Several PhD positions on smart manufacturing solutions for high-tech application areas

Several PhD positions on smart manufacturing solutions for high-tech application areas

Published Deadline Location
12 May 2 Jun Enschede

Job description

In this role, you will work closely with academic and industry partners to develop innovative digital supported technologies and methods for the design and operation of future manufacturing. Examples are the development of digital twins of machines or whole factories, machine learning based process design and control or the establishment of innovative production technologies. You will deal with future oriented high tech application fields such as the manufacturing of batteries, elektrolysers, innovative biomed products, or semicon production equipment.

As a PhD researcher, you will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and collaborative research environment with leading industry partners in the field. You will also receive training and support to develop your research skills and advance your career.

Your first responsibility is to carry out the research, but you are also encouraged to acquire teaching experience. We support you to broaden your knowledge by joining international exchange programs, by participating in national and international conferences and workshops, and by visiting industrial companies, research institutes, and universities worldwide.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You can switch between researching the future factory and publishing results in reputable journals, and also design practical applications that work with real people on the factory floor.
  • We are seeking candidates with a relevant engineering background in manufacturing, design and development (ideally in the application fields mentioned above).
  • You have experience in Information and communication technology: experience with hardware, software, and programming to support data collection, automation, and control systems.
  • You have experience in Data analytics/machine learning: proficiency in data processing, analysis, and interpretation to develop predictive models and optimize manufacturing processes.
  • You have experience in Modelling/assessment of technical systems: ability to develop and apply models for the assessment and optimization of technical systems.
  • Besides a clear research perspective, you are a "hands-on" person who enjoys building physical prototypes from low-tech to high-tech
  • You have strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently as well in a team.
  • You have excellent communication skills and are proficient in English, both spoken and written.

Conditions of employment

  • We offer you an exciting position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
  • We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position.
  • We provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities.
  • You will be part of a dedicated team with which you will collaborate extensively with industry.
  • A starting salary of €2.541,- gross per month in the first year and increasing to €3.247,- gross per month in the fourth year.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities.

Additional information

Additional information about this position can be obtained from Prof. Sebastian Thiede, Chair of Manufacturing Systems (e-mail: at the faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente.

The application deadline is June 2nd, 2023. You must use the "apply now" button below to submit your application. Please upload your application, including:
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, references, and, if applicable, a list of publications.
  • A Motivational letter (maximum 2 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications, motivations to apply for this position, and research ideas for the PhD project.
We will hold the first round of interviews (via MsTeams) on June 16th 2023.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1092


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 2 Jun 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).