PhD position in Digital Resilience in Supply Chains

PhD position in Digital Resilience in Supply Chains

Published Deadline Location
7 May 7 Jun Enschede

Job description

In the DReSC project, you will need an interdisciplinary approach, combining psychology, economics, and operations research. Skills in game theory, agent-based simulation, or behavioural experiments are desirable. We seek a candidate skilled in at least one of these fields and with a keen interest in the others.

You will work as part of the Digital Resilience in Supply Chains (DReSC) project, which is an interdisciplinary initiative jointly funded by TKI Health~Holland and TKI DINALOG under dcypher's CS4NL program. The project is a collaboration between the University of Twente, the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS), and various public-private stakeholders from health care and logistics.

We are seeking a PhD candidate who can work full-time for 4 years and will contribute to the goals and deliverables of DReSC.

Your work will provide inputs to security managers to decide on efficient interventions for making supply chains secure. Techniques from economics and operations research, such as game-theoretical analysis and agent-based simulation, can be used to evaluate cybersecurity strategies and identify efficient interventions, acknowledging the autonomy of diverse supply chain parties. You will also develop guidelines for behavioral interventions that are most efficient in a supply chain setting.

Can you help us make digital supply chains more secure? If you like working with companies and at the same time enjoy data modeling then you are the candidate for this position!


University of Twente (UT)


We look for a highly motivated, enthusiastic researcher who is driven by curiosity and has/is:
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Psychology, Finance, or related disciplines;
  • Some affinity with phenomena, themes and other issues connected to game theory, principal-agent theory, behavioral economics, economic psychology, interaction of psychology and economics;
  • The willingness to connect several of the disciplines mentioned to provide practical recommendations not only to science, but also, or even first and foremost, to society;
  • A good team spirit and feels comfortable in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment;
  • Able to do independent research and willing to develop writing and publication skills;
  • A strong passion and outstanding skills in model design;
  • Excellent communication skills and command of the English language.

Conditions of employment

We encourage high responsibility and independence, while collaborating with colleagues, researchers, other university staff and partners. We follow the terms of employment by the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO). Our offer contains: a fulltime 4-year PhD position with a qualifier in the first year; excellent mentorship in a stimulating research environment with excellent facilities; and a personal development program within the Twente Graduate School. It also includes:
  • Gross monthly salary of € 2.770 in the first year, increasing each year up to € 3.539 in the fourth year;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;
  • A training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision;
  • A green campus with free access to sports facilities and an international scientific community;
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid);
  • A full status as an employee at the UT, including pension, health care benefits and good secondary conditions are part of our collective labour agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities.


The HBE cluster is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive working culture. Our aim is that all job applicants are given equal opportunities. When we select candidates for employment, it will be on the basis of their competence and ability. To support the workforce diversity, we are open to offer flexible working conditions on an individual basis to support work-life balance, that may include contract of employment, working hours and location, or child care arrangements.

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Additional information

Are you interested to be part of our team? Please submit your application before June 7, 2024 and include:
  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications, and motivations to apply for this position;
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, and, if applicable, a list of publications and references;
  • An IELTS-test, Internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT), or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE). Applicants with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet. TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).

Additional information can be acquired via email from Reinoud Joosten ( or Jan-Willem Bullee ( Please do not send applications to these email addresses.


  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1784


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 7 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).