was established in 2010 and is home to multidisciplinary research around novel intelligent lighting solutions, with a special emphasis on how these new solutions might affect people. In addition, ILI aims at providing scientific evidence for the claims that go with these novel lighting solutions.

In short, the Building Lighting Group offers a variety of challenging research tasks and the potential to further grow in one’s scientific career.


This postdoc position is intended to provide the suitable candidate an environment in which the scientific, educational and personal qualifications can be further developed. In case of extraordinary performance the position may be transformed into an assistant professorship to offer a longer term scientific employment.

We are looking for a highly motivated and self-driven individual who can work independently but is also a good team player. Your research profile will add significantly to the composition of expertise in the building lighting group. The responsibilities are composed such that the candidate can further strengthen his or her profile for a career in either industry or academia.

Qualifications and research interests:

The successful candidate needs to be willing to take on the research challenges that society is facing today. The digitization of light leads to a transition in the field of lighting towards more interconnected and data-driven intelligent lighting applications. This results in a multitude of research topics related to lighting in the built environment in conjunction with human well-being, performance and productivity.

The successful candidate has extensive knowledge and research experience in system control, (statistical) data analytics and/or electronic applications in the field of building lighting. Suitable technical backgrounds range from IT, operations management, electrical engineering to building physics.

A track record of contributions to successful funding applications is an asset.


The successful candidate will become a key member of the Building Lighting team. This will be reflected in the variety of responsibilities that the candidate will take on. The candidate will contribute towards the success of the group in the fields of Research, Education and Valorization:

The research activities consist of actively supporting the ongoing research in the Building Lighting group (also in the function of co-promoter for PhD candidates) as well as helping to initiate new research projects. The work will help the successful candidate to further strengthen his or her scientific reputation and skills.

The educational tasks of the candidate will consist of educational activities in the Bachelor College as well as in the Graduate School by supporting lectures and project work. Carrying out these tasks will support the candidate to further qualify for a longer-term academic career.

The tasks related to Valorization consists of a multitude of possible interesting activities ranging from carrying out small projects in collaboration with external stakeholders to knowledge dissemination.

The main objectives of the position are to:

  • Carry out and support the research of the Building Lighting Group,
  • Contribute to the education in undergraduate and graduate courses provided by the Building Lighting Group, and
  • Contribute towards initiating new research projects at the Building Lighting Group.
  • Participate in related activities of the department and ILI Institute

Job requirements

We are looking for a motivated and self-driven individual for a unique postdoctoral position who meets the following requirements:

  • A background in building lighting,
  • A MSc degree in electrical engineering, computer science, building physics or related directions,
  • A PhD degree in the above mentioned fields, preferably in a lighting-related domain,
  • Experience with lighting simulations and experimental research,
  • A background in (or evidence of a sufficiently strong knowledge of): system control, (statistical) data analytics and/or electronic applications,
  • A key interest in lighting technology topics and the modeling of human aspects,
  • Excellent team member and ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary and international research group,
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral,
  • Knowledge of the Dutch language would be an asset.

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • A full-time temporary appointment for a period of 2 years;
  • A salary is offered between € 3.044,- and € 3.997,- gross per month, depending on knowledge and experience.  This salary is in correspondence with salary scale 10 of the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Besides this TU/e offers 8% holiday- and 8.3%; end-of the year allowance ;
  • Support for your personal development and career planning;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure and a modern sports complex )
  • Assistance for finding accommodation can be given.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 10 July 2016

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