Researcher in Participatory Systems Ergonomics and Knowledge Transfer in Engineering Design

DTU Management Engineering
Thursday 02 Nov 17

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DTU Management Engineering invites applications for a researcher position in Participatory Systems Ergonomics and Knowledge Transfer in Engineering Design starting as soon as possible. The position will be based in the Engineering Systems Division.

The Engineering Systems Division is growing fast and is characterised by a vibrant and supportive research environment with engaged staff and strong research collaborations with leading universities and industry worldwide. Our research focuses on understanding and improving the ways in which engineering systems are designed, managed, and operated throughout their life cycles.

The position as researcher is a permanent entry-level position.  

The research field is participatory systems ergonomics. Systems ergonomics is aiming at understanding the interactions among humans and other system elements in order to optimise human well-being and overall systems performance. In particular, we focus on complex sociotechnical systems such as work systems in production, architectural and engineering design. Stakeholder participation in the design of such systems are seen as a way to achieve better systems performance. Hence, we focus on developing and testing methods for stakeholder participation in engineering design projects.

Responsibilities and tasks
Are you interested in doing research in the design of complex sociotechnical systems from a systems ergonomics perspective, then you could be our new researcher. Your responsibility will be to significantly contribute to the strategic development of participatory systems ergonomics as an integrated part of the division’s research within understanding and improving the ways in which engineering systems are designed. Production systems and in a wider sense work systems are getting more complex requiring new ways of organizing the design processes for better systems performance and wellbeing of system stakeholders. This includes methods for participation of relevant stakeholders in design projects. When direct participation is not possible other methods for knowledge transfer from systems operations into design of new systems become important.

The research will primarily consist of developing and testing methodologies and tools within systems ergonomics and knowledge transfer in relation to architectural and engineering design projects. This is done in interactive research projects with industry partners, e.g. within production and engineering design consultancies. The relevant research approach includes case studies, qualitative data collection and analysis, observation methods, surveys, and visualization techniques.

Your research could include: 

  • Interactive research projects with industry partners testing new methods and tools for participatory systems design
  • Case studies of work system design practices
  • Analysing and modelling knowledge transfer from systems operations into design of new systems aiming at improving systems performance and stakeholder wellbeing
  • Develop and test methods for visualizing work systems in architectural and engineering design projects
  • Develop and test methods for simulating work systems as part of design projects

We expect you to publish in leading journals. You will engage in collaboration with international research collaborators, research groups in other divisions and DTU departments, and members in the Engineering Systems Division and hence contribute to the interdisciplinary engineering design research.

We expect the candidate to significantly contribute to the establishment of the advanced manufacturing and production area within the division. This includes to take a lead in initiating funding proposals. Furthermore, some teaching, and a limited amount of other assignments will be part of the tasks as well.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

We expect the candidate to have a strong academic track record in participatory ergonomics and systems design, including for example studying design practices, and development and test of methods and tools for stakeholder participation in design projects. It also includes experiences with analysing and modelling knowledge transfer from a human factors and ergonomics perspective, including for example transfer of operational knowledge into architectural and engineering design projects in order to improve systems performance and human wellbeing of new workplaces.

You must have shown the ability to engage with industry and other professional communities, and bridge between the academic and industry stakeholder communities.

We also consider the following personal competencies: 

  • You have excellent communication skills, fluent written and oral English. Danish language skills are not required, but considered a plus if present.
  • You have the ability to work results-driven and effectively towards self-imposed deadlines.
  • You are driven by exploring boundaries
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to 

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills
We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The position as researcher is a permanent entry-level position. After a maximum of 4 years, a researcher can be promoted to a senior researcher position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Ole Broberg,, tel.: +45 4525 6033, or Professor Anja Maier,

You can read more about the Engineering Systems Division at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 20 November 2017 (Local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Views regarding teaching research, based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • Documentation of precious teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimisation of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models and methods. Through our research and teaching we ensure an innovative, competitive and sustainable organisation and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 340 employees; including an academic staff of 190 and more than 70 PhD students. More than 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.