PhD Position Operational Decision Support for Reconfigurable Value Chains

PhD Position Operational Decision Support for Reconfigurable Value Chains

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23 Oct 6 Jan Delft
Operational decision support for reconfigurable value chains

Job description

The manufacturing industry faces turbulent market conditions, uncertain and extensive sustainability requirements, and increasingly challenging network disruptions. In this dynamic environment, industrial networks and manufacturing/production chains need to be resilient and reconfigurable. However, network and chain reconfigurations are particularly difficult since multiple stakeholders, with different needs and values, are typically involved. Moreover, in such dynamic environment interactions between stakeholders also change over time. Therefore, solutions to monitor, measure and control the dynamic interaction process between multiple stakeholders are needed. This is a preliminary requirement to enable fast and cost-effective network reconfigurations.

In this PhD project, the candidate will address topics such as:

  • Investigating the recent literature related to decision support/control architectures, control mechanisms for reconfigurable value chains.
  • Proposing innovative interaction mechanisms between different stakeholders in manufacturing/production chains using dynamical models and forecasted/predicted information.
  • Exploring closed-loop interaction mechanisms to operate in highly unpredictable and rapidly changing environments.
  • Design and evaluate potential solutions to control the interactions of multiple decision makers that also ensure network and value chain reconfigurations over time.
  • Apply findings in cases pertaining to relevant application domains, including the maritime, transport, and/or manufacturing sectors.

Specifications

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Requirements

We are especially interested in candidates with master degrees in mechanical/maritime/multi-machine engineering, automation, and industrial engineering. The candidate should be ambitious and curious and will be supported to establish a collaboration with one or more companies and international research institutes. 

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from €2770,- per month in the first year to €3539,- in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Employer

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Department

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

From chip to ship. From machine to human being. From idea to solution. Driven by a deep-rooted desire to understand our environment and discover its underlying mechanisms, research and education at the 3mE faculty focusses on fundamental understanding, design, production including application and product improvement, materials, processes and (mechanical) systems.

3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with high-tech lab facilities and international reach. It’s a large faculty but also versatile, so we can often make unique connections by combining different disciplines. This is reflected in 3mE’s outstanding, state-of-the-art education, which trains students to become responsible and socially engaged engineers and scientists. We translate our knowledge and insights into solutions to societal issues, contributing to a sustainable society and to the development of prosperity and well-being. That is what unites us in pioneering research, inspiring education and (inter)national cooperation.

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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Alessia Napoleone: a.napoleone@tudelft.nl.   

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • TUD04565

Employer

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD, Delft

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Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 6 January 2024 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Anita van Vianen, HR Advisor: recruitment-3me@tudelft.nl.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 6 January 2024 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Anita van Vianen, HR Advisor: recruitment-3me@tudelft.nl.

Make sure to apply no later than 6 Jan 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).