PhD Scholarship in Design for Digital-Physical Interaction and Design for Digital-Physical Interaction and Behavior Change for Sustainable Cities (TUe-DC3) - REDI (RMIT European Doctoral Innovators) Program

This is a 36-month research position (extendable up to 48 months) based in the Netherlands at TUe.

The position is funded by European Union under the MSCACOFUND Action: RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) program. The selected Researcher will be enrolled at RMIT University and TUe as a Doctoral Student. 

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REDI is a unique PhD training program offering industry-supported positions with excellent salaries, enviable international experiences including a residential year in Melbourne, Australia and annual workshop weeks in Barcelona, Spain, top-class training as well as networking with academic and industry leaders across 60+ supporting partners.

REDI is looking for one Researcher (with less than 4 years of research experience and not in the possession of a Doctoral Degree yet), who will be closely working with both RMIT University(Australia) and TUe (Netherlands) on one of the following research projects:

 

Project 1: Design Interventions

Through a design research approach this project explores how interaction should be designed when it comes to digital twins of cities. A key focus point is to understand how to evoke behavior change when it comes to sustainability and how to design interventions in this design space. Combining data-driven design processes and visualizing societal related information including user experience data and analysis for different stakeholders is key of this design led technical PhD topic. With case studies from the Municipality of Eindhoven and other stakeholders in the Netherlands as well as Australia, the goal is to investigate how to show societal relevant information) in digital twins and how to design for the interaction of physical and digital.

Your goal in the PhD is to contribute to Design as a discipline and to be educated as a Designer.

Research Fields: Design, Human Computer Interaction

 

Project 2: Tools for Designers

Through a design research approach this project explores how interaction should be designed when it comes to digital twins of cities. A key focus point is to understand how to evoke behavior change when it comes to sustainability. Based on a data-driven process you establish the technical framework to enable visualizations for stakeholders and contribute to the field of design, by establishing a tool for designers that supports them in their design process. With case studies from the Municipality of Eindhoven and other stakeholders in the Netherlands as well as Australia, the goal is to investigate how such design tools can be used by stakeholders to support designers when it comes to interaction design of physical and digital from a technical oriented perspective.

Your contribution is on tools for designers and your goal is to be educated as a Designer.

Research Fields: Design, Human Computer Interaction

 

Project 3: Methods and Impact Measurement

With a strong background in evaluation methods and a clear understanding on measuring impact of design solutions for society you explore how to establish an evaluation framework investigating the impact of digital twins in cities on a societal level.

A key focus point is to understand how to evaluation methods have to be combined to show the impact of the introduction of digital twins in such an eco-system. This can be based on case studies from the Municipality of Eindhoven and other stakeholders in the Netherlands as well as Australia.

Your contribution is to understand the eco-system of the deployment of digital twins and how to set-up evaluations and define key criteria that can be used to measure impact of such solutions on society.

Your contribution is on how to change design process in terms of impact measurement and your goal is to be educated as a Designer.

Research Fields: Design, Human Computer Interaction

 

The Researcher will be supervised by Full Prof. Regina Bernhaupt (TUe) and Dr. Malte Wagenfeld (RMIT).

The remuneration, in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders, will consist of a gross annual salary of est. 34.076 EUR  (gross amount before employee' taxes and contributions). Of this amount, the estimated net salary to be perceived b the Researcher is est. 1.964 EUR net per month. However, the definite amount to be received b the Researcher is subject to national tax legislation.

One position valued at up to 34.076 EUR (gross amount before employee’s taxes and contributions) (+ holiday and end of year allowance) per annum for 3 years full time, with possibility for 12month extension.

Benefits include:

  • A yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary.
  • A yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses,
  • savings schemes and excellent sports facilities).
  • 1,000€ yearly travel allowance to cover flights and accommodation to participate in the annual
  • workshop at RMIT Europe in Barcelona (Spain).
  • 10,000€ allowance to cover flights and living expenses for up to 12 months in Australia.

Applications are open now

Applications close 19th September 2022

One scholarship available. 

To apply for REDI, you must comply with the MSCA-COFUND eligibility criteria by the application deadline:  

  • Be in the first four years (Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) research experience of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. FTE Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, AND 
  • Not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your research host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before this call’s deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays is not taken into account. 
  • AND the following criteria:  Hold a master’s OR equivalent degree (for example bachelor’s degree with honours) in a discipline related to the research project of your choice, including a research component that allows you to enrol in a university doctoral programme by January 2023, AND
  • Have evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or professional experience demonstrating that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the chosen project.  AND  
  • Have English level C1 language proficiency. 

In addition to the above, if your application is successful, you will be required to: 

Depending on your personal situation you might have to apply for a working visa in the Netherlands

 (More information https://www.government.nl/topics/foreign-nationals-working-in-the-netherlands/question-and-answer/what-permits-do-foreign-workers-need).

 

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