EngD position: Developing digital twins for construction supply chain management

EngD position: Developing digital twins for construction supply chain management

Published Deadline Location
14 Nov 5 Jan Enschede

Job description

The Netherlands is facing substantial construction logistics challenges. A rapid reduction of emissions is needed to meet the climate agreement objectives. We expect that digital twins can play a crucial role in making construction supply chains more efficient resulting in less emissions. However, it is unclear how digital twins can deliver the necessary logistics control information for supply chain management and what the added value is, including the emission reduction potential.

The objective of the EngD project is to develop digital twin applications that are capable of supporting construction supply chain management and improving construction logistics. Demonstrators for the most important digital twin applications will be developed for a specific case (construction project) to showcase their operation, value, and feasibility. You develop digital twin applications and demonstrators in close cooperation with industry partners. Determining success factors for the successful use of the digital twin applications is part of the EngD project.

The challenge:
  • Collaborate closely with our industrial partners, analysing their processes and needs.
  • Identify and develop digital twin applications.
  • Create demonstrators of selected digital twin applications to showcase the feasibility and value (e.g. energy reduction potential).
  • Identify success factors for the use of digital twins to improve construction supply chain management and logistics, enabling the creation of a more sustainable future.


University of Twente (UT)


  • We are searching for the best MSc graduate.
  • You have a proven affinity with construction and/or building logistics processes.
  • You have a background in the field of Construction Management & Engineering, Business & IT, or related discipline with a proven affinity for multidisciplinary assignments.
  • You have prior knowledge in information management systems, Building Information Modelling and digital solutions in construction will be useful to successfully complete the project but can also be part of the educational program.
  • You have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding and developing solutions for complex technological issues with a multidisciplinary character.
  • You have good Dutch and English language skills, communication and social skills, teamwork, initiative and self-reflection.

Conditions of employment

  • We offer a contract for 24 months. During these two years you follow a tailor-made post-master design programme with a combination of education (~50%) and working on a design project (~50%).
  • Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme.
  • On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified and recognised degree.
  • You will be entitled to use the academic degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering (EngD) and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVINIRIA).

Additional information

Are you interested after reading about this vacancy? Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling horizon. The vacancy will remain open until we identify and onboard suitable candidates. Early applications are encouraged as positions may be filled before the vacancy's official closure. You can apply for these positions before January 6th, 2024, by clicking the ‘apply now’ button below.

If you have any further questions about this vacancy of the EngD programme in Civil Engineering, please contact Prof.dr.ir. Arjen Adriaanse (a.m.adriaanse@utwente.nl) or Dr.ir. Farid Vahdati (f.vahdatikhaki@utwente.nl).

Please send your application, with motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications you may have done. An interview will be part of the selection process.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • max. €2618 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1528


University of Twente (UT)

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Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, Enschede

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Make sure to apply no later than 5 Jan 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).