Netherlands: PhD position in Creative Design

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Project: Investigate creative problem solving process: cross-disciplinary method diffusion.

The proposed research will examine the diffusion of methods for
creative problem solving in multi-disciplinary fields, such as
interaction design. This subfield is the meeting point for diverse
fields of knowledge where engineering, scientific and design approaches
overlap, complement each other, cross-fertilize and compete. While the
transfer of techniques and methods between disciplines can potentially
increase creativity in support of innovation is can also be fraught
with challenges. Methods applied may have diverse origins, may be
shared between disciplines, or may be applied differently by
individuals subscribing to different intellectual traditions. This
whole phenomenon is described below as method diffusion.
systematic investigation of the diffusion of methods aiming to support
innovation can unravel how and why different methods are applied
successfully or misapplied, transformed or improved when they are
adopted by a different discipline and what push-back exists: adoption
from a different discipline can lead to revisiting original ideas,
improving them or rejecting them.  Current practice regarding method
diffusion will be documented, flagging areas of opportunity and
pitfalls for practitioners. A (multiple) case study approach will
examine creative processes that were demonstrably successful
contrasting them to cases where a large degree of interdisciplinarity
and methodological innovation did not meet corresponding success.
Interventions to support specific design projects will be organised.
Through an action research approach, the effects of these interventions
will be evaluated.

Outcomes: An analysis
of current design practices characterizing pitfalls and best practice.
A roadmap for method diffusion to support creativity and innovation
will be proposed, and experiences from its application will be


University Graduate

Candidates should
have an interest and background in the areas of human computer
interaction and interaction design. Special interest and expertise in
qualitative research methods, ethnography/anthropology are a bonus.

are open to candidates of any nationality, regardless of gender, race,
disability, etc., with the exception that the student may not have
resided in the country of the host institution for more than one year
in the 3 years before appointment. For additional information on
eligibility, please check Rules of mobility and conditions of nationality applicable to eligible researchers,
pages 13-14.  Interested researchers that do not meet this condition
are encouraged to apply to other DESIRE projects that are hosted by
institutes in other countries, see


Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Department of Industrial Design

The department of Industrial Design of the
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), founded in 2001, is a rapidly
growing department with over 500 students, both Bachelor and Master,
and around 150 staff members. With a strong emphasis on research the ID
department focuses on the design of intelligent products, systems,
services and networks. These innovative products enable people to
interact with their environment in an optimal and flexible way. The
TU/e ID engineer, who has developed a wide range of competencies during
his/her education, is capable of integrating technology, user aspects,
design and business/marketing insights. This MSc-program is practice
oriented, capable to deal with and aware of relevant issues as
formulated by industry and society at large. Ambient Intelligence and
Ambient (health) Care draw special attention within the TU/e and ID
particular, and is an important research and application field. ID
encompasses four areas: Technology covered by the Designed Intelligent
(DI) group, User aspects, covered by User Centered Engineering (UCE)
group, Design, covered by the Designing Quality in Interaction (DQI)
group, and Business, covered by the Business Process Design (BPD)

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2000 – 2500
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: P. Markopoulos MSc
Telephone number: +31(0)402475247

Ms. J. Braat
Telephone number: +31(0)402475883
E-mail address:

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

You can apply for this job before 01-11-2008 by sending your application to:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
HG 3.92
Ms. J. Braat
Postbus 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number V51.064.


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