[visionlist] PhD position within EU International training network DyViTo, at Delft University of Technology

Maarten Wijntjes - IO M.W.A.Wijntjes at tudelft.nl
Tue Apr 17 10:57:15 -05 2018

Job description

The PhD project is part of a European Network with altogether 11 PhD projects on cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, see https://dyvito.wordpress.com/projects-in-brief-and-contacts/ This particular project (PhD IDE, one of two in Delft) is focussed on lighting, its perceptual and optical properties, its effects on appearance, and the development of tools for lighting design. In the last decade we developed a theoretical framework to describe and design static natural light. In this project we will do optical and perceptual studies to extend our framework to include colour and temporal dynamics. The scientific findings will be implemented in lighting design tools that work with light field structures instead of traditional surface illuminances. The other PhD candidate in Delft (PhD EEMCS) will work on lighting design interfaces for virtual product lighting and presentation. The PhD IDE will be working at Industrial Design, in the Perceptual Intelligence lab, under supervision of prof. Sylvia Pont and co-supervision of prof. Elmar Eiseman, and the PhD EEMCS will work at Computer Science, in the Graphics lab, under supervision of prof. Elmar Eiseman and co-supervision of prof. Sylvia Pont. The PhD positions being part of the DyViTo network offer unique possibilities for training: regular network meetings in which generic and highly specialized PhD training will be given by renowned academics; 3-months exchanges abroad will be included for training and collaboration with other partners; a wealth of resources for European training and collaboration.


The applicants should have a recent MSc degree in design engineering, experimental physics, experimental psychology, computer science, or a similar field - with a clear interest in lighting perception and design, experimental perception research, photometry and photography, computer graphics, and experimental setups / methods design. Other requirements are: social skills (to work with human observers); teamwork skills; experimental research experience; programming skills; mathematical skills; good scientific writing skills in English and good (English) verbal communication; eligibility according to Marie Curie's rules (NB there are rules regarding your nationality, put simply: you should move here from outside the Netherlands).   

Faculty Industrial Design Engineering

The faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is the largest and broadest scientific design institute in the world, with over 2,000 students, more than 6,000 alumni and 300 staff (researchers and lecturers, including designers from industrial practice). The faculty aims to contribute to a better living environment and respond to social challenges by combining human values and desires with technological feasibility and economic viability. We are excellently placed to do so, as we ground design methods and skills in scientific knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, leading to concrete solutions.

The Perceptual Intelligence lab (π-lab) is a multidisciplinary task-force collaboration with 7 staff members, headed by prof. Pont. The lab is unique for its applied cross-disciplinary approach to real-world perception problems and ecological optics of light and materials. Pont built a reputation in scientifically informed lighting design and has a strong network of industrial partners in the lighting community. Facilities include unique, partly custom-built, state-of-the-art photographic and photometric equipment, goniometer, photographic studio, several custom-built lighting setups, stereoscopic imaging, mechanical and electrical workshops with full-time staff, 3D scanning and printing facilities.

The Computer Graphics and Visualization Group was built anew in 2012 and currently consists of 4 permanent faculty members, headed by prof. Eisemann. The group has built a reputation for its research excellence in Computer Graphics and maintains a strong network of industrial partners. The use of high-performance computing for interaction and perception-oriented rendering is a unique aspect of the group.

Conditions of employment

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 (scale P) and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. In addition  Marie Curie ITN terms and conditions apply.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd<http://www.tudelft.nl/phd> for more information.

Level: University Graduate
Working hours: 36-40 hours weekly
Contract: Temporary
Salary: 2222 - 2840 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Information and application

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. dr. Sylvia Pont, head Perceptual Intelligence lab, S.C.Pont at TUDelft.nl<mailto:S.C.Pont at TUDelft.nl> or +31 (0)15 2781791.

For more information or about the selection procedure of this position, please contact A. Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, afdelingID-personeelszaken-IO at tudelft.nl<mailto:afdelingID-personeelszaken-IO at tudelft.nl> or +31(0)152781756.

Full applications should include a CV, your graduation thesis, a statement of research interests, and the names of 2 people who could write a letter of reference.

Website for application: https://vacature.beta.tudelft.nl/vacaturesite/permalink/46180/?lang=en

Closing date = May 13, 2018

Interviews will take place in week 21 en 22.  
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