Postdoctoral position on innovation in Higher Engineering Education at ESoE

Postdoctoral position on innovation in Higher Engineering Education at ESoE

  • Posted at Jun 30, 2020
  • General Vacancy
  • Fixed-term employment

Research project

Eindhoven University of Technology stimulates innovation in engineering education with the purpose to sustain a more demand-driven education model and support new forms of education, such as challenge-based learning. Staff members are given the opportunity and funds to execute pilots that transform and improve education. These pilots thematically link together via the TU/e educational vision and ICT solutions. They rely heavily on ICT-solutions but are not ICT-driven (see also the website

The development of innovation is research-based: the effects of the pilots on student’ learning are carefully studied so the design of future innovations can be adapted based on the research outcomes. The focus of this postdoc project is on evidence as a foundation for current and future innovations. This evidence is collected and disseminated by means of research accompanying the pilots. The main themes of this project evolve around online learning and blended learning, virtual labs and lab-pedagogies, challenge-based learning, and learning analytics. Important research questions to be addressed are related to characteristics and effects of these approaches to higher engineering education.

The successful candidate is expected to start preferably September 1st, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The postdoc will be based in the research group of Eindhoven School of Education. ESoE is the expertise centre of Eindhoven University of Technology in the field of the education and professional development of (future) teachers, and research and educational innovation in the STEM domain in secondary as well as higher education. ESoE is active in three areas: education, research and innovation. Recently the research portfolio of the group on research and development of higher engineering education has been growing significantly.

The Postdoc Will

Job description

  • Design and conduct empirical research on the effects of innovation pilots.
  • Design and adapt tools for measuring effects of these pilots on students’ learning and engagement.
  • Collect and analyse data, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Report the research results for both practice oriented as well as scholarly audiences, both verbally and in writing.
  • Present their work at national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to writing project proposals and applying for funding for future research.

Job Requirements

We are looking for candidates who have :

  • Completed PhD in educational sciences or related discipline.
  • Good research skills for empirical research in higher education.
  • Knowledge of innovations in higher education.
  • Knowledge of or affinity with engineering education.
  • Positive attitude towards innovative teaching and learning.
  • Being able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.
  • Fluent in both English (C2) and Dutch (NT2).
  • Creative and analytical mind.
  • Willing to contribute to ESoE's teaching tasks.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A 0.8 fte employment for 1 year, with possible extension for at least 1 more year.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for research and valorization, professional development courses for PhD students, and didactical courses of the TEACH training program.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities; scale 10 € 3.225 and € 4.274 (on a full-time basis).
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Dr. Antoine van den Beemt, Associate Professor a.a.j.v.d.beemt[at] or telephone click apply.

For information about terms of employment , please contact Tanja van Gerven, HR Advisor, HRServices.MCS[at]

Please visit to find out more about working at TU/e!


The Application Should Include a

We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on TU/e webpage.

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications.
  • The contact information of three references.

You can upload max. five files with all the required documents (max. 5 MB).

Selected candidates are invited for a Skype interview and/or, if the COVID-19 regulations allow later for a visit to the TU/e.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled. The successful candidate is expected start preferably September 1st, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.