Postdoc position Modelling complexity in design for sustainability and circular economy

Research / Academic


We are looking for a talented PhD graduate to develop simulation and forecasting tools to inform design interventions towards sustainability. Some of the most prominent challenges of designing for sustainability and circular economy are due to the complexity of social, ecological and technological systems, and are only partially addressed by current design methods. This research will break new ground by drawing from complex systems modelling approaches, such as network theory, agent-based models or system dynamics, which were developed in various areas of science (e.g. ecology, social science or applied maths). The aim will be to create practical simulation and forecasting tools that can be readily adopted by designers to identify and prioritise interventions for sustainability and circular economy.

The research will be executed in close collaboration with academic and industrial stakeholders, and with students in our education programs. The postdoc will be in charge of developing and testing the tools, as well as disseminating and building community (e.g., through workshops, conference panels, and experiments). The postdoc will strengthen the scientific program of the group in this area and publish in relevant communities. While the position is research centered, it also allows for building a track record in education in a renowned, innovative Industrial Design education program. The research is supervised by Dr Ella Jamsin from the DfS group.


The ideal candidate is proactive, highly motivated, and independent, and has proven experience with building computational models of complex systems (for example, but not limited to, agent-based model, system dynamics or network model). We are looking for candidates that match the following profile:

  • Either a PhD degree in design involving the development of computational models or a PhD in a computational field (e.g. ecology, computational social science, physics) with demonstrable affinity and a strong interest for the field of design.
  • Publication track record in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
  • A strong team player and communicator with organization skills.
  • Excellent English skills both in written and oral form.

Salary Benefits:

 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. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week


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