PhD scholarship in Complexity Management

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The Department of Technology, Management and Economics at DTU-Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in complexity management, funded by MADE Fast and Haldor Topsøe. This includes analysis and quantification of the impact from product variety on production performance (mainly quality of products, on time delivery, and costs of production), and to develop initiatives to reduce the negative impact of product variety in production.

The PhD position will be based in the Management Science Division and more specifically in the research section Operations Management. 

The research field is Complexity Management. The objective of the project is to develop methods to visualize and quantify the product variety and the production facilities, and based on this develop initiatives to possibly reduce the impact of increased product variety on the product facilities. 

Responsibilities and qualifications

  • You will become part of a research team working intensively with complexity management.
  • You will be responsible for modelling the product variants and their production flow
  • You will contribute to the advanced research conducted in our department on complexity analysis and reduction of complexity.
  • Your research could include modelling product and production architectures, analysis of production performance relative to product variety, initiatives for reducing product variety and process complexity, and improve production processes to handle needed product variety, and quantification of possible benefits from these initiatives
  • You will engage in iterative analysis, development and implementation
  • You have the ability to work focused and to achieve ambitious goals

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. A relevant background could be a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, operations management, production engineering, or a degree in other areas with additional qualifications relevant for the responsibilities and tasks.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.


Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Lars Hvam, lahv@dtu.dk tel.: +45 4525 4435. 

You can read more about DTU Management at www.man.dtu.dk/english

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 14 June 2021 (Danish 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 out 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)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.   

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

DTU Management
DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology and economics - in close cooperation with companies and public authorities. In our research, we focus on the path to an efficient and sustainable society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. The department’s research is divided in four divisions: Innovation, Management Science, Sustainability and Transport. Furthermore, the department hosts a UN Collaborating Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable development. The UN DTU Partnership conducts research, policy analysis and advising on a global scale. The department offers a broad range of courses and programs at bachelor, master and PhD level across DTU’s study programs. DTU Management employs about 300 people. We offer an international environment with around 50 different nationalities represented at the department.


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