Several PhD positions on smart manufacturing solutions for high-tech application areas

University of Twente
March 17, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2.541
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In this role, you will work closely with academic and industry partners to develop innovative digital supported technologies and methods for the design and operation of future manufacturing. Examples are the development of digital twins of machines or whole factories, machine learning based process design and control or the establishment of innovative production technologies. You will deal with future oriented high tech application fields such as the manufacturing of batteries, elektrolysers, innovative biomed products, or semicon production equipment.

As a PhD researcher, you will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and collaborative research environment with leading industry partners in the field. You will also receive training and support to develop your research skills and advance your career.

Your first responsibility is to carry out the research, but you are also encouraged to acquire teaching experience. We support you to broaden your knowledge by joining international exchange programs, by participating in national and international conferences and workshops, and by visiting industrial companies, research institutes, and universities worldwide.

Your profile
  • You can switch between researching the future factory and publishing results in reputable journals, and also design practical applications that work with real people on the factory floor.
  • We are seeking candidates with a relevant engineering background in manufacturing, design and development (ideally in the application fields mentioned above).
  • You have experience in Information and communication technology: experience with hardware, software, and programming to support data collection, automation, and control systems.
  • You have experience in Data analytics/machine learning: proficiency in data processing, analysis, and interpretation to develop predictive models and optimize manufacturing processes.
  • You have experience in Modelling/assessment of technical systems: ability to develop and apply models for the assessment and optimization of technical systems.
  • Besides a clear research perspective, you are a "hands-on" person who enjoys building physical prototypes from low-tech to high-tech
  • You have strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently as well in a team.
  • You have excellent communication skills and are proficient in English, both spoken and written.
  • Our offer
  • We offer you an exciting position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
  • We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position.
  • We provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities.
  • You will be part of a dedicated team with which you will collaborate extensively with industry.
  • A starting salary of €2.541,- gross per month in the first year and increasing to €3.247,- gross per month in the fourth year.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities.
  • Information and application

    Additional information about this position can be obtained from Prof. Sebastian Thiede, Chair of Manufacturing Systems (e-mail: [email protected]) at the faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente.

    The application deadline is March 17th , 2023. You must use the “apply now” button below to submit your application. Please upload your application, including:

  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, references, and, if applicable, a list of publications.
  • A Motivational letter (maximum 2 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications, motivations to apply for this position, and research ideas for the PhD project.
  • We will hold the first round of interviews (via MsTeams) end of March 2023.

    About the organisation

    The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

    Want to know more Thiede, S. (Sebastian)

    Full Professor, Chair of Manufacturing Systems

    Thiede, S. (Sebastian)

    Full Professor, Chair of Manufacturing Systems

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Sebastian for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.



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    How to apply Step 1

    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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