Civil Engineering

PDEng Positions at ASPARi
- Asphalt Paving Research & Innovation

ASPARi - short for Asphalt Paving Research & Innovation - is a cooperative network of organisations that work together in research projects and technology development to improve the performance of the asphalt road construction industry. The issues around more professional approaches to asphalt paving became relevant and pressing due to changes in the business environment. In 2008 year the ASPARi founders agreed to bundle the ongoing activities to pave the way forward to a high professionised asphalt construction industry. ASPARi aims to perform the asphalt paving process by combining the knowledge and experience of the asphalt industry, with the knowledge present at the University of Twente. The proud ASPARi founders are:

  • Ballast Nedam Asfalt
  • BAM Wegen
  • Dura Vermeer Infrastructuur
  • Heijmans Infra
  • Twentse Weg- en Waterbouw
  • KWS
  • MNO Vervat
  • Mourik
  • OOMS Construction
  • Reef Infra
  • Temmink Infra
  • Van Gelder

Together with the University of Twente, the ASPARi team focuses on innovation and performance in the asphalt paving process, having recently consulted key role players in the industry and subsequently publishing a number of conference papers in this research area. Their research is aimed at improving quality and consistent reduction of quality variability in the hot mix asphalt (HMA) paving process, and consciously working towards professionalising the asphalt paving process. The team is currently involved in several initiatives involving key role players in the road construction industry, the national roads authorities, training schools, research institutes and international partners.

PDEng Projects at the University of Twente

The PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) programme is a 2 year post-Master’s designer programme at the University of Twente. During these two years you follow a tailor made design programme with a combination of education (50%) and working on a design project (50%). In consultation with ASPARi, this tailor made programme will be designed to educate you to be able to design high level, creative and renewing designs for complex issues with a multidisciplinary character.

At the short term, ASPARi needs for several of her projects technological designers with a MSc in Educational Science and Technology,  Civil Engineering or a related discipline. Examples of projects are:

Please click on the examples for more information, or contact Dr. Miller at or telephone: +31 53 489 5886. General information about PDEng programmes you can find at

Our offer

We offer a full-time contract for 24 months. The salary will be € 1.715 gross per month. Also, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus. On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI). 

Candidate profile

We are searching for the best MSc graduated candidates with a demonstrable affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments. Besides, you must have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding innovative educational solutions for a rather traditional, largely work experience based road construction industry. Important professional skills are Dutch and English language skills, communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, initiative and self-reflection. Prior knowledge in curriculum development, innovation and implementation, teaching and learning with ICT and software development will be helpful to successfully complete the project, but can also be part of the educational programme. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.


For this project, you can send an open application by clicking the positions at Please send your application with a curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications you may have.